Accenture, Avanade and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud offering

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 09 December 2014
Accenture, Avanade and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud offering

Accenture, Avanade and Microsoft have jointly funded and developed a hybrid cloud platform to make it easier for enterprise businesses to deploy cloud services across their organisations.

The Accenture Hybrid Cloud Solution for Microsoft Azure integrates and builds on key capabilities from the three companies to help enterprises deliver ‘everything as a service’. This includes bringing together the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, as well as Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack, which are designed to run in customer datacentres; the Accenture Cloud Platform for managing the cloud environment end to end; plus professional services and expertise from Accenture and Avanade to help with deployments.

“Our expanded relationship with Microsoft represents a game-changing proposition that addresses the biggest concerns and complexities our clients face as they look to leverage the cloud,” said Pierre Nanterme, chairman and CEO of Accenture. “With new demands being placed on IT departments every day, enterprises need to smartly connect their infrastructure, software applications, data and operations capabilities in order to become agile, intelligent, digital businesses. This unique collaboration with Microsoft and Avanade is one of Accenture’s most strategic and important initiatives for driving enterprise-wide cloud adoption.”

The launch of this solution comes just days after the release of Avanade’s Global Study: Hybrid Cloud – From Hype to Reality, which has found that today 77% of C-level leaders believe hybrid cloud will give them a competitive advantage and 76% believe it will allow them to focus on core growth opportunities.

“Enterprises around the globe are looking for the right platforms and partners to help them transform and thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “The Microsoft cloud, combined with Accenture’s industry knowledge and implementation expertise, accelerates our customers’ cloud adoption and unlocks new benefits, including powerful new applications, data-driven insights and increased productivity.”

The solution is already being piloted at Freeport-McMoRan, an international natural resource company, to prototype a new industrial internet of things platform to improve mining operations. The platform will enable operations supervisors to analyse and react to near real-time situations in the mine, allowing them to take immediate action on items that impact mine production, which ultimately drives revenue.

“As our business makes the transformation to digital mining, we engaged Accenture and Microsoft to show us how we can capture the benefits of hybrid cloud and accelerate our journey,” said Bert Odinet, CIO at the company.

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