Consulting, technology and outsourcing services company, Infosys, has announced an expanded relationship with Microsoft Corp and a global strategic initiative with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Infosys plans to simplify and automate migration to Microsoft products and accelerate Microsoft Azure-based digital transformations for clients and will use AWS to host a suite of Infosys technologies that will help enterprise customers securely and swiftly adopt cloud-based systems.
Enterprises wanting to migrate to the cloud select Azure as an open, hyper-scale, enterprise-grade cloud platform. Microsoft and Infosys together will address a range of migration and implementation scenarios to bring the benefits of cloud to clients quickly and easily. With AWS, Infosys will enable clients to move enterprise workloads including mainframe and enterprise resource planning (ERP) to the AWS Cloud.
Infosys’ learning and education center continuously renews the skills of thousands of engineers, helping to drive innovation and automation in all engagements with Microsoft. For example, Infosys provides Dev-Ops and testing automation support to Microsoft. With the enhanced alliance with Microsoft as a Global Managed Alliance Partner, Infosys brings the productivity benefits of Microsoft products to its global client base, and is also a provider of technology and business process services to Microsoft.
Infosys will provide a broad range of offerings to accelerate the adoption of Azure, Analytics and SQL Server 2016. Clients will be able to leverage solutions such as the Healthcare Analytics Suite along with migrations of a wide range of technologies including Mainframe and Linux. The company will expand the availability of its products on Azure, in addition to Finacle, to clients. (Finacle suite is Infosys’ core banking product available on Azure for the past one year).
Building for future
In order to assist Microsoft clients, Infosys, along with Microsoft, will also build design tools, solution frameworks and accelerators to simplify and automate a significant part of the effort required by clients to migrate and manage their implementations on to Microsoft products. 5,000 consultants will be skilled on Azure by Infosys in the next couple of years, along with a broad range of tools and solutions designed to accelerate the delivery of services that will drive legacy transformation, workload migration and analytics services.
The two companies will establish a global Azure Innovation Center, an ecosystem to proliferate the development of innovative solutions and offerings to help our enterprise clients utilize the power of the Microsoft cloud platform. The center will utilize the best of design thinking to enable Infosys architects to incubate, differentiate, adopt and showcase the impact of emerging technologies. Both companies will enable clients on cloud transformation journeys to utilize capabilities across Azure, Microsoft Dynamics and Cortana Analytics suite
Judson Althoff, President, Microsoft North America, says, “Enterprises today are on a journey of digitization reinventing business processes and adapting to new business models to build a competitive advantage. We are working closely with Infosys in North America and other markets around the globe to help our customers in their digital transformation journey. We are excited about the accelerated Infosys investment in building a global pool of resources together with a range of industry applications. Our efforts will allow both companies to meet the explosive demand of a new generation of solutions powered by Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics.”
The AWS initiative
Together, Infosys and AWS plan to enable clients to move enterprise workloads including mainframe and enterprise resource planning (ERP) to the AWS Cloud. Infosys will be leveraging AWS’s offerings around analytics to provide deep, actionable insights and enable enterprises to gain competitive advantage in their industries. It will support enterprises in their transition from legacy technologies to the modern, innovative AWS Cloud.
Rationale behind the collaboration
According to Infosys, legacy technologies and deployments are increasingly difficult and costly to improve and maintain, hindering the delivery of new business applications and preventing enterprises from innovating rapidly. With the AWS Cloud infrastructure, businesses can changes this equation by reducing IT spends, while enabling the realization of new IT innovations and also reducing infrastructure spending.
Both the companies are focusing on workload migration solutions (SAP and other Enterprise workloads), mainframe and legacy modernization services to move complex legacy workloads, and data and analytics solutions including hybrid analytics cloud platform and Analytics-as-a-service (AaaS). The collaboration will include Infosys Assurance Suite, which focuses on security, risk management, compliance and governance aspects of AWS deployment for customers, and Infosys Information Platform (IIP), the data and analytics platform that helps enterprises leverage their data assets for innovation and enhance business growth.
Mike Clayville, Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Business Development, Amazon Web Services, says, “AWS works with many large, complex enterprise organizations that are looking to transform their business by leveraging the AWS Cloud,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Business Development, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “The strategic collaboration with Infosys will help accelerate these organizations’ legacy workload migrations to the cloud by empowering them to rapidly achieve the agility benefits of moving to AWS. Customers will now have more streamlined access to several innovative cloud computing solutions that stand to transform and modernize their enterprise.”
Infosys playing its part
Like Microsoft and Infosys’ relationship, the consulting company will be creating a dedicated AWS Cloud Center of Excellence cutting across all Infosys Service lines, and employing 5,000 AWS trained and 2,500 AWS-certified resources focused on the entire portfolio of AWS services. The AWS Cloud Center of Excellence, which has access to all the latest tools and technology from AWS, will constantly help create new enterprise transformation solutions leveraging the AWS Cloud.
Sandeep Dadlani, President and Global Head, Alliances, Infosys, says, “Microsoft products, especially Microsoft Azure, are proving to be among the most compelling enterprise-grade solutions for cloud. Our longstanding relationship with Microsoft and decades of co-development for our mutual clients gives us the knowledge and insight to help clients migrate and take advantage of the platforms Microsoft offers.” Talking about AWS he adds,”By collaborating with AWS, Infosys can help organizations realize the full potential of the AWS Cloud without being weighed down by a daunting onboarding process. The migration to a modern, high-performance and scalable infrastructure built on AWS will be faster, easier and more cost-effective than ever before.”