NetSuite's backend functions will be hosted on Microsoft Azure, rather than AWS, following partnership to bring Office 365, Windows and Azure to its customers, the vendor announced this morning at SuiteWorld in San Jose.
Customers of the ERP and e-commerce cloud vendor will immediately be able to use Microsoft applications like Office 365 with NetSuite through a single sign on using Active Directory.
The two vendors are working together to develop a single interface that will allow firms to “seamlessly” access all their business applications.
Eventually, Microsoft Excel users will be able to connect their NetSuite data and Power BI for Office 365 to analyse data from core NetSuite applications.
Additionally, NetSuite announced that it would migrate its entire employee base to Office 365 and has begun migrating its cloud infrastructure from AWS and on-premise deployments to the Azure platform.
Speaking from a video link, Satya Nadella said the parternship would allow firms to thrive in a “mobile first, cloud first world”.
Microsoft’s developer platform vice president (and chief evangelist) Steve Guggenheimer added: "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."
NetSuite's 'largest ever customer' goes live on financial apps
NetSuite’s CEO Zach Nelson announced the vendor’s “largest ever customer” during a keynote at SuiteWorld in San Jose this morning. American Express’ new Global Business Travel arm will run its entire global financial operations on NetSuite.
The business travel agency has operations and network partners in nearly 140 countries worldwide with approximately 14,000 employees, providing business travel services like research, events and consultancies around the world.
Its first phase of NetSuite OneWorld, which went live on Friday and will be deployed in four more phases, will process financial consolidations across dozens of countries and currencies and process its order-to-cash and procure-to-pay functions.
Rather than use American Express’ existing software, Chief Strategy Officer Steve Curts said that the new firm’s decision to “start over” led it to deploying “all cloud” for every business application.
Curts said: “We were a conglomeration of multiple systems built over last 24 years, therefore it was really difficult to integrate new products or differentiate us from other travel products.”