Microsoft joins with EY to help customers move to digital technology

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 23 April 2015
Microsoft joins with EY to help customers move to digital technology

Microsoft has partnered with EY to help customers accelerate cloud and data analytics adoption, improve employee experience and maximise their return on investment in digital technologies.

EY, a provider of assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, will develop new solutions that combine its practices in analytics, cyber security, digital enterprise strategy and programme management with Microsoft’s cloud and data platforms.

“By using the combined forces of EY and Microsoft, companies can accelerate into a highly digitally-enabled enterprise and optimise the investments in software they have made over the years,” said Mark Weinberger, global chairman and CEO of EY. “This is all about helping companies improve their return on investment as they move to a more analytical, automated, cloud-based environment.”

Together, the companies will develop solutions to enhance cyber security in various industries, as well as enterprise products on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. They will also create Azure-based applications to harvest near-term value out of software and data that reside currently within customers’ existing operations.

In addition, the companies will establish co-innovation capabilities on a host of advanced management science applications and help customers to benefit from the internet of things.

“Bringing together EY’s advisory services with Microsoft’s trusted cloud capabilities will help customers turn data insights into action, deliver measurable business outcomes and accelerate their transformations,” said Kevin Turner, COO at Microsoft. “Together we will help customers realise the full benefits of their investments more quickly and utilise technology for strategic advantage.”

EY already offers several services that run on various Microsoft technologies, such as the Trusted Cloud, a risk-based cyber security solution for the cloud and 3D Spend Analytics, a predictive, platform-based analytics service that uses Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint, HPC, HD Insight Hadoop, Azure and Azure Machine Learning.

The company also provides the Program Performance Center, which combines Microsoft Azure, SQL Server and productivity tools such as Project Server and Power BI with EY’s integrated suite of programme management processes, data capture and analysis protocols.

“As one of Microsoft’s largest customers and business service providers, EY brings a unique ability to understand the business impact of Microsoft technologies and services,” said Carmine Di Sibio, EY global managing partner for client service. “As this relationship accelerates, EY and Microsoft expect to develop and launch a series of new business-driven digital offerings to help customers achieve their potential in a better working world.”

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