KPMG teams up with Microsoft to boost enterprise cloud adoption

Advisory firm to draw on Microsoft technologies to deliver cloud-based data analytics, and business transformation services to clients

KPMG and Microsoft have set out joint plans to ease the move to cloud for enterprises by rolling out a new suite of data, analytics and compliance services.

The advisory firm will draw on Microsoft's technologies, including its public cloud offering Azure and its CRM software Dynamics, to deliver cloud-based and regulatory compliant services to end-users.

These include a range of data and analytics services, as well as business compliance and transformation offerings to help enterprises move to the cloud in a secure way.

Bryan Cruickshank, global head of IT advisory at KPMG, said: “This collaboration will allow us to develop a new generation of business solutions, underpinned by Microsoft's Dynamics technology.

“In conjunction with Microsoft, our clients now have a global partner they can trust to help them solve their key challenges, such as improvements to productivity, customer engagement and competitiveness.”

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KPMG said the partnership should also lead to the creation of industry-specific services, to meet the regulatory hurdles firms in certain sectors may face.

This marks the next phase of KPMG and Microsoft’s ongoing partnership, which has previously seen the two firms work together on the software giant’s startup initiatives.

KPMG already has some experience in helping end-users transform their business operations by using Microsoft’s technologies, having acquired Crimsonwing, a global IT consultancy specialising in Microsoft Dynamics technologies, in February 2015 for about $30 million.

Scott Guthrie, executive vice-president of the cloud and enterprise at Microsoft, said this phase of the technology tie-up is intended to help organisations overcome some common hurdles to cloud adoption.

“KPMG’s deep experience in global business transformation, combined with Microsoft Azure, SQL Server, Power BI and Dynamics, will help our mutual customers compete in today’s mobile first, cloud first world,” he added.

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