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Coca Cola invests heaviliy in Generative AI

'$1.1 billion commitment to generative AI capabilities'

by Marco van der Hoeven

Microsoft and The Coca-Cola Company have announced a five-year strategic partnership aimed at advancing Coca-Cola’s technology initiatives through enhanced use of cloud computing and generative AI.  This collaboration highlights Coca-Cola’s commitment of $1.1 billion to Microsoft’s Cloud services and generative AI technologies, marking a significant escalation from their previous $250 million agreement in 2020.

Under this partnership, Coca-Cola will integrate Microsoft Azure as its preferred global cloud and AI platform. The initiative is set to cover various business functions, from marketing to manufacturing, enhancing productivity and innovation. Notably, the partnership will explore the potential of generative AI through the Azure OpenAI Service, which includes tools like Copilot for Microsoft 365 aimed at improving workplace efficiency.

Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Microsoft, emphasized the transformative impact of AI across Coca-Cola’s operations and its network of independent bottlers worldwide. The technology’s deployment spans numerous areas, promising to boost customer service, streamline operations, and promote growth through advanced digital assistants and other AI-driven tools.

John Murphy, President and Chief Financial Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, and Neeraj Tolmare, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer, both highlighted the growth and future potential of the partnership. They noted that this alignment with Microsoft not only reflects Coca-Cola’s ongoing digital transformation but also its strategic focus on leveraging emerging technologies to create value and enhance corporate efficiency systemwide.

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