Professional services and consulting major Accenture and cloud software company VMWare on Thursday announced an extension of their existing partnership and launched the Accenture VMWare Business Group to help client organisations adopt a cloud first strategy.
The cloud first approach will involve accelerating migration to the cloud, building modern apps faster, and ultimately using the cloud as a foundation for innovation and new business models.
The dedicated business group will be a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment from the two companies. Together, the companies will be investing in go-to-market and sales operations, training more Accenture practitioners in VMware technologies and developing service offerings, assets and accelerators using VMware technologies.
Through the partnership, the companies will also develop pre-engineered vertical industry solutions, including a platform to help telecommunications companies accelerate the rollout of 5G and edge computing services. The group already includes Accenture’s 2000 cloud professionals trained in VMware products and services among others.
The business group is a part of Accenture Cloud First initiative, which the company had launched in 2020 with an investment of $3 billion.
“Cloud is the single most powerful tool for mastering change,” Julie Sweet, chief executive officer, Accenture said in a statement.
“Increasingly, customers are running their applications on one or more clouds, datacenters and the edge and the Accenture VMware Business Group will bring together the world-class teams and expertise required, with the speed, agility, and resilience that organisations demand, today and tomorrow,” Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware said in a statement. Gelsinger has exited the company to take charge of chipmaker Intel.
The new business group will launch a VMware Cloud Migration Factory to migrate computing workloads to the cloud faster and in a secured manner, using automated processes.
Lately Accenture has been on an acquisition spree. Within just two months 2021, the company has acquired at least four companies while investing in one more. Most of these companies including Imaginea and Businet Systems provide cloud-based engineering solutions and services.