Vodacom Accelerates Digital Transformation with First-to-market Launch of Suite of Azure solutions

Vodacom, in partnership with Microsoft, has announced that they will be launching Microsoft Azure solutions available to customers in June. Through Vodacom Products and Services, Vodacom will become one of the first Telco companies to go to market with a full suite of Azure services that offer local customers end-to-end digital solutions.

Speaking during the launch at Microsoft Offices in Bryanston, Fatima Hassim, Managing Executive for Products and Services at Vodacom Business explains that Microsoft Azure is one of the leading industry Cloud platforms that enables developers and IT professionals to create, manage and deploy applications through Microsoft’s global network of data centres.

“Microsoft Azure is the most trusted public cloud platform used by 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies. The platform enables businesses to build anything from simple mobile apps through to internet-scale solutions. Vodacom’s offering of Microsoft Azure, will allow businesses the ability to provide enterprise-proven hybrid cloud solutions, and offer customers access to professional services that will be readily available to provide the best approach and solutions on the platform to allow customers to maximise efficiencies,” Fatima says.

From a Vodacom perspective, Fatima says the launch of the suite of Microsoft Azure solutions compliments the Vodacom Enterprise’s vision to help accelerate the digital transformation journey for business in South Africa.

“Providing our customers with essential tools and latest offerings in market is vital if they are to survive today’s business landscape. Not only that, but Vodacom’s Azure solution model is simple to adapt and offers a host of application building blocks and services that will allow our customers to customise the cloud according to their needs. Aligning with Vodacom’s bespoke offerings that are tailored to suit customers’ needs,” Fatima added.

Ravi Bhat, Cloud and Enterprise Business Group Lead at Microsoft South Africa adds to this saying: “Vodacom Business clients can now use Azure to create data-driven, intelligent apps. Whether they want to employ image recognition or bot services, organisations can take advantage of Azure data services and artificial intelligence to create new experiences–that scale–and support deep learning as well as real-time analytics on any shape and size of data. The launch of the cloud platform will provide bespoke solutions aimed at addressing the issues currently being faced by customers’ businesses. Vodacom customers will have access to professional services, provided by experts, who will be readily available to provide the best approach and solutions on the platform to allow customers to maximise on efficiencies and save on costs.”

This is yet another step into the future of digital transformation for Vodacom, equipping businesses in South Africa and Africa with the necessary tools to stay on par with the latest business solutions available in the market.