Microsoft has unveiled plans to combine Groups with a spread of SAP enterprise functions, enabling employees to share data extra simply with out leaving the collaboration platform.
The 2 firms introduced that the German enterprise software program vendor’s S/4HANA enterprise useful resource planning (ERP) software, utilized by lots of the world’s largest organizations, will join into Microsoft’s collaboration platform. There are additionally plans for integrations with SAP’s SuccessFactors HR software and SAP Buyer Expertise, a buyer relationship administration (CRM) platform.
The announcement was a part of a broader deal that may see SAP S/4HANA hosted on Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure.
The integrations between Groups — which has 115 million day by day energetic customers — and SAP’s merchandise are “deliberate for supply in mid-2021,” based on an announcement Friday.
“By integrating Microsoft Groups throughout our answer portfolio, we are going to carry collaboration to the subsequent stage, collectively figuring out the way forward for work and enabling the frictionless enterprise,” mentioned SAP CEO Christian Klein.
Microsoft didn’t instantly reply to a request for additional particulars on how the integrations will operate.
Groups already integrates with a handful of well-liked companies functions, together with human sources and gross sales instruments akin to HR software program supplier Workday, whereas Salesforce and Microsoft introduced an integration with the CRM software program vendor’s Gross sales and Service Cloud merchandise in October. There are additionally integrations between Groups and Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 platform.
Though Microsoft is but to supply particulars on the capabilities of the integrations with SAP’s software program, the flexibility to higher join employees with key apps ought to assist embed Group into the workflow of much more customers, mentioned Larry Cannell, a analysis director at Gartner.
“What I want to see from this partnership is [for] enterprise knowledge and software features to be accessible from inside Groups’ channels,” mentioned Cannell. Such integrations would enable workgroups to do greater than ship messages and co-author paperwork — vital capabilities in themselves — and would make channels extra purposeful and related, he mentioned.
“This represents the subsequent stage of maturity for Groups,” mentioned Cannell. “Channels can present a collaborative interface for transactional functions, a lot of which have been by no means designed to be collaborative. This permits workgroups to work together with the functions collectively; they’ll focus on, reply and study from one another inside a bunch context (the channel).
“Suppose [developer chat tools], however for the suit-and-tie crowd utilizing SAP.”
In different Groups information, Microsoft final week introduced an replace to the integrations with its enterprise social community software Yammer. Customers of each functions can now obtain notifications from Yammer immediately into the Group Exercise feed inside Groups. This implies quicker entry to updates on vital bulletins made in Yammer “communities,” for example, or when a consumer is @talked about within the social community app.