The recent collaboration between the tech giant and the brick-and-mortar king comes amidst bells-and-whistles and is a shot across Amazon’s bow, as of now!
If recent reports are to be believed, Walmart and Microsoft are joining forces in the bruising battle against Amazon.
Under a five-year deal agreement, Walmart Inc. (NASDAQ:WMT) will boost its use of the cloud services from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) cloud services and knuckle down along with the tech firm on the implementation of AI and machine learning projects. Walmart will use Azure and Microsoft 365 across the company, along with new projects covering in-vogue techniques, using machine learning, artificial intelligence, and versatile data platforms. Accordingly, this partnership was focused on using artificial intelligence and other technology tools to enable cost optimization, expand operations and innovation.
A Thought-Through Dig At Amazon!
Apparently, The Bentonville Arkansas-based company plans at bolstering up its online presence and be more of a stumbling-block in the rapidly growing retail ambitions of their main rival, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).
In order to finish in front, Walmart is making Microsoft its preferred cloud provider, keeping Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in focus. The two companies – both rivals of Amazon – in this strategic partnership will be making use of ‘the full range of Microsoft’s cloud solutions’, if the retailer is to be quoted here.
A part of Walmart.com and Samsclub.com will be migrated to Azure, while Walmart and Microsoft engineers will collaborate on moving hundreds of existing applications to cloud-native architectures.
With Amazon as the prime target on the dartboard, it is interesting to look at this deal from where its rival can see. A few months back, it was reported that Walmart warned technology companies and vendors that if they ran apps on Amazon Web Services (AWS), they will be bidden farewell. And to state the known fact, AWS and Microsoft, are major rivals in the cloud infrastructure space.
While the tech partnership will benefit both companies, this report substantiates that there are firms which really want to give Amazon a hard time. For instance, Microsoft is working on rival Amazon Go technology for cashier-free stores.
The Hot-Shot Digital Alliance!
This alliance comes into existence in order to “further accelerate Walmart’s digital transformation in retail”.
According to reports by The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated that their shared rivalry against Amazon is “absolutely core” to this alliance.
The duo, as of now, has specified few projects they plan to take up under the agreement, even if they don’t get to a mark of tallying with Amazon Go. Walmart will migrate some of its significant portions to Azure in order to provide a revamped window of the online shopping experience. If this wasn’t something to ring the cheer-bells, the retail giant will build a global IoT platform on Azure which will route thousands of trucks in its supply chain Apparently, this ally between Microsoft and Walmart will enable customers to use its product data to the best frame possible, and that too in ways which will respect and regard user’s data privacy.
Insights Into the Microsoft-Walmart Cloud Deal
Having steered clear of infrastructure and services from its core rival, Amazon, Walmart was stuck between Microsoft and Google’s public cloud offerings. Reportedly, other major retailers, like Kroger and Target, have also cut business ties from AWS servers.
Undoubtedly, this new deal will open resources for test ground, to test Microsoft’s bigger AI ambitions. Nonetheless, whatever stockpile this deal garners, or whether it makes a killing or not – most of the future-facing plans remain behind curtains as of now.