TORONTO — Microsoft has invested in the creation of a new Data Innovation Centre of Excellence, increased local technical talent and a new Azure Edge Zone in an effort to further Canadian growth.
The new centre will provide technical resources to help organizations harness the power of data and cloud technology to accelerate their digital transformation. The addition of a new Azure Edge Zone in Western Canada will further increase the significant cloud footprint in Canada and the addition of 500 local technical jobs, states a release.
The Centre of Excellence will open in Microsoft’s new downtown Toronto headquarters and provide data analytics and local engineering expertise to Canadian customers, partners and non-profits across the country. Customers will have the opportunity to co-innovate on transformative solutions and it will also provide a safe experimental environment, give customers a place where they can test early capabilities and share best practices to help accelerate their digital strategy, adds the release.
“The pandemic accelerated digital transformations for organizations in all sectors of our economy. Business and government leaders now recognize the opportunity in leveraging data to enhance efficiency for competitiveness and to better serve customers and citizens,” said Kevin Peesker, president of Microsoft Canada, in a statement. “Data creates unique opportunities for organizations only if they have the tools and talent to manage it securely and compliantly, which is why we are launching the Data Innovation Centre of Excellence, to further leverage our data and AI expertise/leadership to empower Canadian organizations.”