Microsoft and NEC have announced that they will expand their strategic partnership. The two companies have maintained and expanded their collaborative relationship for more than 40 years, so the combination itself is not new, but is there anything that really catches the eye? What are the new initiatives by expanding the collaboration between the two companies? “The strategic partnership with NEC combines the power of Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 with NEC’s expertise in services and infrastructure to bring about this rapid change. We want to help public institutions and enterprise customers realize resilience and transform in the times. ”(Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella)“ Microsoft’s reliable cloud and services By utilizing the experience that NEC has cultivated in its own system and the artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT technologies of both companies, it is safer than ever for companies expanding globally to promote digital transformation (DX). We are confident that you will be able to use secure digital services. ”(NEC Representative Director, President and CEO Takayuki Morita) (Photo 1) Regarding the details of the strategic partnership expansion announced by the two companies on July 13. As you can see in the preliminary report, the comments made by the top executives of both companies at the time of the announcement are the easiest to understand in order to grasp each other’s basic attitude and overall image regarding such collaboration, so in this article I will first mention the essence of their remarks. .. However, as far as I read the press release, I couldn’t find out what the new efforts by expanding the alliance were, and how the efforts were different from the past. I asked the people concerned, including the public relations. There are two major new initiatives. First, both companies migrated NEC’s on-premises IT environment to Azure and deployed “Azure Virtual Desktop” and other Azure services to NEC Group’s 110,000 employees. Furthermore, based on that know-how, we will develop solutions for the global market. The second is to create new DX solutions by combining technologies and assets such as AI, IoT, cloud, and networks, which are the strengths of both companies. In fact, there seems to be an interesting point behind these new initiatives.