Orange Business Services has unveiled a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to assist large companies with speeding up their digital transformation and harness the benefits of the cloud to evolve in response to market changes and user requirements, according to a Monday (Nov. 23) announcement.

Stefan Kanis, senior vice president of the cloud business unit at Orange Business Services, said in the announcement that the tie-up with AWS lengthens its relationship, increasing its abilities to streamline and speed up clients’ cloud transformations.

“Customers appreciate having a combination of our cloud excellence to address their specific needs as well as our global vision with local care,” Kanis said.

Orange and AWS will work collaboratively to provide new offerings in the spaces of “modernization and migration, data analytics, innovation and security,” according to the announcement.

A “Cloud Center of Excellence” will be constructed on AWS as part of the deal, organizing a collaborative build-out of a comprehensive education and certification initiative for over 3,000 Orange Business Services experts.

“Orange Business Services brings a unique set of capabilities across connectivity, design, migration, security and local delivery. Together, we offer a proven digital transformation roadmap to help customers leverage the breadth and depth of AWS services to quickly develop and deploy cloud-native applications that are highly secure, resilient and performant,” said Doug Yeum, head of global partner organization for AWS.

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Orange has also joined the AWS Channel Reseller Program, enabling it to resell AWS offerings to clients.

Interest in cloud technologies has sparked in recent years, but as previously noted in this space, a number of established financial institutions have more ground to clear before these can be completely implemented. Forty-three percent of legacy banks are still operating their core banking offerings on platforms designed with COBOL, which is a programming language now more than six decades old. This can cause challenges for these banks as they seek to support a growing collection of online tools and offerings for clients.

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