Suncor announced a multiyear strategic alliance with Microsoft for the latter’s cloud solutions and services. The two will collaborate on innovation projects, Suncor reported.

Suncor will leverage the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, which is expected to enable rapid deployment of new technologies to improve safety and productivity through artificial intelligence, machine learning, enhanced automation and machine health monitoring.

Suncor leadership said Microsoft was the ideal partner due to its dedication to global innovation best practices. “This is an example of how we are driving to improve our business in ways that were not possible before: to make our people safer, increase reliability and productivity, reduce costs and improve sustainability,” Mark Little, president and chief executive officer, Suncor, said.