Singtel joins forces with Microsoft for 5G edge computing

Singapore’s oldest and largest telecommunications provider Singtel has joined hands with tech titan Microsoft to launch 5G edge computing on Microsoft’s flagship cloud platform Azure.

The collaboration will see Singtel’s multi-access edge compute (MEC) platform be integrated with Microsoft’s Azure Stack capabilities, which means that Singapore’s Microsoft Azure customers will be able to access the MEC to power and scale their enterprise operations.

“Our collaboration places the benefits of 5G and MEC, such as high connection speeds and low latency, in the hands of enterprises, empowering them to use, create, deploy and scale up new 5G solutions,” said Bill Chang, CEO of Group Enterprises at Singtel.

With this, enterprises in Singapore will soon be able to deliver applications with a latency as low as 10 milliseconds. They will also be able to leverage said MEC to process complex applications such as VR, AR, self-driving vehicles, drones and robots.

Yousef Khalidi, Corporate Vice President of Azure for Operators at Microsoft, said that the collaboration marks a new chapter for both companies in unlocking the power of 5G.

“With Singtel’s 5G network, Microsoft’s cloud and edge solutions, and our combined ecosystem of partners, we lower the barriers for enterprises to adopt next generation technologies that drive real business value,” he continued.

Microsoft awards Enfrasys for digital transformation efforts in Malaysia during pandemic

When Malaysia enforced a month-long Movement Control Order in June, many enterprises were hit hard, but tech company Enfrasys Consulting was one of the few that prospered.

As Malaysians began to work remotely by the time the country entered lockdown, problems arose. Businesses needed to upgrade existing softwares, and organisations that were underprepared became vulnerable to cybercrime.

This is where Enfrasys stepped in. During the MCO, the company worked closely with organisations under Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance and in the financial services industry. 

As a partner of Microsoft, Enfrasys introduced clients to new tools such as Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft Azure Advanced Threat Protection and Microsoft Cloud App Security that provided efficiency and security in the workplace. 

In recognition of their digital transformation efforts and their outstanding year-on-year business growth of 138.6%, Microsoft awarded Enfrasys with the title of Microsoft Partner of the Year for Malaysia.

“Winning the Microsoft Partner of the Year award for Malaysia is an incredible accomplishment for us, and we remain committed as always, to empowering Malaysian businesses and accelerating digitalization in the country,” said Beh Chor How, Managing Director of Enfrasys.

Enfrasys also made commendable progress in cloud computing and automation.The homegrown tech company in Malaysia introduced Azure CycleCloud and Azure Arc to promote hybrid cloud, boost the scalability of data servers and enhance computational power.

“These partners go above and beyond, delivering timely solutions that solve the complex challenges that businesses around the world face,” said Gavriella Schuster, the Corporate Vice President for One Commercial Partner at Microsoft.

This is the second time that Enfrasys has been awarded Partner of the Year. The first was in 2018.

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Microsoft and NTT DATA announce cloud alliance to accelerate enterprise digital transformation

Microsoft and NTT DATA have announced an alliance to accelerate enterprise customer’s digital transformation using Microsoft Azure as their preferred cloud solution.

The partnership will bring together NTT DATA’s global IT services and Microsoft’s cloud platform and AI technologies to help accelerate business and increase workplace productivity.

“Together, we will continue exploring new solutions opportunities and added value for our clients,” said Alex Simons, the Corporate Vice President of ID Program Management at Microsoft.

The key initiatives of the strategic collaboration include innovating workstyle, transforming NTT DATA’s organisational culture and enhancing solutions for customers to digitally transform.

Plans to support digital transformation by developing around 10,000 employees worldwide who are qualified with digital technologies and Microsoft cloud certifications are being drawn up by NTT DATA.

“NTT DATA is committed to helping enterprises realise their digital transformation,” said Yo Honma, the President and CEO of NTT DATA.

The companies will look to streamline business operations and increase productivity by enhancing NTT DATA’s everis knowler, their knowledge management solution and WinActor, a robotics process automation tool.

Microsoft Azure’s migration and managed services will be implemented for mission-critical systems such as SAP and support the acceleration of digital transformation across industries.

Both companies will propose workstyle changes to clients in all industries through focused security offerings and collaboration tools.

NTT DATA, a leading Japan-based global IT services provider, will also explore Microsoft’s AI for Health philanthropic program to tackle some of the toughest global health challenges and support the United Nations’ sustainable development goals in the areas of AI imaging.

The partnership between NTT DATA and Microsoft is an expansion of the tech giant’s alliance with the parent company NTT Corporation announced in December 2019.

The multi-year strategic alliance aimed to form a Global Digital Fabric, which combined Microsoft Cloud and NTT’s public cloud, global data center and network infrastructures. This initiative looked to create a highly sustainable and robust environment for enterprises to focus on their digital ambitions around the world.

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