NEW YORK and REDMOND, Wash. — The IT infrastructure services provider Kyndryl and Microsoft are partnering to combine their capabilities to serve enterprise customers.
The global deal with Microsoft is Kyndryl’s first since recently becoming an independent public company and provides “incremental multi-billion dollar revenue opportunities for the two companies,” according to the partners last month.
Together the companies will bring to market solutions built on the Microsoft Cloud that will accelerate hybrid cloud adoption, modernize applications and processes, support mission critical workloads, and further enable modern work experiences for customers.
The long-term partnership will open additional markets and new customers to Kyndryl across all industries and “illustrates the speed and commitment the company is placing on forging strong relationships with leading enterprise technology innovators.”
Microsoft becomes Kyndryl’s only Premier Global Alliance Partner, increasing Microsoft’s access to the managed services market.
The companies will jointly bring customer solutions to market, in the areas of data modernization and governance, artificial intelligence (AI)-driven innovations for industries, cybersecurity and resiliency, and transformation of mission critical workloads to the cloud.
Kyndryl will lead with advisory, implementation and managed services for complex hybrid IT environments.
The companies said a central part of the partnership will be a focus on creating new solutions for customers and “programs to advance skills.” A co-innovation lab will be established to “rapidly develop” and bring to market new customer capabilities built on Microsoft Cloud. Microsoft will also establish the Kyndryl University for Microsoft to “rapidly scale” skills for Kyndryl professionals.
“As an independent company, we’re investing in our partner ecosystem to support the success of our customers, and we’re focused on expanding our market opportunity across cloud, data, security, and intelligent automation,” said Martin Schroeter, chairman and CEO, Kyndryl.
“In this landmark relationship with Microsoft, Kyndryl is matching our deep expertise in mission-critical IT systems with the benefits of Microsoft Cloud to be at the heart of progress for our global customers.”
Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO of Microsoft, said the “case for digital transformation has never been more urgent, and more clear.”
“We will help customers across every industry manage and modernize their business for the era ahead,” Nadella said. “We are looking forward to partnering with Kyndryl to serve our shared customers, building on its expertise and understanding of mission-critical IT systems as well as the company’s deep relationships with enterprises around the world.”