The IT hosting company Basefarm enters into an alliance with Accenture, Avanade Norge and Microsoft. The quartet will help the Minister of Modernisation, Jan Tore Sanner, to move the public sector into the cloud and contribute to increased digitalisation and greater productivity.
– The collaboration is strategic, and we want to offer one contact and delivery point for the partners’ total range of services. In other words, we are establishing a secure, scalable and flexible global platform which will realise targets within digitalisation, modernisation and innovation, Morten Meier, director for the public sector in Microsoft Norge, says.
Basefarm has been invited into the already established partnership between Accenture, Avanade Norge and Microsoft. In order to meet the demand for a Norwegian cloud, Basefarm will supplement with further 6000 square metres of data centre capacity at Lørenskog this autumn.
In order to make it easier for Norwegian customers to use international services while complying with all regulatory requirements, Basefarm offers hybrid cloud services. The hybrid cloud entails connecting Basefarm’s private, Norwegian cloud to global cloud services with almost unlimited capacity. A hybrid cloud solution provides the customer with full flexibility regarding the placement of data – for example in Norway when the legislation assumes this.
Accenture, Avanade Norge and Microsoft have decided to lean on this hybrid solution, which may be the solution for everyone with a digital marching order from Minister Sanner.
– This will provide private and public players with a new, Norwegian cloud that lowers the threshold for utilising the opportunities, not least in industries and sectors that depend on a high level of security and the storing of certain data in Norway, acting CEO Bjart Kvarme in Basefarm says.
– Cloud services change the way in which we work, and are a central part of the digital transformation journey. Moving infrastructure solutions and applications to the cloud is not just about being able to reduce ICT costs. It also provides new opportunities for increased efficiency, productivity, performance and innovation through new ways of working, Lena Lundgreen, Country Manager of Avanade Norge, says.
– This is about making life easier for the customer. With this solution, our customer can easily and safely deliver digital cloud services that citizens, consumers and the business sector increasingly expect. This opens the door for new and innovative solutions that the entire society will benefit from, Tonje Sandberg, CEO of Accenture, says.
Microsoft is the competence, technology partner and platform supplier within the partnership. The alliance is based Microsoft’s leading Windows and Azure platform with the Software as a Service services (Office 365, CRM Online) in order to enable a hybrid cloud world. The company puts mobility and cloud services first, and their mission is to provide all people and businesses with the tools they need in order to do more. Microsoft’s headquarters are located in Redmond, WA, and the company has more than 100,000 employees all over the world. The company was founded in 1975 and established their Norwegian offices in 1990. In Norway, Microsoft has 300 employees at their headquarters at Lysaker outside Oslo, and 240 employees in Microsoft Development Center in Oslo, Trondheim and Tromsø. Microsoft in Norway works with 1900 partners that offers Microsoft’s technology to the market. www.microsoft.no
Accenture is a leading global consulting company that supplies services within strategy, consulting, digitalisation, technology and outsourcing. With their experience, specialised competence, global resources and extensive industry expertise, Accenture works between businesses and technology in order to help their customers increase their ability to perform and develop sustainable values for their stakeholders. With around 373,000 employees in more than 120 countries, Accenture does innovation to make life simpler. www.accenture.no
Avanade is the leading supplier of innovative digital cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences through the power of their employees and Microsoft’s ecosystem. Our professionals combine technology, business and industry competence in order to build and distribute solutions for realising results for our customers and their customers. Avanade has 29,000 digitally connected employees in 23 countries who provide the customers with the best solutions through a collaboration culture that appreciates diversity and reflects the societies in which we operate. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Read more at www.avanade.no
Basefarm is a leading supplier of complex IT solutions for mission-critical applications. The company provides operational design, application management, advanced technology, cloud services and data centre space/colocation from six data centres in Europe. Basefarm has 400 employees, and the company manages more than 40,000 services, reaching more than 40 million end users globally.