SuiteWorld 2015: NetSuite enters a strategic partnership with Microsoft

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This week, NetSuite is holding its 5th annual user conference, SuiteWorld. During the event, there are always exciting announcements alongside previews of new features. Here at NoBlue we’re writing a series of blogs to keep you up to date with all the big news. And yesterday’s announcement was indeed a good one!
NetSuite is entering a strategic cloud alliance with Microsoft Tweet this news
Yesterday, during his opening keynote, NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson announced that NetSuite is moving Microsoft out of the competitor file and entering a strategic cloud alliance with them. This new partnership will connect NetSuite’s cloud ERP platform with Microsoft Office 365, Windows and Microsoft Azure.
There is already an integration between NetSuite and Microsoft Outlook; however NetSuite understands that most businesses use Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint on a daily basis, so this integration is designed to make life easier for NetSuite’s customers.
Zach Nelson, NetSuite CEO had the following to say: “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.”

What will the NetSuite-Microsoft alliance entail?

1. NetSuite and Azure Active Directory

Available immediately, an integration between NetSuite and Azure Active Directory that enables single sign-on (SSO) for customers using NetSuite together with Azure Active Directory, thus eliminating the need for users to manage and use multiple passwords.
The integration also gives administrators centralised control of user authentication and password management while enabling organisations to strengthen role-based approaches to business management.
Built using Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0, the integration reduces the security risks of user-managed passwords while providing additional protection against phishing and other threats.

2. NetSuite and Microsoft Office 365

In the coming months NetSuite and Microsoft will start cloud-to-cloud integration between NetSuite and Office 365, providing seamless access to both technologies from within a single interface and improving productivity and collaboration across a variety of roles.
Through integration with Microsoft Excel, customers will be able to connect NetSuite data to Excel and Power BI for Office 365 to visualise information and discover new insights into their business.
Additionally, NetSuite will migrate its entire employee base to Office 365.

3. Migration from AWS to Azure

By the end of 2015, NetSuite will migrate from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and on-premise deployments to leverage Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud infrastructure platform.
In doing so, the company will take full advantage of the capabilities of Azure for testing. Developers, independent software vendors and customers will be able to build new software applications and integrations that leverage both NetSuite’s cloud business management suite and Azure’s powerful storage and compute capabilities.
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