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OMV partners with Microsoft to accelerate its digitalization strategy

f.l.t.r.: Jan Leitermann (OMV Group CIO & Digital Officer), Reinhard Florey (OMV CFO & Executive Board Member), Jean-Philippe Courtois (Executive Vice President and President Global Sales, Marketing and Operations of Microsoft Corporation), Vahe Torossian (President Microsoft Western Europe)
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OMV and Microsoft agreed on a strategic partnership. The details and way forward have been discussed by OMV Chief Financial Officer, Reinhard Florey and OMV Chief Information Officer Jan Leitermann together with the President of Microsoft Western Europe, Vahe Torossian, who was accompanied by Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President Global Sales, Marketing and Operations of Microsoft Corporation, on December 2, in Paris.

OMV will implement Microsoft cloud technologies such as the hybrid cloud platform Azure, which will allow scalability and ubiquity in both data storage and processing. In the next three years, OMV expects a significant part of its processing capacity to be located on intelligent cloud platforms, and will also adopt Office 365 as the communication, collaboration and productivity solution for its employees. With this agreement in place, OMV will be able to accelerate the building of skills required for the digital age.

Reinhard Florey, OMV Chief Financial Officer: “OMV’s Digital Journey is part of our OMV 2025 strategy, whose goal is to enable growth, drive performance and reward our shareholders. Our comprehensive digital roadmap involves use cases across the entire group, i.e. Corporate, Upstream and Downstream, and will deploy advanced, group-wide digital platforms and technologies. The global partnership with Microsoft positions us at the forefront of digital technology development and will significantly support us in achieving our targeted results.”

The alliance includes the companies’ joint work in identifying innovative solutions for the energy industry based on cloud-computing technologies, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and mixed reality, among others. By implementing a Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE), OMV will accelerate innovation and migration efforts while reducing the overall costs of change. This will be accompanied by the implementation of LinkedIn Learning, which will enable OMV to develop talent and keep skills current with a personalized eLearning approach.
Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations: “By embracing a new way of bringing people, data and processes together, OMV is a strong example of what it means to lead in the digital era. We look forward to partnering with OMV on their digital transformation journey as they help define and accelerate the next wave of innovation in the energy sector.”

Microsoft will provide OMV with access to a specialized multidisciplinary team with a high level of knowledge of the energy sector, as well as the experience of its R&D unit, Microsoft Research, to work on innovative projects. Microsoft will also provide information to OMV’s technical departments on future developments and technologies in a beta phase for testing and evaluation purposes.
The agreement additionally includes the creation of a Digital Projects Coordination Team that will manage the alliance between OMV and Microsoft. The team will promote joint initiatives and identify specific business scenarios.

The application of these technologies, at the forefront of digitalization, will allow it to successfully address future needs. This team will also recommend proofs of concept and prototypes to evaluate the practical feasibility of innovative models in the areas of customer experience, talent management, operations and digital delivery of products and services.

Background information:

OMV Aktiengesellschaft
OMV produces and markets oil and gas, innovative energy and high-end petrochemical solutions – in a responsible way. With Group sales of EUR 23 bn and a workforce of more than 20,000 employees in 2018, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. In Upstream, OMV has a strong base in Romania and Austria as part of the Central and Eastern Europe core region as well as a balanced international portfolio, with Russia, North Sea, Middle East and Africa as well as Asia-Pacific as further core regions. 2018 daily production stood at approximately 427,000 boe/d. In Downstream, OMV operates three refineries with a total annual processing capacity of 17.8 mn tons and more than 2,000 filling stations in ten countries. OMV runs gas storage facilities in Austria and Germany; its subsidiary Gas Connect Austria GmbH operates a gas pipeline network in Austria. In 2018, gas sales volumes amounted to around 114 TWh. Sustainability is an integral part of the corporate strategy. OMV is set to invest EUR 500 mn in innovative energy solutions by 2025.

Microsoft Austria 
Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) is the leading company for platforms and productivity for the "mobile first, cloud first" world. Its mission is to enable every person and every company in the world to achieve more. Microsoft Österreich GmbH is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation/Redmond, U.S.A., the world's leading manufacturer of standard software, services and solutions. Microsoft has had its own branch in Vienna since 1991 and employs a total of around 300 people. The goal is to work together with more than 5.000 local partner companies to enable people and companies to exploit their full potential through software. Further information: 

For further information, please contact:

Microsoft Österreich GmbH:
Thomas Lutz, MBA, Tel.: +43 1 610 64-155, +43 664 1927 155, e-mail:  
Grayling Austria GmbH:
Moritz Arnold, Julia Sommer, Tel.: +43 1 524 43 00-0, e.mail: