IT Intelligence Bulletin – Fujitsu Limited and Microsoft Corporation today announced their agreement to collaborate in the field of artificial intelligence to accelerate the transformation of the ways people work in companies.

The two companies are entering into this agreement to jointly build new solutions that transform the ways people work. Based on Microsoft 365, Microsoft’s integrated cloud service, these new solutions will combine the insights and experience Fujitsu has accumulated through the internal and external deployments of its Global Communication Platform, together with Fujitsu’s AI technology, Fujitsu Human Centric AI Zinrai, and Microsoft AI platform services on Microsoft Azure. They aim to make these new solutions available in the Japanese market from the second quarter of 2018 (April to June), and then to roll them out globally thereafter.

Since entering a global alliance in the field of corporate solutions in 2002, Fujitsu and Microsoft have expanded the scope of collaboration in line with a changing market, including in such areas as the cloud and IoT for manufacturing. Since 2015, the two companies have been building a strong collaboration in the field of work-style transformation, with Fujitsu, through technical assistance from Microsoft, deploying a globally unified communications platform based on Office 365 for its approximately 160,000 employees. It then began using the knowledge and experience gained from that internal deployment to make its Global Communications Platform available to about 1.5 million customers in Japan.

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Now, as the movement to increase productivity using rapidly advancing digital technology gains traction globally, Fujitsu and Microsoft have agreed to further expand the framework of their collaboration, jointly building and launching solutions that further transform the ways people work by using the two companies’ services and AI technologies.

Fujitsu and Microsoft will jointly build new solutions that further transform the ways people work by combining a myriad of big data accumulated by companies, including Microsoft 365 data on Microsoft Graph, with services such as Human Centric AI Zinrai, Fujitsu’s AI technology, as well as Microsoft AI platform services on Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft 365.

Moreover, the two companies will conduct internal trials of the jointly built solutions in several countries, accumulating knowledge and experience to enhance quality and deployment. The solutions will then be made available in the Japanese market beginning between April and June 2018 through Fujitsu Cloud Service K5 and Microsoft Azure. They will then be rolled out globally.

Shingo Kagawa, SEVP and CTO, Fujitsu Limited, said, “As AI’s presence in customer workplaces has grown, Fujitsu has been working to increase the well-being of people through technology, as part of our concept of ‘Human Centric AI’. This collaboration with Microsoft in AI will bring our relationship into a new phase, and I believe it demonstrates the fruits of digital co-creation. In order to create a prosperous future, we will work with Microsoft to generate new innovation.”

Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft Corporation, commented, “Expanding our collaboration with Fujitsu provides customers with yet another way to take advantage of the powerful and intelligent digital capabilities of our platform to drive more collaboration and creativity,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft. “Through integrations across our productivity suite and Fujitsu’s unique industry expertise, customers will have more tools to create and collaborate.”

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