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September 18, 2014

Infosys joins Microsoft and Huawei to deliver analytics from the cloud

The firm also signs deal with Hitachi to help customers migrate to cloud.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Infosys has signed three new contracts with Microsoft, Huawei and Hitachi Data Systems to provide cloud, analytics and communication services for enterprise customers.

The outsourcing firm will develop predictive analytics tools using Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Power BI technologies as it tries to help customers obtain further value from their data.

Joseph Sirosh, VP of Machine Learning at Microsoft, said: "It will allow businesses to unlock the incredible value in their data and build operational systems to reduce expenses, grow revenue, fine tune their business operations, and improve service to their end customers."

Vishnu Bhat, VP and Global Head of Cloud & Big Data at Infosys, added: "This collaboration offers enterprises easy access to an analytics platform without the need for big investments and extended time-to-market."

The Indian IT services giant, which has a decade-long partnership with Microsoft, will also set up a training centre for Microsoft Azure Machine Learning that is expected to train over 1,000 engineers by the end of 2015.

Meanwhile, Infosys, which has over 160,000 employees, also expanded its partnership with Huawei to provide cloud, communication and big data services for enterprise customers.

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The deal will see China’s largest telecom equipment maker combine its cloud infrastructure with global IT services from Infosys as both companies look to set up a joint research lab in China.

Eric Xu, Huawei’s Rotating CEO, said: "Combining the world-renowned service capabilities of Infosys with our expertise in information and communication technologies, we can build a more harmonious and mutually beneficial industry ecosystem for our customers."

Infosys has also extended its contract with Hitachi Data Systems to help customers transition their IT infrastructure to new cloud-based environments.

"Growing our partnership with Hitachi Data Systems will enable us to bring together our complementary capabilities around cloud and big data to help our customers enhance their IT infrastructure with new technology solutions," said U B Pravin, chief operating officer at Infosys.

The companies will also set up a training centre to jointly create ‘pay-per-use’ solutions.

The deals come not too long after Infosys said it is boosting investment in cloud computing, smartphone apps and other new technologies to win more high-margin outsourcing contracts.

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