Suncorp and Microsoft continue to develop their relationship after announcing a new three-year cloud deal to accelerate the financial services provider. The Suncorp group will also grow its Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure while deploying more than 13,600 Surface devices in Australia and New Zealand.
Suncorp will expand its use of Microsoft Azure cloud service, while phasing out its internal data centers as part of its multi-cloud strategy.
The goal is to shift 90% of their workloads to the cloud by the end of 2023, while other applications will be migrated to new facilities in Sydney, with the ultimate goal of moving completely out of their existing data centers by January 2024. .
Suncorp Group (ASX: SUN) has been around for more than a century and has been dedicated to building a better future and preserving what is important.
The company offers insurance, banking and asset management services under a number of well-known financial brands in both Australia and New Zealand.
Executive General Manager of IT Infrastructure at Suncorp Group, Charles Pizzato, says Suncorp is a purpose-driven organization that has embraced cloud computing.
“It has modernized its technology platforms to lead the insurance industry in delivering innovative customer experiences, at lower cost and lower business risk.”
“The Microsoft Azure platform gives us that flexibility and scalability, along with the underlying security posture that we need as a financial services organization, and we are always looking for opportunities to leverage cloud infrastructure to be more agile and responsive to market needs.” .
“Suncorp’s cloud journey began in 2013 and today 65% of our applications are in the cloud. We have chosen to partner with Microsoft to enable us to achieve our strategic transformation goals and innovation agenda.” says pizzato
Suncorp has deployed 10,000 Microsoft Surface Laptops to staff in both Australia and New Zealand, and will roll out an additional 3,600 over the next twelve months.
Modern device management from Microsoft will give Suncorp employees a seamless, secure, and reliable experience no matter where they work from.
This will also help financial service providers’ disaster response teams to better support clients during major natural disasters and weather events.
According to Pizzato, it is essential that the company equips its team with the technology they need to work effectively wherever they are: in the office, at home or in the community.
“This is so they can quickly adapt as operating conditions change and continue to provide a fantastic experience for our customers,” he said.
General Manager, Financial Services Industry at Microsoft Australia and New Zealand, Duncan Taylor, says: “We are excited to play an even larger role in Suncorp’s cloud strategy and workplace evolution as the next step in our long-standing partnership.”
Suncorp also deployed 150 Surface Hubs at its new headquarters in Brisbane, as well as its offices in Australia and New Zealand.
These devices are intended to create collaborative hybrid meeting environments that will promote inclusiveness and the sharing of ideas.
Additionally, the devices will bolster Suncorp’s disaster response teams to better assist customers during natural calamities and extreme weather conditions.