Accenture Cloud Platform to Help Businesses Integrate and Manage Technology in a Hybrid World

  Accenture Cloud Platform to Help Businesses Integrate and Manage Technology
  in a Hybrid World

Company to invest more than $400 million in cloud capabilities to help clients
 implement digital technologies and drive greater flexibility, innovation and
                                    growth

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- April 5, 2013

To help clients get the most business value from cloud computing and in
anticipation of the shift in demand toward the public cloud, Accenture (NYSE:
ACN) has launched the Accenture Cloud Platform.As more and more clients are
going digital, the Accenture Cloud Platform provides services and solutions
designed to help organizations integrate and manage the hybrid cloud
environments that span across multiple vendor platforms and are critical to
providing ultimate flexibility and supporting emerging technologies.

The Accenture Cloud Platform represents an important next step in Accenture’s
cloud strategy and reaffirms the company’s intent to providing cloud brokering
and orchestration services that are growing in importance to clients. As part
of this strategic initiative, Accenture will invest more than $400 million in
cloud technologies, capabilities and training by 2015 to focus on delivering
the right cloud services from its network of providers, as well as blending
its own industry solutions and innovations with third party offerings.

“Already in use on more than 200 projects, the Accenture Cloud Platform
features proven technologies and business processes to help our clients make
the safe journey to cloud,” said Jack Sepple, global senior managing director
- Cloud, Accenture. “We foresee the growing use of public cloud services and
are uniquely positioned to offer the best of breed from a variety of
vendors.We are committed to moving our extensive portfolio of cloud
offerings, broad ecosystem of alliance relationships, and large global client
base to the cloud in all forms – public, private and hybrid.”

According to the Accenture Technology Vision 2013 report, digital technology
has become a strategic imperative and a tool of competitive intent for
businesses today.Supported by the cloud, technology trends like mobile,
social collaboration and big data are changing the landscape as an increasing
number of businesses go digital. The Accenture Cloud Platform provides a
secure, scalable, and enterprise-ready cloud integration system to support
these critical changes. It provides management and control over cloud services
that are being delivered to clients, whether by Accenture or from a third
party provider such as Microsoft, SAP and others.

As part of its overall investment, Accenture has created expanded services on
the Accenture Cloud Platform, including public and virtual private cloud
infrastructure, data decommissioning, software systems testing and big data
analytics solutions in the cloud.

Accenture has already worked on more than 4,000 cloud projects for clients,
including over half of the Fortune Global 100, and has more than 6,700
professionals trained in cloud.Accenture is consistently recognized for its
industry leadership by leading independent analyst firms and software alliance
partners.

According to industry analyst firm IDC^1, the total market size for cloud will
grow from approximately $40 billion in 2012 to $98 billion in 2016.This
includes projections for software as a service (SaaS) to reach $37 billion,
infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to reach $30 billion, system infrastructure
software as a service to reach $20 billion, and platform as a service (PaaS)
to reach $10 billion by 2016.

Learn more about the Accenture Cloud Platform.

^1 IDC Worldwide and Regional Public IT Cloud Services 2012–2016 Forecast, Aug
2012

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with approximately 261,000 people serving clients in more
than 120 countries.Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive
capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive
research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with
clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.The
company generated net revenues of US$27.9billion for the fiscal year ended
Aug. 31, 2012. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

Contact:

Accenture
Peter Y. Soh, + 703-947-2571
peter.y.soh@accenture.com
 
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