Monday, 15 October, 2018

Walmart and Microsoft Join Forces in Battle Against Amazon

As part of its cloud-computing deal with Microsoft Walmart will move “a significant portion” of its flagship website and the Sam’s Club website to Azure GE plans to standardize its Predix solutions on Microsoft Azure
Jean Garcia | 18 July, 2018, 19:40

Going forward, GE Digital will move Predix, its IIoT app development platform, on to Azure, meaning that companies using the service will benefit from Microsoft's end-to-end cloud expertise.

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.

At first glance, Walmart's announcement today that it has signed a five-year agreement with Microsoft seems like it's just a major step towards boosting its lagging online growth.

Nokia X5 Smartphone with Dual Cameras & 19:9 Display Launched in China
It will be powered by Helio P60 processor and also packs an independent AI processor for providing a variety of AI features. The Nokia X5 was rumoured to launch earlier this month, but the launch was postponed due to some issues with the venue.

"Whether it's combined with our agile cloud platform or leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence to work smarter, we believe Microsoft will be a strong partner in driving our ability to innovate even further and faster", Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said.

For example, they explained, a cloud-native environment will allow Walmart to better manage site availability and speed as well as launch new features to customers. Walmart will also leverage Microsoft's IoT solutions to everything from reducing energy usage with its refrigeration and HVAC units to optimizing routes for its supply trucks.

The deal will also see Predix now better integrated with Microsoft's top cloud tools such as Azure IoT and Azure Data and Analytics, with GE Digital also utilising Azure across its business for additional IT workloads and productivity tools. According to that story, Microsoft has had talks with Walmart about collaborating, which could create Walmart stores in the vein of Amazon Go and let the companies take on Amazon at the retail level. For Walmart, the company will be able to use Microsoft's AI tech to compete with Amazon on the future of retail. Walmart will also be conducting a phased rollout of Microsoft 365 services to its employees.

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