Walmart inks 5-yr deal with Microsoft to strengthen digital innovation

Marco Green
July 18, 2018

Microsoft and Walmart, Amazon's biggest foes in cloud services and retail, announced a partnership to take on the everything store.

Mumbai: Retail giant Walmart on Tuesday said it has entered into a five-year partnership with Microsoft to leverage its cloud solutions for making shopping faster for its customers globally.

Doug McMillon, Walmart CEO, expressed his company's belief in Microsoft as a "strong partner". The company will also start developing a number of projects that utilize artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data platform solutions, all powered by the Microsoft cloud.

As part of the collaboration, hundreds of existing applications will be moved to cloud-native architectures like Azure.

Microsoft's business cloud computing platform known as Azure will help Walmart manage operations ranging from refrigeration and air conditioning to improving its supply chain and transportation.

Predix offers a range of IoT-focused apps, including flagship applications Predix Asset Performance Management and Predix ServiceMax, and is also open to customers to create their own services, with the likes of BP and Maersk regular users. The retailer also will be able to operate at scale as it builds a global Internet of Things (IoT) platform on Azure, ranging from connected HVAC and refrigeration units to reduce energy usage in thousands of USA stores to the application of machine learning in routing thousands of trucks in the supply chain. Walmart will also be conducting a phased rollout of Microsoft 365 services to its employees. For Walmart, the company will be able to use Microsoft's AI tech to compete with Amazon on the future of retail. In 2017, AWS totaled revenue of $17.5 billion, up 43% year over year and more than double its 2015 sales.

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