Bangalore, India-based IT services firm Wipro Technologies has embraced the cloud computing model and announced its plans to offer Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).
Under a “Dedicated Advisor” agreement with Microsoft, Wipro Technologies will be able to assist its global enterprise customers in migrating to BPOS via a palette of professional services including assessments, migration and solution implementation accelerators, according to the company.
“Increasingly, customers are looking at driving a transformational agenda with reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), and complete accountability of business outcome from their service providers, leading to the adoption of alternative models such as SaaS and Cloud. We believe these alternative asset-light models will help our customers move away from CAPEX to a pure OPEX business model,” said Deepak Jain, senior vice president of Technology Infrastructure Services at Wipro Technologies, in a statement.
Wipro’s announcement came one week after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer detailed the company’s plans in the cloud computing space and in the same week that the company announced a slew of marketing and cash incentives to help solution providers enter the market. The company also launched a cloud-centric website for partners, QuickStartOnlineServices.com, featuring myriad marketing and business tools to help partners spread the word about cloud computing.
Wipro Technology’s involvement in selling Microsoft’s BPOS could help spur a major uptick in customer adoption of the cloud computing space. The IT services company’s size (it boasts more than 10,000 employees worldwide), breadth and depth of services and its global reach cut a large swathe for Microsoft as it attempts to penetrate the cloud computing space. Wipro is also helping by developing a migration platform – the Microsoft Enterprise Architecture Transformation Platform — to help customers make the transition to BPOS.
“Wipro has experience in platform migration capabilities that allow for faster implementation and help customers realize value much faster,” said Eron Kelly, senior director of product management at Microsoft in a statement.