Fujitsu and Microsoft Join Forces to Develop Sustainable Solutions for a Greener Future

By Greg Tavarez, TMCnet Editor  |  June 06, 2023

Fujitsu, from its humble beginnings in 1935 as a Japanese telecommunications provider, is revolutionizing industries with its innovations, evolving into a powerhouse in the IT industry.

Under the visionary leadership of CEO Takahito Tokita, the company is at the forefront of emerging technologies like AI, quantum computing and IoT. Its quantum-inspired computing technology, for example, is reshaping data processing, while sustainability initiatives and a focus on diversity highlight Fujitsu (News - Alert)'s commitment to a sustainable and inclusive future.

Through strategic collaborations, such as accelerating drug discovery with AI, Fujitsu is driving positive change on a global scale. Speaking of strategic collaborations, Fujitsu and Microsoft (News - Alert) are expanding their partnership through a five-year strategic agreement.

The joint efforts of Fujitsu and Microsoft will enable organizations to swiftly adapt to environmental changes, enhance patient experiences in healthcare and tackle supply chain challenges. Fujitsu has designated Microsoft as its premier Cloud Partner as part of this partnership. Together, they will develop and introduce innovative solutions under the Fujitsu Uvance brand.

“We have an opportunity to help organizations in every industry apply the latest innovations across the cloud and this new generation of AI to accelerate business growth and operate more sustainably,” said Satya Nadella (News - Alert), chairman and CEO, Microsoft.

Leveraging Fujitsu's expertise in manufacturing, retail and healthcare (along with its advanced computing and networking capabilities), these solutions will integrate with Microsoft's cloud platforms, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Power Platform and Viva.

The collaboration will encompass joint go-to-market activities and the delivery of cutting-edge solutions to meet customer needs and drive business growth. Additionally, Fujitsu and Microsoft will address sustainable and societal challenges in various domains:

  • Sustainable Manufacturing: Fujitsu will utilize the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability to empower digitized manufacturing sites. This will aid in visualizing risks associated with rapid environmental changes and enable the development of supply chains and recovery strategies capable of responding to natural disasters, geopolitical risks, pandemics and fluctuations in raw material prices.
  • Consumer Experience: Fujitsu aims to enhance customer operations in the consumer business sector through smart retail solutions. These solutions will offer sustainable and efficient shopping experiences while addressing the demand for more environmentally friendly retail practices and minimizing food loss.
  • Healthy Living: The partnership will leverage Microsoft cloud technology to improve patient data security, enhance the quality of medical care, and optimize operations in healthcare institutions. A cloud-based platform will be developed to link electronic medical records in hospitals, ensuring secure patient data management. Furthermore, generative AI technology will assist in streamlining institutional operations and reducing burdens on healthcare professionals.
  • Trusted Society: Fujitsu and Microsoft will deliver solutions to ensure sustainability and resilience in global supply chains. This includes enhanced product tracing and movement tracking, precise demand forecasting, and supporting sustainability goals such as monitoring CO2 emissions.

“Microsoft’s trusted cloud platform and advanced AI capabilities uniquely position us to accelerate the global development and deployment of innovative offerings that draw on our own technologies like computing and AI, as well as our extensive expertise in several key industries,” said Tokita.

To accelerate these offerings, as Tokita mentioned, Fujitsu is collaborating with Microsoft to deliver skilling initiatives to enable cloud sales and engineering training and certification for 28,000 employees over the next five years in all Fujitsu regions across all solution areas and Microsoft Cloud for Industries.

“Fujitsu is embarking on this strategic partnership with Microsoft, which represents an important step to realize Fujitsu’s corporate purpose – to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation,” said Tokita.

Edited by Alex Passett
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