- Walmart announced its partnership with Microsoft over cloud technology
- The two companies are cloud and retail giant, Amazon’s rivals
- Walmart tie-up with Microsoft is with the intention of making online shopping easier and faster for consumers globally
Walmart has recently announced that they have signed a deal with Microsoft to use Microsoft artificial intelligence and cloud technology. This deal brings the two Amazon foes together.
The agreement spans for a broad five years. According to the agreement, Walmart gets to leverage the complete range of Microsoft cloud services. These services also include Microsoft Azure Cloud Services and Microsoft 365.
“Walmart’s commitment to technology centres around creating convenient ways for customers to shop and empower associates to do their best”, Microsoft quoted The COE of Walmart Doug McMillon on their official news site. “Walmart is a people led, tech-empowered company. And we are excited about what this technology partnership will bring for our customers and associates. Whether it combines with our agile cloud platform or leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence to work smarter, we believe Microsoft will be a strong partner in driving our ability to innovate even further and faster.”
Microsoft, on their official news site, quoted Satya Nadela, the CEO of Microsoft as, “Walmart is committed to empower its employees and to deliver the best experience for its customers globally”. “The world’s leading companies run on the cloud, and I am thrilled to partner with Walmart to accelerate their digital transformation with Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure.”
Walmart Cloud Services
Walmart tie-up with Microsoft on cloud technology is with the intention of making online shopping quicker and easier for Walmart’s customers. As a part of the agreement, Microsoft and Walmart’s engineers will work together during the assessment, development and support phase. Moreover, they shall be moving a significant part of walmart.com and samsclub.com to Microsoft Azure Cloud Services, Walmart said.
According to Reuters report last month, Walmart is trying to double down its e-commerce presence to compete with Amazon on the web presence front. The same report also states that Microsoft has been working on the technology to eliminate cashiers and checkout lines. Thus, the Walmart Microsoft partnership would benefit both in their respective ways.
Walmart currently uses Microsoft’s services for the certain critical applications. It is further embarking on the wide range of cloud services that leverage Microsoft Artificial Intelligence.
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