Infosys and Microsoft extend partnership for digital transformation services

01 June 2018 Authored by Consultancy.in

Infosys – one of Microsoft’s managed services partners across the globe – has announced an extension of its alliance with the global software giant. The renewed alliance will focus on offering digital transformation services, boosted by the establishment of a new Microsoft Cloud Business Unit within Infosys’ operations. 

Indian IT services giant Infosys was among the first partners that Microsoft has made across the globe through its Worldwide Enterprise & Partner Group (EPG). The EPG  essentially selects prominent systems integrators for its alliances, specifically those capable of forwarding Microsoft solutions, and offers them corporate and management support. 

Infosys was selected for its technical ability and global presence, and has been working to incorporate Microsoft Azure, .NET, Microsoft Business Solutions, and a host of other products into its integrated offerings. The partnership includes the deployment of Microsoft designers to help Infosys develop solutions. As an Azure partner, Infosys has developed five Microsoft Learning & Certification Centres, which operate with over 1,400 consultants across the world.

Recently, Infosys has increased its emphasis on its digital transformation offerings, having unveiled a three-year strategy for the segment earlier this year under its new CEO. Over the next three years, the firm hopes to achieve stability in its current operations, gradually build momentum, and accelerate in strategically selected areas.Infosys and Microsoft extend partnership for digital transformation servicesTo this end, the firm has now announced the extension of its partnership with Microsoft. Alongside the continued offering of digital transformation services, Infosys will now establish a Microsoft Cloud Business Unit, which will be comprised of experts from a variety of backgrounds, including consultants, IT specialists, and sales executives.

The unit’s service offerings will span Dynamics 365, Windows 10, and Microsoft Azure, building on the partnership’s current work with the financial services, retail, communications, and oil & gas industries, among a number of others. Infosys already offers support with transitions to Microsoft Cloud, which the duo will now build on through a new Cloud Solution Provider Agreement (CSP).

Under the CSP, Infosys will be given the reins for each step of the transformation process, from migration to billing and support. In addition, the Indian tech firm will open a global Microsoft Cloud Innovation Centre in the US, wherein it will facilitate discussion of new technologies, incubation, and the further dissemination of solutions.

Commenting on the renewed partnership, Ravi Kumar S, President and Deputy Chief Operating Office at Infosys said, “Our clients, large global corporations are continuing to scale their digital agendas to transform their business and operating models. This presents a unique opportunity for Infosys to partner with our clients and help them navigate this disruption. Our newly formed Microsoft Cloud Business Unit will help to synergize best-in-class capabilities; and our investments across Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Dynamics 365 will support in orchestrating differentiated solutions in the age of digital, thereby empowering our clients to energize their core and amplifying a superior experience across stakeholders.”

Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President of Microsoft Corporation said, “Globally, customers are moving quickly to digitally transform their organisations and are increasingly turning to the Microsoft Cloud to realize their digital ambitions. By launching its Microsoft Cloud Business Unit, Infosys can better respond to customers' digital needs through a cohesive approach that integrates Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Dynamics 365.”

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