SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite Coming to Microsoft's Cloud
SAP chose Microsoft Azure to help expand the reach of its human capital management application portfolio. This marks the first time SAP is supplementing its own infrastructure and running SuccessFactors HCM on a third-party cloud.Microsoft and German business software giant SAP on Oct. 18 announced that the latter's cloud-based human capital management (HCM) software portfolio will soon be available on Azure. The deal marks the first time SAP is supplementing its own infrastructure and running SuccessFactors HCM on a third-party cloud, the companies said. In the next five years, joint customers will have access to SuccessFactors HCM on Microsoft's public cloud. The partnership "is a reflection of Microsoft's long history of understanding of the enterprise world," Judson Althoff, executive vice president of worldwide commercial business at Microsoft, told eWEEK. "Companies are looking for a cloud that is intelligent, global and trusted. We offer choice and flexibility that is meeting the unique needs of big businesses." SAP acquired online human resources software provider SuccessFactors in 2012 a deal valued at $3.4 billion. In the years since, SAP has layered additional functionality aimed at helping business leaders and human resource departments manage their workforces with an eye toward enhancing productivity, fostering employee engagement and addressing workplace challenges. Early this year, SAP added new continuous performance management capabilities to its SuccessFactors Performance & Goals solution, creating ongoing morale-boosting feedback system between managers and their subordinates. In May, the company announced it was tackling workplace bias and gender diversity by enlisting its HANA in-memory computing platform. Using text mining and machine learning techniques, SuccessFactors can help flag biases after analyzing job descriptions, employee performance review and other HR data.
Snapping up SuccessFactors was a good investment, according to SAP SuccessFactors president Mike Ettling. "SAP SuccessFactors has seen exponential growth over the past few years," Ettling told eWEEK.
With 42 million users, and over 5,000 clients, we continue to innovate as we support our customers' journey to the cloud."