NetSuite inks strategic cloud deal with Microsoft

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NetSuite has inked a deal with Microsoft which will see closer integration between Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and productivity suite and NetSuite’s ERP online software.

The partnership was announced by NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson at the firm’s SuiteWorld event Tuesday in San Jose.
The deal between the two tech giants will link NetSuite’s software and Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory to let customers take advantage of single sign-on to applications, and centralized management of user authentication and passwords.

The duo will also begin working on connecting NetSuite’s ERP tools and Microsoft’s Office 365 online productivity suite over the coming months which will enable users to access both suites via a single interface. Customers will also be able to integrate NetSuite data with Excel and Power BI for Office 365.

“We’re at the ‘end of the beginning’ of the cloud, in that the cloud business model that NetSuite pioneered in 1998 is becoming the de facto standard for how fast-growth businesses are run,” said Zach Nelson, NetSuite CEO.

“We’re thrilled to work with Microsoft to deliver a fluid cloud environment across the key NetSuite and Microsoft applications that companies and their employees rely on to continually improve their day-to-day operations and run their business better and more efficiently.”

Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform & Evangelism and Chief Evangelist for Microsoft, said “I’m excited about NetSuite’s support for Azure Active Directory for single sign-on, cloud-to-cloud integration and increasing our collaboration across mobile and cloud solutions.”

“Our joint vision is all about giving people the freedom to get more done through the broadening set of devices they interact with that in turn helps businesses innovate and grow.”