Microsoft/Deutsche Telekom: high-performance cloud computing
In a joint announcement made by Deutsche Telekom Group and Microsoft Corp., the two organisations will expand their partnership to help their customers accelerate their cloud transformation initiatives.
The two organisations plan to enable customers to increase their productivity and build more agile and resilient operations, as well as provide new cloud offerings faster, by combining Microsoft’s cloud and AI capabilities with Telekom’s Cloud Migration Framework and telecommunications services.
“We have agreed on the framework for joint strategic growth with our long-term partner Microsoft. We are delighted. This partnership will enable us to enhance services for our customers. We will also be supporting each other with digitalization and network build-out,” commented Adel Al-Saleh, member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management and CEO of T-Systems.
“The case for digital transformation has never been more urgent. We know that the next decade of economic performance for every business, whether large or small, will depend on the digital investments made today. Through this strategic partnership, which combines the power of Deutsche Telekom’s network and Microsoft’s cloud, customers will have more opportunities to become resilient, accelerate innovation and ultimately drive success,” added Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice president and president, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations.
To accelerate business innovation for their customers, Telekom will migrate the majority of its internal IT workloads to the public cloud by 2025. Microsoft Azure will be central to the strategy. Via a company wide training program employees of Telekom will receive training on how to maximise the benefits of Azure.
In addition Telekom will offer its customers direct access to Microsoft cloud via the Azure ExpressRoute.
Digital collaboration and streamlining business operations
To drive connectivity and productivity for businesses, Telekom will offer Microsoft 365 (including Microsoft Teams).
As part of this effort, Telekom has established a project for German schools to reimagine traditional approaches to education by enabling remote learning through cloud-based IT infrastructure.
In order to leverage the benefits of cloud computing for critical business processes, Telekom will also support its customers moving their SAP environments to Azure.
Accelerating cloud initiatives
With Azure as a preferred cloud platform, T-Systems - Tekelom’s enterprise customer unit - will provide the capability for customers to harness the global scale, security and latest advances without having to manage the installation and maintenance.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.