The alliance is expected to roll out in Australia in 2019 and is designed to provide an avenue for KPMG clients in APAC and Europe seeking access to the China market to establish local cloud services from Alibaba Cloud.
The two companies say the alliance will focus on digital transformation, “new retail”, IT strategy consulting and cloud-based digital solutions, bringing together 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 Fortune 1000 companies.
The alliance is also touted by KPMG and Alibaba as complementing each other’s business in helping clients to expand into new markets – with the aim to build a “strong global ecosystem with cloud services and infrastructure, particularly serving organisations with multi-cloud strategies including small- to medium-sized enterprises”.
“As Australian and Chinese businesses continue to embark on their cloud transformation strategies to address these challenges, they can feel confident that KPMG Australia and Alibaba Cloud teams together can address their specific needs for global, scalable, cloud-based digital solutions.”
Alibaba Cloud president Simon Hu said: “Alibaba Cloud is excited to drive innovations across different industries and businesses together with KPMG, and to address the ever-growing needs of high performance and secure cloud infrastructure. Through our alliance, we will help empower KPMG clients with cutting edge cloud technologies and experience to advance digital transformation in various verticals.”
As part of the alliance, KPMG and Alibaba Cloud will form a global 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.