Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, announced on Wednesday a collaboration agreement with Accenture, a global professional services company and SAP China, a German multinational software corporation.

The partnership with Accenture, revealed during their cloud computing conference in Shenzhen, shows Alibaba Cloud’s global ambition to become a leader in service technology and business solutions for clients in China and in ASEAN markets.

“Together, [Alibaba Cloud and SAP] will help enterprises to simplify their IT infrastructure, realize business value and accelerate digital transformation,” Mark Gibbs, President of SAP Greater China said.

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Yu Yi, Managing Director and Lead of Accenture Digital in Greater China and Yu Sicheng, Vice President of Alibaba Cloud

Through the collaboration Accenture, Alibaba Cloud will combine their infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions with Accenture’s industry and technology consulting capabilities. The two companies will also work together to jointly bring cloud-based third-party solutions onboard the Alibaba Cloud platform.

“We are glad to work with Accenture to strengthen the offerings of reliable cloud-based, analytics-driven enterprise solutions in China as well as in ASEAN markets,” said Yu Sicheng, Vice President of Alibaba Cloud in a statement.

“Applying our broad industry expertise, analytic capabilities and technology integration services along with the IaaS functions of Alibaba Cloud will enable clients to accelerate their adoption of ‘as-a-Service’ strategies that prevail in today’s digital economy,” said Yu Yi, Managing Director and Lead of Accenture Digital in Greater China.

With the announcement, Alibaba Cloud adds two more multinational corporates to a slew of current partners, including Foxconn, who signed a strategic partnership with Alibaba Cloud in October 2015, and NVIDIA, the Graphic Processing Unit provider that signed a strategic partnership with Alibaba Cloud earlier this year.

Other Chinese tech giants have also extended into cloud services. Baidu Yun, a cloud computing arm of Baidu, jointly revealed China’s first internet data center (IDC) optical transport network that supports T-SDN last week, followed by a report that Tencent is seeking additional loan worth $2 billion USD to invest in gaming, intellectual property rights for entertainment and cloud computing.

Image Credit: Alibaba Cloud

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at

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