MSCI has partnered with Microsoft to accelerate innovation among the global investment industry.

Microsoft will be providing its cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to assist MSCI’s global reach through its portfolio of investment decision support tools.

The purpose of the partnership is to enhance MSCI’s client experience among sophisticated investors such as asset managers, asset owners, hedge funds and banks.

Investors will be able to efficiently manage data and understand the drivers of risk and performance.

MSCI will initially focus on migrating its existing products, data and services onto Azure as its preferred cloud platform.

This includes its index and analytics solutions as well as its environmental, social and governance (ESG) products and ratings.

For the future, MSCI and Microsoft will look to explore further opportunities in driving climate risk and ESG solutions in line with both firm’s commitment to sustainability.

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Henry Fernandez, chairman and CEO of MSCI, commented: “Investors’ needs to rapidly innovate and adapt as strategies and business models evolve, build and manage big data, and improve operational efficiencies are growing at a critical speed around the world.”

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, cloud +AI at Microsoft, added: “By harnessing the power of Azure and its AI capabilities, together with MSCI’s expertise and position within the investment ecosystem, we will be able to accelerate new innovations that help investors better optimize their clients’ performance capabilities.”