Microsoft and NTT team up to create new digital capabilities

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Microsoft and global IT services provider NTT DATA have announced they are to jointly pursue strategic opportunities as part of the Redmond giant’s multi-year strategic alliance with parent company NTT Corporation.

The move will focus on accelerating enterprise customers’ digital transformation with Microsoft Azure as the cloud solution of choice, with the aim of boosting business and increasing workplace productivity, the pair said.

“NTT DATA is committed to helping enterprises realize their digital transformation,” said Yo Honma, president and CEO of NTT DATA. “Through this strategic collaboration with Microsoft combining Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and digital technologies with NTT DATA’s experience and knowledge in delivering IT services, we will provide solutions and services that contribute to accelerating our enterprise customers digital transformation.”

Through this combination of NTT’s IT services and Microsoft’s cloud technologies, the collaboration aims to promote “workstyle innovation” using digital technology to enhance the capabilities of employees, the Redmond firm explained.

The pair will also work together to transform and establish NTT DATA’s organisational culture to promote the development of digital capabilities, with plans to “cultivate” around 10,000 certified employees worldwide to support customers’ digital transformation.

Additionally, NTT will explore Microsoft’s AI for Health program to work on tackling “some of the toughest challenges in global health”, as well as focus on supporting the United Nations’ sustainable development goals in AI imaging, it added.

“Through this collaboration, we look forward to combining NTT DATA’s global infrastructure and services expertise across industries with the power of Microsoft Azure and our productivity tools to create new opportunities and value for our clients by helping them to quickly digitally transform their business,” commented Alex Simons, corporate vice President of ID Program Management at Microsoft. “Together, we will continue exploring new solutions opportunities and added value for our clients.”

Daniel Todd

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