SuccessFactors, the global leader in business execution software, recently announced an agreement with VMware to empower its customers and partners to extend SuccessFactors applications using the VMware Cloud Foundry™ Platform as a Service (PaaS) beta.
“We’re thrilled to launch our Cloud Foundry™ project with SuccessFactors. Cloud Foundry™ continues to gain traction as the PaaS of choice for modern and open cloud application development,” explained Paul Maritz, CEO of VMware. “This new project takes the Cloud Foundry™ vision one step further, enabling customers to extend and build custom applications around SuccessFactors to address specific business and vertical use cases, without restricting the choice of development frameworks, data or application services.”
Lars Dalgaard, Founder and CEO of SuccessFactors, said, “This agreement is the revolution the cloud industry needs. Our announcement with VMware represents a paradigm shift in the way companies will consume cloud services. We believe SuccessFactors has the world’s largest cloud deployments, and we plan to empower our 3,500+ customers with 15 million subscription seats and our partners to rapidly develop custom extensions and integrations of our solutions on Cloud Foundry™ in an open and non-proprietary manner. This open approach will allow CIOs to leverage the skills they already have on their team, and further unlock the value from their investment with SuccessFactors.”
Dalgaard continued, “This is a strategic move for our customers because as their use of our various applications is increasing, in many cases customers are using 5-10 SuccessFactors applications, the ability to interface and extend into other business areas is irresistible for them. Where we don’t want to build them ourselves, through Cloud Foundry™ we can extend business data from our apps into company specific apps and extensions connecting us deeper into our customers’ business, at a low cost to them and without cost to us.”
The business execution software company was able to build its first application on CloudFoundry.com within hours that integrated Google Maps data with SuccessFactors’ employee location data from its next generation Core HR Information System platform, Employee Central. The company’s customers and partners can now have the same ability to easily build, test and run their applications on CloudFoundry.com. In the near term, the new SuccessFactors integration with Cloud Foundry™ will enable customers and partners to combine its capabilities with other web applications.