NEW YORK; Nov. 28, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is expanding its Amazon Web Services (AWS) capabilities to help enterprises better leverage the cloud to increase operational efficiency, strengthen their business intelligence, and develop innovative new products and services more quickly.
The expanded capabilities include three new groups of offerings: applied intelligence on AWS, data centricity and analytics on AWS, and cloud native development, all created in collaboration with AWS through the Accenture AWS Business Group (AABG). Accenture is also establishing innovation ‘pods’ – dedicated space within Accenture Liquid Studios and innovation center locations around the world where cloud specialists from Accenture and AWS plan to work together to build intelligent solutions on AWS; one such example is an AI-powered elder-care solution that Accenture has piloted recently.
In addition, Accenture has launched a dedicated AWS practice that is expected to provide full-stack delivery and software engineering on AWS. Focused on AWS services, this new practice includes more than 1,400 AWS-certified consultants dedicated to help deliver full-stack on AWS.
Together, these new capabilities strengthen the AABG, which Accenture formed in October 2015 in collaboration with AWS to help enterprises migrate, develop and manage their applications on AWS.
“One of our goals with the Accenture AWS Business Group is to bring the breadth of AWS services together and demonstrate what’s possible on the cloud,” said Chris Wegmann, managing director and global leader of Accenture’s AWS practice. “Our clients demand digital transformation supported by the cloud, and developing end-to-end solutions on AWS helps them to bring innovation and agility to the core of their digital transformation journeys.”
According to the results of a recent IDG study sponsored by Accenture and AWS and based on a survey of 600 cloud-using companies, organizations with more than half of their infrastructure and apps in the cloud report more quantifiable benefits than those with less than 30 percent on the cloud. Those with the highest level of cloud provision are also experiencing much deeper transformative value, including improved customer satisfaction.
In addition to operating on the cloud, Accenture clients are using AWS services, such as AWS Lambda and Amazon Connect, to achieve breakthrough results beyond infrastructure improvement benefits.
“As we leverage cloud architecture, we’re seeing the benefits come through already, including cost efficiency, resilience, and improved time to market,” said Sandra Stonham, managing director of technology and operations at DBS, an AABG client. “We are quite confident we will see increased value as we continue on our journey toward fully cloud-enabled technology.”
“We are thrilled to see Accenture’s focus on AI, data centricity and analytics, and native cloud development, along with the additional resources of the AWS practice,” said Mike Clayville, vice president of worldwide commercial sales and business development, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “These new capabilities further support our customers in transforming organizational processes and skills, adopting a cloud-first strategy to innovate new products and services, operating more securely at global scale, and quickly achieving business results.”
To help customers manage their growing AWS cloud estate, Accenture has introduced a new version of the Accenture Cloud Platform (ACP). ACP 4.0 now helps customers to manage legacy and cloud resources through an integrated control plane delivered as a service. The serverless platform, built on AWS Lambda and other AWS services, helps enterprises apply advanced analytics, automated policies, improved security features and cloud billing at scale.
The AABG helps clients capitalize on a cloud-first agenda by developing agile, enterprise cloud solutions to drive innovation and transform business processes, tooling, and talent to address the new opportunities inherent in the intelligent enterprise on AWS. The AABG has trained 3,200 Accenture technologists and earned more than 1,400 AWS certifications, helping enterprise clients – such as Avalon Healthcare Solutions, Capital One, Hess Corporation, and Mediaset – accelerate innovation for ongoing business transformation.
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