The alliance will bring innovative digital solutions to Australian companies expanding globally and help China-based businesses enter new markets abroad.
KPMG International and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced plans to form a global alliance to provide digital transformation to businesses of all sizes and across multiple industries initially in Asia-Pacific and Europe. The alliance, announced at Alibaba’s largest global customer and partner event, the Computing Conference 2018, is expected to roll out in Australia over 2019.
The alliance will focus on digital transformation, ‘new retail’, IT strategy consulting and cloud-based digital solutions. Alibaba’s strong cloud computing and artificial intelligence capabilities, together with KPMG’s global network, global enterprise solutions, business acumen and knowledge of global industries with many Fortune 1000 companies will complement each other in helping clients to expand into new markets. The aim is to build a strong global ecosystem with cloud services and infrastructure, particularly serving organisations with multi-cloud strategies including small- to medium-sized enterprises.
Moreover, the alliance will provide an avenue for KPMG clients in APAC and Europe seeking access to the China market to establish local cloud services from Alibaba Cloud.
As one of the world’s leading global infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, and China's largest provider of public cloud services, Alibaba Cloud will be the latest global cloud provider to join KPMG’s alliance community, allowing KPMG to offer businesses with multi-cloud strategies a single, independent advisor for cloud- and platform-based digital services and solutions.
Simon Benson, KPMG Australia Head of Alliances commented: “We’re very pleased to form an alliance with Alibaba Cloud as this relationship will further our commitment to help Australian clients address key transformation priorities in the areas of growth, innovation and operational efficiency. As Australian and Chinese businesses continue to embark on their cloud transformation strategies to address these challenges, they can feel confident that KPMG Australia and Alibaba Cloud teams together can address their specific needs for global, scalable, cloud-based digital solutions.”
“Cloud services are in high demand for digital transformation, because its tasks require high-speed infrastructure changes and roll-outs. Digital initiatives involve numerous experiments and extensive research. Alibaba Cloud offers a wide range of services and solutions that allow users to roll out, flexibly adjust, and test the selected pull of digital initiatives very quickly and without wasting time on preparing and implementing the required infrastructure on-site,” explains KPMG IT Advisory Partner in Russia and the CIS Timofey Khoroshev. “Alibaba Cloud is a feasible alternative for other existing market solutions. We can fully expect it to grow rapidly and outperform competitors in terms of functionality, and our clients will be getting the best of it.”
Simon Hu, President of Alibaba Cloud said: “Alibaba Cloud is excited to drive innovations across different industries and businesses together with KPMG, and to address the ever-growing needs of high performance and secure cloud infrastructure. Through our alliance, we will help empower KPMG clients with cutting edge cloud technologies and experience to advance digital transformation in various verticals.”
As part of the alliance, KPMG and Alibaba Cloud will form a global joint strategy team comprised of KPMG and Alibaba Cloud software and systems architects and engineers to develop cloud infrastructure solutions for clients expanding into new markets, with a focus on data security, regulatory compliance and seamless integration. KPMG specialists will receive training and certification in Alibaba Cloud enterprise internet architecture, cloud computing and security, big data, and robotic process automation (RPA).
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, startups, corporations and government organisations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.