Woolworths inks hybrid cloud strategy deal with Dell Technologies

Woolworths has announced a partnership with Dell Technologies to bring together its public and private clouds onto a single platform in a bid to improve the way it manages inventory and support operations of nearly 3,000 retail outlets. 

Under the deal, the pair would jointly launch a Woolworths group hosting service. The platform would serve as the single system to enable the grocery giant to access mission-critical processes and applications — such as Kronos Workforce application for HR and payroll management, and Blue Yonder warehouse and transport management applications for the distribution of goods — through the Dell Technologies Cloud.

At the same time, Woolworths would also have access to Dell Technologies’ managed private cloud housed across two data centre facilities in Sydney, as well as adopt Dell Technologies On Demand to acquire on-premise IT via an as-a-service consumption model.

“With a presence in more than 1,000 communities across Australia

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Marriott inks Grab partnership to integrate app platform, access customer base

Marriott International has inked a partnership with Southeast Asian mobile app operator, Grab, to integrate the latter’s platform across its service portfolio, including food delivery, payments, transport, and advertising. The deal will give the hotel group access to Grab’s “sizeable” customer base through its services, namely, GrabFood, GrabPay, and GrabAds.

Touted as its “most comprehensive agreement” with a hospitality group, Grab said in a joint statement Thursday the alliance would see both organisations meld their service offerings together to enrich user experience for consumers across Southeast Asia. It also marks Marriott’s first “extensive integration” with a mobile app platform in the region, the partners said, enabling the global hotel group to tap a customer base that was increasingly transacting online. 

Under the agreement, GrabFood would showcase 600 restaurants and bars under Marriott’s network across six Southeast Asian markets. Customers would also be able to pay for their dining transactions through

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NSW government inks AU$328m internet upgrade deal with Telstra

The New South Wales government has partnered with Telstra to deliver internet upgrades to more than 2,000 public schools across the state.

Expected to cost AU$328 million, the project is expected to see more than 5,200 km of fibre be rolled out, which the government boasted would increase internet speeds by more than 10-fold.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the upgrade would deliver faster, more reliable internet access to enable more reliable video conferencing and quicker downloads.

“This upgrade will bypass existing network constraints meaning all our schools will be on a high-speed connection in the next 18 months, three years ahead of schedule,” she said.

The project will also give students access to new immersive learning opportunities, Mitchell added.

This deal will extend the long-running partnership that has existed between the NSW government and Telstra.

“We know that digital inclusion, particularly for students, is a lead indicator for

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