Accenture and VMware launch new Business Group

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Bangalore: Accenture and VMware have expanded their partnership to launch a dedicated business group. The new Accenture VMware Business Group will help organisations adopt a ‘cloud-first’ strategy.

This strategy involves accelerating migration to the cloud, building modern apps more rapidly, and using the cloud as a foundation for innovation and new business models, ultimately realizing greater value.

The Accenture VMware Business Group represents a new multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment from the two companies, which have a relationship spanning more than two decades.

The new business group brings together dedicated professionals with deep expertise in hybrid cloud and cloud migrations, cloud-native and application modernization and security across key industries.

Around 2,000 Accenture cloud professionals trained in VMware products and services, support the Accenture VMware Business Group. They will help clients tap into the powerful capabilities and elasticity of the cloud — to quickly scaling business services, operating efficiently and enabling innovation at scale.

The new business group between Accenture and VMware has a similarity of the strategic partnership that Accenture and SAP have formed in recent times around the Accenture Cloud First initiative.

The new group is part of Accenture Cloud First, which Accenture launched in 2020 with a $3 billion investment in new capabilities, solutions, partnerships and client engagements to help clients shape, move and operate their businesses in the cloud.

“Cloud is the single most powerful tool for mastering change,” said Julie Sweet, CEO Accenture.

“As organisations accelerate their move to the cloud and edge over the next few years, the Accenture VMware Business Group will help deliver the speed, scale and security they need to fundamentally reinvent their businesses and create more value,” added Sweet.

The Accenture VMware Business Group will invest in joint go-to-market and sales operations, training of more Accenture practitioners in VMware technologies and the development of new service offerings, assets and accelerators underpinned by VMware technologies.

The two 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.
“To meet the demands of today’s unprecedented business environment, organizations must employ a multi-cloud strategy — more rapidly than ever before,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO VMware.

“Increasingly, customers are running their applications on one or more clouds, datacentres 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,” added Gelsinger.

The new business group will launch a specialized VMware Cloud Migration Factory to migrate computing workloads to the cloud rapidly, more securely and confidently, using highly automated processes that have been fine-tuned by the migration and modernization of thousands of applications.

The VMware Cloud Migration Factory will give clients access to a controlled environment and dedicated resources. It will help them to plan, test, migrate and modernize applications at scale to their preferred public, private and/or hybrid cloud — reducing the risk of moving VMware workloads and accelerating time-to-value.
“Embarking on our ‘journey to cloud’ is part of our core strategy to successfully navigate the market, by offering an innovative brand experience and boosting e-commerce capabilities, while keeping the right flexibility and speed to respond to new challenges,” said Claudio Bianchi, CIO – Kiko Milano.

“Accenture and VMware have already made it possible for Kiko Milano to move our entire IT infrastructure to the cloud in record time. We are confident that the Accenture VMware Business Group can help us in the future to further accelerate our go-to-market capabilities,” added Bianchi.

“The pandemic brought about a new ‘next normal’ for organisations, one where they need to accelerate their use of the cloud to modernize the business and serve as a foundation for innovation,” said Rick Villars, Group VP – Worldwide Research, IDC.

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