One New Zealand and Google Cloud has announced a five-year strategic partnership to bolster cloud transformation, and accelerate digitisation efforts across small and midsize businesses, enterprises, and public segments in New Zealand.
The agreement will involve both organisations working together to modernise One NZ's infrastructure, and jointly go-to-market with tailored software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings that give Kiwi businesses easy access to cloud-based tools to help them quickly and securely digitise.
"One New Zealand is 100 percent focused on helping Kiwi businesses thrive," says Mike Purchase, interim chief enterprise director at One New Zealand.
"We are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with Google Cloud, to help us modernise and simplify our own systems and infrastructure, and also create a step change in productivity for our customers," he says.
Digitally transforming Kiwi businesses
Google Cloud will work with One NZ to bring digital solutions, including data and analytics technologies, AI tools, Google Workspace and security solutions, to One NZ's SMB, enterprise and public sector customers.
One NZ will also offer customised software-as-a-service solutions, via One NZ's cloud marketplace, aimed at fully digitising SMBs at each stage of their businesses. This will help companies scale their businesses, accelerate the pace of innovation, and build better customer experiences.
Building a cloud-first foundation
The collaboration with Google Cloud forms a part of One NZ's broader business and technology transformation plan, paving the way towards becoming a cloud-first organisation.
One NZ will leverage Google Cloud's infrastructure to simplify its IT environment onto a scalable and resilient platform, with a goal of streamlining core operations to improve customer experiences and optimise costs. Tapping Google Cloud's security solutions and Mandiant Consulting services, One NZ's end-to-end operations will also be further strengthened by advanced threat protection and customer data security.
"Our growth mindset and culture of innovation strongly aligns with One New Zealand, and we are delighted to be partnering with the company on its cloud-first transformation journey," says Caroline Rainsford, country director, Google New Zealand.
"By bringing together the best of Google Cloud and One NZ, we are making cloud solutions more accessible for Kiwi businesses, so they can focus on building for scale and unlocking new business models to be more competitive on the global stage," she says.
Tony Baird, chief technology officer at One New Zealand adds, "Google Cloud has been a key partner across our technology stack for some years now.
"We look forward to bringing their pedigree of innovation in data, AI, and networking to support our strategy moving forward," he says.
Expanding infrastructure in New Zealand
Google Cloud has also announced its first Aotearoa New Zealand cloud region will be located in Auckland. When it launches, the region will help Kiwi businesses drive their digital transformations locally with speed, security, and scalability.