Ernst & Young, Microsoft Team Up to Give Businesses Cloud Boost
The global professional services firm will tap Microsoft's Azure-backed cloud computing portfolio to help clients digitize their business processes.Ernst & Young (EY) and Microsoft formed a partnership to manage the transition to cloud-enabled work styles and business processes for the professional services firm's clients, the companies announced. Dubbed the EY-Microsoft Digital Alliance, the project's aim is to help enterprises adopt new innovations in mobile, data analytics and cloud computing to improve business results while building on their current IT setups. "By using the combined forces of EY and Microsoft, companies can accelerate into a highly digitally enabled enterprise and optimize the investments in software they have made over the years," said Mark Weinberger, CEO of EY Global, in an April 22 statement. "This is all about helping companies improve their return on investment as they move to a more analytical, automated, cloud-based environment." The alliance rests on four distinct pillars, including EY's and Microsoft's Trusted Cloud Services (TCS) that enable businesses to make the transition to the cloud securely and in compliance with regulations governing data privacy. TCS employs big data processing capabilities to build an inventory of unstructured files and classify them to enhance data governance initiatives by identifying critical business data, and if desired, purge data that has lost its business value. Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner said in a statement that the combination of "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."
In addition, the companies said EY will collaborate closely with Microsoft Consulting Services to deploy enterprise products on Azure, Microsoft's globe-spanning cloud computing platform. EY and Microsoft also plan to use Azure applications to derive "near-term value" from a customer's existing software and data.