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Satya Nadella speaks at Microsoft Ignite 2016 (GeekWire Photo/Kevin Lisota)
Satya Nadella speaks at Microsoft Ignite 2016 (GeekWire Photo/Kevin Lisota)

Microsoft has expanded its partnership with German enterprise-software giant SAP, agreeing to put SAP’s SuccessFactors software on the Azure cloud within five years. SuccessFactors is human capital management software, which integrates numerous HR functions including recruiting new employees and then acculturating, training and assessing the new hires.

This marks the first time SAP has supplemented its own infrastructure with another vendor’s public cloud, Microsoft said in a release.

SuccessFactors currently has 42 million users, and the new agreement with Microsoft means “we will be able to expand our reach even further,” said Mike Ettling, president of SAP SuccessFactors, in the release.

SAP already runs SuccessFactors on its own cloud, a Microsoft spokesperson said. Under this partnership, it will offer SuccessFactors as an Azure service as well, he said.

Microsoft and SAP have already integrated several of their offerings, including links between Office 365 and SAP’s Fieldglass vendor-management software, its Ariba business-to-business sourcing marketplace, its Concur travel expense-management unit and SuccessFactors.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella discussed the partnership today at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Fla.

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