São Paulo, Mexico City, Lima and Bogota, February 14, 2023 – Kyndryl (NYSE: KD), the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider, and Microsoft today announced the launch of their first Center of Excellence in Latin America, with multidisciplinary teams distributed in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. The Center combines Kyndryl's expertise and understanding of mission-critical IT systems and the Microsoft Cloud to help companies in the region accelerate their digital transformation journeys.
Organizations across Latin America have identified the need to modernize their IT structures and legacy systems by migrating to cloud environments, which would enable them to increase speed and agility in their hybrid cloud strategy. According to IDC, the cloud market in the region will grow by more than 30% by 2023. However, the shortage of skills and complexity of managing hybrid cloud environments are inhibiting the speed of transformation initiatives.
The Kyndryl and Microsoft Center of Excellence will serve as a central hub of information, resources and skills related to Microsoft technologies to support enterprise customers throughout Latin America. Kyndryl experts focused on solutions, consulting, and managed services will work alongside Microsoft architects and technical staff to co-create replicable assets, conduct proof of concepts (PoCs), and adopt innovation best practices at scale.
“The Center of Excellence will help accelerate the digitalization of businesses in Latin America by leading the co-creation of scalable solutions for the enterprise market. We will provide necessary skills, processes, and technology for companies to advance their modernization efforts. Customers will be able to leverage the value of our strategic partnership with Microsoft to implement the best technologies that meet their most critical digital business objectives,” said Carla Carvalho, Head of Alliances for Kyndryl in Latin America.
“The launch of the Kyndryl and Microsoft Center of Excellence in Latin America strengthens our goal of accelerating digital transformation across all industries. With the initiative, Kyndryl’s expertise and understanding of mission-critical IT systems, powered by the Microsoft Cloud, we will help our shared customers in the region at every step of their modernization journey,” said Priscyla Laham, VP of Global Partner Solutions for Microsoft in Latin America.
The Center plans to develop projects that will meet a range of business needs, including the modernization of applications and data on mainframe, integration into hybrid IT models or migration to a cloud environment, with focus on data security. Some of the Center's planned services include Security and Resiliency, Data Protection, SAP, Legacy Modernization and Azure VMware Solution (AVS), among others.
Leveraging the global alliance between Kyndryl and Microsoft, the Center will provide a co-innovation environment that will be a key element for customers to design PoCs with unlimited Azure credits and take advantage of the repository of assets developed throughout the region.
Caramuru Alimentos, company in the agribusiness sector in Brazil, selected the Kyndryl and Microsoft Center of Excellence to design its journey to the cloud strategy. Given its high growth in business volume in recent years, the company, which works with the processing of soy, corn, sunflower and canola, needed to modernize its IT environment to continue meeting its business demands.
“We worked with Kyndryl and Microsoft to perform the technical validations and proofs of concept needed to plan a migration of our mission-critical applications to the Microsoft Cloud. The result is a clear roadmap with all modernization steps that will help Caramuru accelerate our business with security and resilience, supported by the best technology and implementation services,” said Renato Pereira de Souza, CIO of Caramuru.
Vitro, one of the world's largest glass manufacturers based in Mexico, selected the Center of Excellence to support its journey to the cloud. To improve Vitro's technology infrastructure manageability, the company needed to modernize its IT environment to enable growth, value generation and innovative solutions for its customers.
"We are very happy to partner with Kyndryl and Microsoft and the Center of Excellence. It will provide us with different cloud solutions and services to support planning and implementation, enablement and advisory on the use of technology. We are convinced that this initiative will foster the creation of highly scalable and profitable solutions for our company," said Alfonso Cantú, CIO of Vitro.
Kyndryl (NYSE: KD) is the world's largest provider of IT infrastructure services, serving thousands of enterprise customers in more than 60 countries. The company designs, builds, manages and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems the world depends on every day. For more information, visit www.kyndryl.com.
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