Another retailer seems to have shunned AWS. Microsoft has closed the week by winning another marquee deal, as Gap, the clothing and accessories retailer has signed up for its cloud services.
The company has picked Azure as its preferred cloud vendor.
And will be using the cloud platform across all its brands, including GAP, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Ahtleta, Hill City and Intermix. The clothing giant also aims to greatly improve customer experiences with the help of Azure and Microsoft 365.
Gap currently operates stores in more than 90 counties, with 3100 of them owned by the company, and is the largest specialty retailer in the United States.
Microsoft shared the good news here.
Sally Gilligan, the chief information officer at Gap seeing this new partnership as a stepping stone to help her company do more to engage with customers:
“As we grow our value and active business and accelerate online and mobile, the ability to scale our technology in a secure environment to accommodate this growth is critical. The Microsoft Azure platform provides our teams the ability to deliver innovative and personalized capabilities for our customers with speed supported by a strong depth of technology expertise from the Microsoft team.”
The two companies are now working to move hundreds of applications to Azure.
In the beginning stages, Gap will look to migrate to Azure to cut costs on the company’s on-premises data storage and services. Additionally, it also plans to deploy Microsoft 365 solutions to help supports its employees as well and enable them to better communicate and collaborate with each other.
For Microsoft, this is another big for its cloud division, as it is also working with Walmart to make the most of its cloud, advanced analytics and machine learning technologies.