Microsoft Corp. a global technological leader announced collaboration with Accenture to help entrepreneurs and start-ups that are focused on social impact and sustainability. The joint initiative will provide hands-on support and technologies to social enterprises, helping them to build scalable solutions that can lead to more tangible and lasting benefits for a greater number of people across the globe.
The partnership between the two companies is part of their shared vision to intensify the societal impact of emerging technology with the long-term goal of reaching a million lives globally. As per agreement Microsoft Research India and Accenture Labs will help social enterprise startups test and validate proof-of-concepts; and provide support in exploring and using Microsoft technologies.
The major partnerships and investments by Microsoft are mentioned below:
February 2020: Microsoft will invest $1.1 billion in Mexico over the next five years. The company will to develop training programs and increase the availability of cloud computing services in the country. The company will establish training labs to boost skills in the country.
December 2019: Microsoft Taiwan announced a global strategic partnership with Asia’s leading media technology company, KKBOX Group, to migrate the group’s subsidiary KKBOX’s music streaming services to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. As per agreement, KKStream a KKBOX Group subsidiary has joined Microsoft’s global partner network to release BlendVision, a next-generation commercial video streaming solution that will harness data and AI to effectively reduce operating costs of over-the-top (OTT) platform operators.
December 2019: Microsoft Corp and KPMG strengthened their global relationship through a five-year agreement to accelerate digital transformation for KPMG member firms and mutual clients. KPMG will invest approximately $5 billion in a new digital strategy. KPMG is modernizing its workplace using the Microsoft 365 suite of cloud-based collaboration and productivity tools, including Microsoft Teams.
October 2019: Microsoft has acquired Calgary based Mover, a leading provider of cloud file migration, including admin-led and self-service offerings. The acquisition of Mover will simplify and speed file migration to Microsoft 365. Mover supports migration from over a number of cloud service providers including Box, Dropbox, Egnyte, and Google Drive into OneDrive and SharePoint.
July 2019: Microsoft Corp. announced a partnership with OpenAI, to further extend Microsoft Azure’s capabilities in large-scale AI systems. The two companies were thinking deeply about the role of AI in the world and how to build secure, trustworthy, and ethical AI to serve the public.
Accenture is a global professional services company, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. It provides a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, digital, consulting, technology, and operations. The company has more than 492,000 people serving clients in around 120 countries.