NetSuite execs connected with Nadella, and the two software companies began searching out common ground, Nelson said.
The partnership they struck is driving development of connectors between NetSuite's ERP and the Office 365 and Azure platforms.
That will yield tighter integrations with email, calendaring and many other Office 365 services, and will also reduce security vulnerabilities and add threat protections, Nadella said in a video message to SuiteWorld attendees.
While NetSuite already uses Azure internally for its development and test environments, the emerging alliance with Microsoft, which will continue expanding over the coming year, will make Azure NetSuite's "preferred" Infrastructure-as-a-Service partner.
Nelson told attendees "the next disruption coming to every industry and across industry is the omni-disruption." Businesses are looking to develop diverse channels to reach their customers, and NetSuite is focused on enabling that new paradigm, he said.
To that end, he revealed a point-of-sale solution that links the physical and electronic retail components.
The SuiteCommerce InStore aims to deliver in-store experiences that are similar to those that consumers have online, Nelson said.