KPMG and Alibaba alliance to advance digital transformation of businesses

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The FINANCIAL — KPMG International and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced plans to form a global alliance to provide digital transformation to businesses of all sizes and across multiple industries initially in Asia-Pacific and Europe. The alliance was announced here at Alibaba’s largest global customer and partner event, the Computing Conference 2018. The alliance will focus on digital transformation, “new retail”, IT strategy consulting and cloud-based digital solutions. Alibaba’s strong cloud computing and artificial intelligence capabilities, together with KPMG’s global network, global enterprise solutions, business acumen and knowledge of global industries with many Fortune 1000 companies will complement each other in helping clients to expand into new markets. The aim is to build a strong global ecosystem with cloud services and infrastructure, particularly serving organizations with multi-cloud strategies including small- to medium-sized enterprises. Moreover, the alliance will provide an avenue for KPMG clients in APAC and Europe seeking access to the China market to establish local cloud services from Alibaba Cloud. As one of the world’s leading global infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, and China’s largest provider of public cloud services, Alibaba Cloud will be the latest global cloud provider to join KPMG’s alliance community, allowing KPMG to offer businesses with multi-cloud strategies a single, independent advisor for cloud- and platform-based digital services and solutions. As part of the alliance, KPMG and Alibaba Cloud will form a joint strategy team comprised of KPMG and Alibaba Cloud software and systems architects and engineers to develop cloud infrastructure solutions for clients expanding into new markets, with a focus on data security, regulatory compliance and seamless integration. KPMG specialists will receive training and certification in Alibaba Cloud enterprise internet architecture, cloud computing and security, big data, and robotic process automation (RPA).

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