Walmart and Microsoft partner up on cloud technology

GE plans to standardize its Predix solutions on Microsoft Azure

"Walmart was never going to partner with Amazon for obvious reasons and Microsoft is the second largest provider of cloud solutions in the world", said Dusan Milosavljevic, an analyst at Berenberg bank.

Walmart is already using Microsoft services for some applications and will expand that to tap into Microsoft's machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data platform, according to the statement. Walmart also plans on rolling out Microsoft 365 to all of its employees in different phases, making use of Microsoft products like Office 365, Workplace Analytics, OneDrive, and more to improve the inner-organisational workings of the firm.

"Walmart's commitment to technology is centered around creating incredibly convenient ways for consumers to shop and empowering associates to do their best work", said Doug McMillon, Walmart CEO.

"I'm thrilled to partner with Walmart to accelerate their digital transformation with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365", said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer, Microsoft.

Cloud computing is Amazon's secret sauce, and its technology powers some of the most popular internet services.

Walmart recently invested big in the Indian market with a majority stake acquisition of e-commerce platform Flipkart for Dollars 16 billion in May.

Announced during the Amazon Prime Day sale, the deal will see Walmart shift a significant portion of walmart.com and samsclub.com to Azure, Microsoft's cloud business. Either way, the five-year-long partnership seems promising for both the companies, though it's too early to tell whether it's enough to take on Amazon's aggressively growing tech and retail business. Through the partnership, GE will also standardize its Predix platform, which gives developers tools to develop and deploy IIoT applications, on Azure.

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