Kubota Corporation and Microsoft have announced a multi-year strategic alliance aimed at accelerating Kubota’s digital transformation.

Through the alliance, Kubota will migrate its IT infrastructure and SAP (Systems, Applications, Products) onto Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.

Kubota says that the integration of mission-critical systems in the cloud will enable it to streamline its business operations and accelerate innovation. Additionally, the companies will develop new cutting-edge technologies and the plan is to launch a new AI machine learning lab focused on accelerating innovations.

The lab will be used to train new developers building AI solutions, and Kubota will explore the application of AI in its business operations and for developing new services for the agricultural sector.

Microsoft will leverage its extensive knowledge and advanced technologies available within Azure machine learning to support Kubota’s AI initiatives.

Kubota president and representative director Yuichi Kitao says that the company is looking to come up with new techniques to solve global food, water and environment issues.

“It is indispensable to promote digital transformation to meet such issues worldwide,” he said. “This alliance with Microsoft is an important step for the digital transformation. We accelerate to create innovations and provide the solutions.”