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Coca-Cola Invests $1.1 Billion in Collaborative Generative AI Project with Microsoft

Jimmy Aki
Last updated: | 2 min read
A display of Coca-Cola Can drinks on a wooden shelf.

Coca-Cola inked a $1.1 billion five-year partnership deal on April 23 with Microsoft to explore and integrate the tech company’s cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions across the beverage giant’s global operations.

According to the Coca-Cola AI agreement with Microsoft, the beverage production company will collaborate on experimenting with its Azure cloud computing platform.

Coca-Cola AI Investment Opens Access to Microsoft’s Copilot


Additionally, Coca-Cola will test Microsoft’s Copilot offerings to evaluate how these tools can drive productivity across its various business functions. Copilot is an AI assistant that summarizes lengthy email discussions and constructs business presentation slide decks, among other functions.

This partnership would also see Coca-Cola expand its use of other conventional Microsoft software, such as Dynamics 365, Power BI, Defender and Fabric, to improve scalability and foster innovation around its system.

 

“This partnership with Microsoft allows us to really step change our employee experience by replacing previously disparate and fragmented systems,” said Barry Simpson, Coca-Cola’s Senior Vice President. “These platforms allow us to deliver relevant, personalized experiences as we network our organization.”

This latest Coca-Cola AI investment follows a previous five-year agreement, announced on April 27, 2020, which was structured to simplify Coca-Cola’s business operations on Microsoft’s cloud platform. The goal was to deliver improved digital experiences to modernize how the company engages with its employees and customers. The 2020 agreement included a $250 million commitment.

Microsoft AI Projects Continue to Expand


Since the introduction of OpenAI’s generative AI chatbot series, there has been an increasing interest in adopting AI technology. This has opened doors to many other partnerships besides the Coca-Cola and Microsoft partnership, including the synergy between US chipmaker Nvidia and Vietnam’s FPT to build an AI factory.

Microsoft has itself embarked on a series of AI project collaborations and investments in its bid to have a strong foothold in the AI sector.

In a press release dated April 22, Microsoft and Cognizant announced an expansion of their global partnership as well. The partnership will merge their AI and digital transformation expertise, with a focus on industries that have not experienced a major disruption in decades.

To achieve these goals, Cognizant will deploy Microsoft 365 Copilot “to a million users within their global 2000 clients and across 11 industries.”

Earlier this month, Microsoft invested $1.5 billion into G42, an AI-based company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The investment would see G42 leverage Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform to power its AI services and applications.