Coca-Cola & Microsoft Partner to Accelerate Cloud and Gen AI

The Coca-Cola Company and Microsoft announce five-year strategic partnership to accelerate cloud and generative AI initiatives

Microsoft and The Coca-Cola Company have announced a groundbreaking US$1.1bn, five-year strategic partnership that will align Coca-Cola's core technology strategy across its global operations and enable the adoption of cutting-edge Microsoft technology on a global scale.

Under this collaboration, Coca-Cola has committed $1.1 billion to the Microsoft Cloud and its generative AI capabilities (Gen AI), underscoring the beverage giant's sweeping technology transformation anchored by Microsoft as its preferred global cloud and AI platform partner.

The companies will jointly experiment with technologies like Azure OpenAI Service to develop innovative Gen AI use cases across various Coca-Cola business functions, including testing how Microsoft's Copilot for Microsoft 365 could enhance workplace productivity for its more than 700,000 employees around the world.

"Through our long-term partnership, we’ve made significant progress to accelerate systemwide AI transformation across The Coca-Cola Company and its network of independent bottlers worldwide," said Judson Althoff, Microsoft's Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "We’re proud to support Coca-Cola as it continues to embrace the era of AI and looks to solutions like Azure OpenAI Service and Copilot to drive innovation across every area of its business."

Microsoft enables Coca-Cola Company’s commitment to digital transformation

Already a trailblazer in AI adoption – last year using GPT-4 and DALL-E technologies for a festive campaign to create user-generated personalised festive cards – Coca-Cola has migrated all applications to Microsoft Azure, with most major bottling partners following suit. Having innovated with Gen AI for nearly a year, Coca-Cola has already harnessed Azure OpenAI Service to reimagine processes from marketing to manufacturing, supply chain and beyond. Today, the company is exploring Gen AI-powered digital assistants on Azure OpenAI Service to improve customer experiences, streamline operations, drive innovation, gain competitive advantages, boost efficiency and unlock new growth opportunities.

"This new agreement builds on the success of Coca-Cola’s partnership strategy with Microsoft, showing our commitment to ongoing digital transformation," said John Murphy, Coca-Cola's President and Chief Financial Officer. "Our partnership with Microsoft has grown exponentially, from the US$250m agreement we initially announced in 2020 to US$1.1bn today."

Advancing Coca-Cola’s digital-first journey

The deal marks a significant stride in advancing Coca-Cola's digital-first journey by providing expanded access to Microsoft's cloud, AI platforms and solutions like Microsoft 365, Power BI, Dynamics 365, Defender and Fabric. This enhances efficiency, scalability and fosters innovation across Coca-Cola's global system.

"Our expanded partnership with Microsoft is an important next chapter in Coca-Cola’s journey toward a digital-first enterprise powered by emerging technologies," said Neeraj Tolmare, Coca-Cola's Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer. "Microsoft’s capabilities help accelerate our adoption of AI to create incremental enterprise value.”

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