MI­CROSOFT, UEM SEAL 3-YEAR DEAL

Part­ner­ship to drive cloud-based ini­tia­tives based on cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies

New Straits Times - - Business -

FARAH ADILLA

KUALA LUMPUR farah.adilla@me­di­aprima.com.my

UEM Group Bhd re­cently inked a three-year agree­ment with Mi­crosoft Malaysia in a move to drive cloud-based dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives in the coun­try.

The part­ner­ship will see UEM Group and its sub­sidiaries work­ing with Mi­crosoft to spear­head dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives based on cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies such as Internet of Things (IoT), pre­dic­tive data an­a­lyt­ics, ma­chine learn­ing and aug­mented re­al­ity.

UEM group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Iz­zaddin Idris said the part­ner­ship with Mi­crosoft com­ple­mented the group’s RM150 mil­lion three-year in­te­grated En­ter­prise Re­source Plan­ning Cloud So­lu­tion, which was an­nounced in Oc­to­ber 2015.

“As build­ings, high­ways, fac­to­ries and en­tire ci­ties be­come smarter with ubiq­ui­tous com­put­ing and am­bi­ent in­tel­li­gent en­vi­ron­ment, dig­i­tal so­lu­tions are key.

“With Mi­crosoft by our side, we will be able to increase ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity as we will have the ca­pa­bil­ity to bet­ter re­spond to the changes and needs of our cus­tomers and ul­ti­mately im­prove our cus­tomers’ ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said at the sign­ing cer­e­mony, here, re­cently.

Izaddin said the col­lec­tion of data for an­a­lyt­ics and the use of cloud-based ma­chine learn­ing for pre­dic­tion and anom­aly de­tec­tion would pro­vide the com­pany with op­er­a­tional in­sights to im­prove its ser­vice de­liv­ery and mod­ernise its so­lu­tions.

UEM Ed­genta Bhd is its first sub­sidiary to adopt the modern tech­nol­ogy in the group. It has de­vel­oped a Smart Fa­cil­i­ties Man­age­ment So­lu­tion based on Mi­crosoft’s ad­vanced tools of Azure IoT Hub and ma­chine learn­ing, which al­lows it to har­ness re­al­time in­sights and de­liver en­hanced value to its cus­tomers.

UEM Ed­genta man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Azmir Mer­i­can said the part­ner­ship en­abled the com­pany to em­brace cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy to bet­ter de­liver its ser­vices.

“We are suc­cess­fully teach­ing the build­ing to think and have em­barked on the next phase of IoT, where as­sets will be­come more in­tel­li­gent, cost-ef­fi­cient and cus­tomised based on the needs of com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

Mi­crosoft man­ag­ing di­rec­tor K. Ra­man said the part­ner­ship was truly a land­mark in the Malaysian busi­ness con­text.

“Dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion is no longer an op­tion. Or­gan­i­sa­tions need to trans­form to stay rel­e­vant in to­day’s dig­i­tal econ­omy.

“We work closely with busi­nesses and en­ter­prises to help them fully har­ness the power of the in­no­va­tion with flex­i­ble so­lu­tions and pro­grammes cus­tomised for lo­cal needs.

“We are com­mit­ted to build­ing this part­ner­ship with UEM Group that is an­chored in in­no­va­tion and cre­ate a model for oth­ers to look up to,” he said.

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