Nadella on combining Office 365 and Dynamics CRM with LinkedIn
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the technology giant's $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn opens the door to tighter integration between Office 365 and Dynamics ERP/CRM with the 433 million member-strong social media platform.
"This is about being able to take [what Microsoft has] and then bring insights at the next level," said Nadella. "Now you combine that with [what LinkedIn has] and the combination of the two can give a lot of data and information, and that's where some of our best machine learning and [artificial intelligence] work will happen."
Under the terms of the deal, Microsoft will pay $196 per share in an all cash transaction – a roughly 50 percent premium for LinkedIn shareholders.
Nadella has promised that LinkedIn will retain its "distinct brand, culture and independence" with Jeff Weiner remaining as CEO of the social media networking site.
Speaking with analysts after the deal was announced, Nadella addressed the product integration roadmap, how it will help the value proposition around machine learning and analytics, and post-merger performance metrics.