Microsoft Azure awards Protiviti specialisation in AI

15 August 2023 Consultancy.uk 3 min. read

Protiviti has been certified as a Microsoft Azure partner specialising in AI and machine learning. The news recognises Protiviti’s expertise in helping clients to implement Azure-based solutions for automated applications.

Businesses around the world are optimistic about their prospects in the coming months, as many hope to see investments in new AI technology pay off. Recent studies suggest the much-hyped technology of generative AI in particular could help the UK economy alone find £31 billion in efficiency savings and productivity gains.

Realising this potential still requires external expertise and support for many firms, though. This is leading to many consultancies – the likes of Bain & Company, Cognizant and Elixirr among them – to ramp up their AI lines. By bolstering their offerings in the innovative new space, they are preparing to support a glut of firms trying to find their way on their AI journeys.

Microsoft Azure awards Protiviti specialisation in AI

Protiviti is no exception to this trend. The digital technology consultancy provides clients with consulting and managed solutions in finance, technology, operations, data, digital, legal, governance, risk and internal audit through its network of more than 85 offices in over 25 countries. Having recently launched a new Microsoft AI Center of Excellence (MSAI COE), and AI Solutions to help clients adopt the technology in a “responsible” way, the firm has been recognised with a ‘Microsoft Azure specialisation’ in AI and machine learning.

Microsoft solution specialisations are a certification which aim to recognise the technology firm’s partners exhibiting deep expertise in designated capability areas. As part of the firm’s Microsoft specialisation achievement in AI and machince learning,  Protiviti will continue to develop its MSAI COE – which is focused on researching and developing AI solutions that drive impactful change to businesses, and how they operate and serve their customers. It also brings together a high concentration of Microsoft MVPs, world-class data scientists, award-winning AI solutions, and Protiviti’s risk heritage focusing on delivering trusted and secure AI solutions.

“Protiviti is proud to collaborate with Microsoft to be a leading provider of AI enabled capabilities,” said Christine Livingston, global leader of Protiviti’s AI services. “Together with Microsoft, we look forward to helping organizations utilize AI solutions responsibly to drive impactful transformation in their businesses.”

Within Protiviti’s suite of more than 50 AI solutions and accelerators, the company has developed Microsoft-certified offerings to help clients get started with generative AI. These include a generative AI roadmap – a four-week assessment to define objectives and develop a strategic plan for deploying Microsoft Azure-based Open AI-LLM applications across business functions – and a generative AI proof of concept; a six-week solution utilizing a proven methodology and a knowledgeable team to accelerate ideation to functional prototype.

“We’re excited to be a leader for Microsoft-enabled AI solutions and look forward to driving business value to our clients,” added Tom Andreesen, Protiviti’s Microsoft global alliance leader. “The MSAI COE will focus on leveraging the latest Microsoft AI capabilities and driving research and resulting solutions that consider the broad risk considerations in today’s business environment and is well aligned with Protiviti’s rich risk management and governance history.”