Maxis, Microsoft tie up to offer innovative digital solutions for businesses

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by TMR FILE

MAXIS Bhd has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Microsoft Malaysia Sdn Bhd to provide compelling digital solutions for businesses in Malaysia, targeting both the commercial enterprises and the public sector.

In a joint statement yesterday, it was stated that Maxis’ capability in the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G, and Microsoft’s Azure IoT technology will enable industries to build smart utilities and other connected applications, which will drive economic growth and digitalisation in the country.

Under the partnership, Maxis will leverage Microsoft’s Azure public cloud and Azure Stack services to enhance Maxis’ cloud services and meet Malaysian businesses’ hybrid cloud needs.

Through this, businesses will be able to create new industrial IoT applications faster and leverage data analytics to solve their most pressing business problems and market needs.

Additionally, Maxis will also adopt Microsoft’s Modern Workplace solutions, which include Microsoft Teams, giving their employees the ability and flexibility to integrate their work, life and family.

This includes the ability and processes to work from anywhere with a network connection, at a time that works for both the employee and the business and across multiple devices.

This makes Maxis the first telecommunication company (telco) in Malaysia to offer fixed-line voice calls with Microsoft Teams’ unified communications, as part of Microsoft’s Modern Workplace solutions.

Maxis chief enterprise business officer Paul McManus said one of the key pillars of its growth journey and convergence ambition has been around strategic partnerships with some of the best in the industry to deliver more value to businesses in Malaysia.

“With Industrial Revolution 4.0 increasingly demanding for agility for the modern workforce, our partnership with Microsoft comes at a critical time.

“Cloud-based solutions enable a whole new level of work and collaboration, which will be an important driver in accelerating change within the fast-evolving business landscape,” he said.

Meanwhile, Microsoft Asia-Pacific GM for cloud Nate Harris said, according to a study by Microsoft and International Data Corp, digital transformation will add an estimated US$10 billion (RM41 billion) to Malaysia’s GDP by next year.

“For over 30 years, Microsoft has been partnering with Malaysia and other countries in the region to help businesses, governments and people adopt innovation and digital transformation.

“We are excited to get into this partnership with Maxis, so Malaysian businesses will have access to the most innovative solutions from our respective expertise in technologies like cloud, IoT and 5G,” he said.

The MoU is also expected to see Microsoft share its knowledge and expertise in the field of IoT and cloud technology.

This is to continuously diversify the applications of Maxis’ offerings in areas such as the development of smart cities, smart utilities and other connected solutions.

According to Maxis, the partnership accelerates its ambition towards becoming Malaysia’s leading converged solutions provider for enterprises, government and small and medium enterprises.