Microsoft partners with Workday, bringing its finance and HR applications to Office 365

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Microsoft and Workday have announced a new global strategic partnership to deliver integrations that mirror where and how people want to work across Microsoft Office 365 and Workday. As part of the partnership, Workday’s finance and HR applications will be coming to Office 365  in the second quarter of 2017.

The goal of the partnership is to simplify day-to-day tasks, enhance collaboration, and infuse more intelligence into the organizations of Microsoft and Workday customers.  As seen above, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made an appearance in a video seen at Workday Rising (where the partnership was announced,) and said:

Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet, and key to this is forging strategic partnerships with companies including Workday… Blending the power of Workday’s cloud-based finance and HR applications with the cloud productivity of Office 365 will enable our customers to simplify their businesses processes, enhance collaboration, and infuse more intelligence into their organizations.

The integration will be coming in the second quarter of 2017, and leveraging the Microsoft Graph API will enable joint customers to simplify collaboration and transform how work gets done across organizations, teams, and projects. Additionally, thanks to Microsoft Flow and Workday’s dynamic process framework, the integration will also eliminate mundane tasks and manual processes by automating workflow across any third-party applications. Lastly, connecting Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) with the Microsoft Graph will provide people and teams with rich, actionable insights into the company’s communication and collaboration trends.

What do you think of this partnership between Microsoft and Workday? The two companies have noted that they are hoping to work together to deliver additional, deeper connections between their solutions. Do you think this is good for the future of Microsoft products or even Office 365? As always, please do let us know what you think by dropping us a comment below!