Zensar and Microsoft extend strategic partnership in South Africa

Regional customers to benefit from enhanced digital transformation from cloud offerings.


Johannesburg, 16 Mar 2018
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Zensar, a leading digital solutions and technology services company that specialises in partnering with global organisations across industries on their digital transformation journey, announced an extension of its managed partner relationship with Microsoft in South Africa in the global systems integrator (GSI) market.

The key focus of this partnership for both entities will involve making inroads in the growth areas of cloud; digital; big data and analytics; cyber security and e-commence. Customers in the region will also be able to leverage differentiated offerings in the cloud space from this alliance.

Commenting on this partnership, Sandeep Kishore, CEO and Managing Director, Zensar, said, "Cloud is now mainstream and our longstanding partnership with Microsoft gives us the expertise to help our regional customers experience benefits from our Return on Digital proposition strengthened by this partnership. South Africa is a growth market and a strategic region for us. We look forward to enabling our regional customers to embark on the path of cloud transformation seamlessly and successfully."

"Zensar has a proven track record in facilitating business transformation for enterprises, and its cross-industry and solution knowledge will accelerate the journey to cloud for our mutual customers," says Microsoft South Africa Partner Development Manager, Frikkie Bosch. "Our combined strengths across key solution areas and industry offerings will enable companies to successfully modernise their business applications, accelerate the digital business transformation and enable the agility regard to effectively operate in today's world."

"We currently work closely with Microsoft in the region. Our partnership with Microsoft opens up new opportunities to harness the power of digital, with quick turnaround in business outcomes. We also aim to influence a marked increase in the adoption of cloud technology in the region through this partnership," commented Harish Lala, Senior Vice-President and Head, Africa, Zensar.

The scope of this partnership will involve the Zensar team working with Microsoft's recently formed One Commercial Partner team to build a go-to-market strategy. This will involve leveraging Zensar engagements and case studies on Azure, as well as more than 100 Zensar Azure certified associates.

Zensar' s global footprint in Microsoft technologies, skills and solutions will allow both organisations to pursue go to market strategies for application modernisation, modern application development, digital transformation, azure cloud provisioning and graduate skills development.

Emerging areas like robotics, AI, machine learning, blockchain, IOT, VR, big data and analytics and augmented reality are the focus for both entities. This partnership will enable both to help customers achieve cloud led digital outcomes swiftly and successfully.

The key customer benefits from this partnership will be as follows:

* Seamless Application Modernisation - The process of migrating, de-coupling or end-to-end modernising of legacy and ageing applications from traditional on premise to Platform as a Service (PAAS) or Software as Service (SAAS) cloud platforms can be a tedious task. The combined expertise of both entities can enable companies to navigate through the current IT framework smoothly.

* Leverage the benefits of Modern Application Development - Leveraging the latest range of Azure IAAS and PAAS components that are bespoke built for customers directly in the cloud, alleviating the need for expensive upfront data centre capital expenditure. This enables clear outcomes at minimal costs.

* Return on Digital on Azure - Zensar will now be able to offer its leading Return on Digital benefits from Azure implementations. Return on Digital can be experienced by customers from over 25 line of business applications for sales, marketing, finance, HR and operations. The platform will be available for deployment on Azure and will support integration into Azure AD, Sharepoint, SQL Server, O365, OneDrive and Power BI reporting. This will create a platform to facilitate quick decision-making for the customer

* Azure Cloud Reseller - As a Managed Microsoft Partner, Zensar will now be able to provide Azure subscription to its customers on a "pay as you go" basis, as part of its application modernisation engagements (development, testing and production) - including single point of contact for support, reporting and billing. Zensar will also be able to offer bundled solutions for customers wishing to procure professional services, cloud subscription and support contracts.

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Zensar is a leading digital solutions and technology services company that specialises in partnering with global organisations across industries on their digital transformation journey. A technology partner of choice, backed by strong track-record of innovation; credible investment in digital solutions; assertion of commitment to client's success, Zensar 's comprehensive range of digital and technology services and solutions enable its customers to achieve new thresholds of business performance. Zensar, with its experience in delivering excellence and superior client satisfaction through myriad technology solutions, is uniquely positioned to help them surpass challenges around running their existing business most efficiently, helping in their legacy transformation, and planning for business expansion and growth through innovative and digital way.

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