News Technology24 Jan 2023

Australia:Suncorp to expand cloud footprint

| 24 Jan 2023

Suncorp Group and Microsoft have announced a three-year agreement that will accelerate the financial services company's ability to build and deploy digital solutions for customers and foster collaborative hybrid working.

The group will deploy more than 13,600 Surface devices across Australia and New Zealand.

The new deal will see Suncorp increase its cloud footprint in Microsoft Azure as it winds down on-premise data centres. Under its multi-cloud strategy, Suncorp aims to migrate 90% of workloads to the cloud by the end of 2023. The remaining applications will be relocated to new colocation sites in Sydney, ready to exit their data centres by January 2024.

This will enable Suncorp to simplify its technology infrastructure, reduce costs, boost security and risk management capabilities, and more quickly develop and deploy digital solutions to deliver exceptional customer experiences.

Mr Charles Pizzato, executive general manager of IT Infrastructure at Suncorp Group, said: “Once we’ve migrated our workloads to the cloud, we’ll be able to build and deploy digital solutions for our customers at game-changing speed.”

The new agreement also underpins Suncorp’s workplace of the future agenda, delivering a modern, hybrid work experience that enables its more than 13,000 employees to stay connected and collaborate flexibly, securely, and inclusively.

Suncorp has rolled out 10,000 Microsoft Surface Laptops to employees across Australia and New Zealand, with plans to deploy an additional 3,600 over the next 12 months. Microsoft’s modern device management capabilities will provide Suncorp employees with a frictionless, secure and reliable user experience regardless of where they are working from.  

Suncorp has also rolled out 150 Surface Hubs at its new headquarters in Brisbane and offices in Australia and New Zealand. These devices will help create collaborative hybrid meeting spaces that foster inclusion and ideation. They will also help galvanise Suncorp’s disaster response teams to better support customers during major natural disasters and weather events.

Surface Laptops and Surface Hubs are integrated with Microsoft’s productivity and collaboration tools, including Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint and Yammer, many of which Suncorp already uses.

 

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