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BT to collaborate with Google Cloud on digital transformation

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Google Cloud and BT will collaborate to accelerate BT’s company-wide digital transformation.

BT is currently in the process of a digital transformation project through its BT Digital unit, and this involves creating a group-wide data and AI fabric as part of its cloud-first and AI-first strategy.

The five-year deal will see BT using a suite of Google Cloud products and services including cloud infrastructure, machine learning and artificial intelligence, data analytics and security to reduce costs and risk while also building new revenue streams.

Under the partnership, BT will “unlock” new business use-cases which the company says will strengthen its ambitions around digital offerings and create hyper-personalised customer engagement.

“Our partnership with Google is one of a series of strategic moves that BT Digital is taking to help accelerate BT’s growth and digital transformation,” Harmeen Mehta, chief digital and innovation officer at BT said.

“This is a partnership that is deeper than just at the technology level. It will help [BT] Digital as a whole supercharge BT and drive its return to growth.”

Additionally, Google’s SRE team will partner BT to foster a continuous delivery and “zero ops” autonomous operations culture to accelerate product development.

The two firms have already started working together on adopting Google technology and plan to complete the core migration of data by 2023.

“We’re proud to collaborate with one of the world's leading providers of communications services and play an integral part in its digital transformation journey,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO at Google Cloud.

“By deploying our full cloud capabilities, and support from our SRE organisation, our goal in this partnership is to set up BT with the tools it needs for future growth and innovation.”

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