Apps Run The World

Microsoft Digital Transformation Initiatives

Apps Run The World

About the Customer

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services.

Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by Microsoft Windows. 

Scope and Challenges

Microsoft was looking to reduce their costs from the HR software they had on their own and to expand the flexibility and extensibility in the group's HR department. So in the third quarter of 2016 Microsoft has chosen the full SAP HCM Suite including SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, for its 114,000 full-time employees.

Microsoft selected the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite for its global capabilities, flexibility and extensibility, and open platform strategy. Microsoft expects not only to reduce costs and drive greater operational efficiency but also to deliver an enhanced employee experience consistent with its mobile-first, cloud-first philosophy that attracts and retains talent, fosters employee engagement and drives improved business outcomes.

At Microsoft, they've recently migrated the enterprise’s SAP environment to Microsoft Azure, as part of their planned transition from SAP ECC 6.0 to the new SAP S/4HANA platform. With already gaining the numerous business and operational benefits that Azure cloud infrastructure affords—and seeing cost savings, too. Moving SAP, onto Azure, also marked the beginning of another new chapter: an expanded partnership with SAP. 

Outcome and Implications

This implementation is a continuation of a longstanding partnership between SAP and Microsoft, including the recent news that SAP has selected Microsoft Azure as a preferred public cloud service for SAP SuccessFactors solutions. The history of the SAP-Microsoft partnership includes integrations between Office 365 and SAP SuccessFactors, as well as SAP Fieldglass, SAP Ariba and Concur, broad support for the SAP HANA platform on Azure, and hardware configurations specifically designed for the largest and most demanding SAP workloads.


“HR today has become overly complex, especially for large global enterprises contending with hundreds of legal and regulatory jurisdictions,” said Mike Ettling, president of SAP SuccessFactors.

“Microsoft recognizes that transformation requires simplifying that environment, but just as importantly, as a global technology innovator, it also realizes the importance of providing its people with cloud-based solutions that are cool and easy to use. We’re proud to partner in supporting Microsoft’s continuing journey.”

“As we accelerate digital transformation at Microsoft and define the future of the industry, it is important that we have world-class platforms to develop our talent, enable them to build meaningful careers and drive employee productivity,” said Jacky Wright, vice president of IT at Microsoft.

“Our people are the key to our continued success and SAP shares our commitment to simplifying our global processes and building modern, integrated employee experiences. As an industry leader, SAP has the human capital management expertise to help us further our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, including our employees.”

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