Suncor Makes Strategic Alliance with Microsoft
Suncor announced a multi-year strategic alliance with Microsoft Canada as a part of its effort to accelerate its digital transformation. Microsoft is now Suncor’s strategic cloud provider, using Microsoft’s full range of cloud solutions, upgrade data centres, and increase analytics capabilities. Suncor will also collaborate with Microsoft on innovation projects.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Microsoft because they’re a global leader in the digital technology space, and they will bring value and insights into global innovation best practices,” said Mark Little, President and CEO, Suncor. “This is an example of how we are driving to improve our business in ways that were not possible before – to make our people safer, increase reliability and productivity, reduce costs and improve sustainability.”
Suncor will move to cloud-based computing with Microsoft Azure as a preferred cloud platform. The move is expected to enable the deployment of new technologies to improve safety and productivity through artificial intelligence, machine learning, enhanced automation, and Industrial IoT (IIoT) and visualization.
“Although we are an industry leader in many respects, we still have much to learn in the digital space, which is why we’re working with a number of organizations including Microsoft to challenge us,” said Little. “Similar to how we partner with and learn from innovators across our physical value chain, we’re choosing to partner with the experts in digital innovation.”
Collaborating on innovation will include Microsoft resources embedded at the core of innovation teams, working together to explore a wide range of business capabilities. Also, accessing the Microsoft innovation eco-system and real-world lessons from a curated community of global peers, will add value.
“Suncor is embarking on a journey to transform the energy industry. They are creating new business value for their customers, empowering and upskilling their workforce, and innovating for a sustainable future,” said Kevin Peesker, President, Microsoft Canada. “The world’s leading companies run on our cloud, and we look forward to helping Suncor accelerate their digital transformation with Azure, Dynamics 365, Surface and Microsoft 365.”