Monday, 6th December 2021
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NTT DATA and Microsoft partner to enable new digital solutions

NTT DATA and Microsoft are jointly pursuing strategic opportunities as part of the multi-year strategic alliance announced in December with parent company NTT Corporation. The companies today announced an expansion of the alliance with a focus on accelerating enterprise customers’ digital transformation with Microsoft Azure as a preferred cloud solution to help accelerate business and increase workplace productivity.

The alliance brings together NTT DATA’s best-in-class global IT services with Microsoft’s trusted cloud platform, AI technologies and suite of productivity tools aimed at helping business digitally transform, increasing efficiencies of business operations and productivity.

In today’s rapidly changing business environment, there are growing demands for clients to achieve digital transformation through agile system integration utilising cloud computing and other technologies. NTT DATA provides a comprehensive business and IT services to clients across industries, including consulting-led IT strategy and managed services, as well as system design, integration, operations and maintenance. Microsoft technologies that will enable digital transformation on the cloud include Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams and Dynamics 365.

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

“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 quickly digitally transform their business. Together, we will continue exploring new solutions opportunities and added value for our clients,” said Alex Simons, Corporate Vice President, ID Program Management, Microsoft.

Key initiatives of the alliance include:

Client’s Digital Transformation  

The companies will work together to help companies digitally transform their business, jointly enhancing and deploying solutions and services built on Microsoft Azure, and leveraging Microsoft’s suite of productivity tools Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Teams. The companies will enhance NTT DATA’s knowledge management solution everis knowler, and robotics process automation tool WinActor focusing on streamlining business operations and increasing productivity and efficiency. NTT DATA and Microsoft will leverage the solution area that includes Azure migration service and managed services for mission-critical systems such as SAP and also support the acceleration of digital transformation across industries.

Workstyle Innovation

NTT DATA and Microsoft will promote workstyle innovation using digital technology to maximize organizational power by enhancing the capabilities of employees globally. In this initiative, NTT DATA will accelerate the transformation of workstyles within NTT DATA through the security offerings provided by Microsoft 365 and collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams. By promoting the development of internal IT environments and rules with the aim of improving productivity, NTT DATA will transform workstyles throughout the organization and improve performance by sharing best practices for increased results. Based on the results obtained through these activities and the knowledge sharing of system implementation, both companies will propose workstyle changes to clients in all industries.

Capability Development

The companies will work together to transform and establish NTT DATA’s organizational culture to promote the development and utilization of the digital capabilities at NTT DATA by utilizing various digital transformation cases that Microsoft has created around the world. Additionally, NTT DATA plans to cultivate approximately 10,000 employees worldwide qualified with digital technologies and Microsoft cloud-related certifications, supporting customer digital transformation.

Technology For Good

NTT DATA will explore Microsoft’s AI for Health philanthropic program empowering the company to work on tackling some of the toughest challenges in global health. Microsoft’s AI for Health empowers researchers and organizations with AI to help improve the health of people and communities around the world. NTT DATA will focus on supporting the United Nations’ sustainable development goals in the areas of AI imaging.

Simon Williams, CEO at NTT DATA UK, commented: “NTT DATA prides itself on creating long-term relationships with clients and partners alike, and this partnership with Microsoft further consolidates our ongoing collaboration. We are looking forward to working closely with Microsoft to develop a relationship where we can help and learn from each other, in order to provide the best digital solutions available to our customers.

“This partnership will strengthen our capabilities to service organisations during this turbulent time. By offering platforms and collaboration tools, such as Microsoft Teams, NTT DATA will help businesses become more people-centric and support their digital transformation journeys as they move towards a hybrid way of working, where teams are located both in the office and remotely.

“Moreover, technology has the power to transform our healthcare services in particular and automation has a crucial role to play in this. NTT DATA is proud of the work it does to support healthcare organisations and the NHS, so we are pleased that our collaboration with Microsoft includes measures to use automation and AI technology to help prevent the spread of infections like coronavirus, allowing us to play our part in beating this pandemic and preventing this kind of crisis in future.”

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