PHOTO - (from left) Ghazali Omar, CEO of VADS, and Ananth Lazarus, MD, Microsoft Malaysia, exchanging documents at the signing the TM-Microsoft Office 365 Syndication Partnership Agreement.
A new partnership between Malaysian telco Telekom Malaysia (TM) and software giant Microsoft will allow TM wholly owned subsidiary VADS to offer Microsoft Office 365 via its cloud services.
VADS, which already provides a suite of services under Infra-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service, will deliver Microsoft Office 365 to Malaysian businesses, especially SMEs (small and medium enterprises) as a result of the agreement, said VADS chief executive officer and TM's enterprise division vice president, Ghazali Omar, speaking in mid-December last year.
"TM chalks up yet another new milestone - moving up the value chain to provide beyond mere connectivity for our business customers," said Ghazali. "Cloud computing is a revolution that will enable businesses to be more agile and flexible to keep pace with changing market speeds and expectations. Today, we are expanding our cloud services offering to include Software-as-a-Service."
He said Office 365 would be available from January 2012 primarily targeting the SME market. "SMEs play a very important role in our country's economy. It is therefore critical that SMEs remain competitive so they can continue to play their role and maintain their sustainability. Our partnership would not be limited to global technology providers, but we will also collaborate with local SMEs through Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), to offer a rich selection of software applications to the Malaysian market and beyond."
"For Microsoft, we could not be happier to partner with TM and help realise transformation together for businesses," said Microsoft Malaysia managing director, Ananth Lazarus. "Not only are we both strongly aligned with the same vision to empower Malaysian businesses with world-class ICT solutions to transform the way they work, we are both able to bring this vision to life. TM is Malaysia's leading broadband provider with a 95 percent share of the Malaysian fixed broadband market. TM is the ideal syndication partner to help us bring the benefits of Office 365 to all Malaysian businesses."
"Many businesses are beginning to realise the power of cloud computing technology - whether it is the ability to leverage IT capabilities more cost-effectively, creating new ways to serve new customers, or even operating a business without IT limits," said Lazarus, adding that currently, 90 percent of Office 365 customers across the world since the service was launched in June 2011, are coming from small businesses with less than 50 employees.
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