Accenture (NYSE:ACN) and Oracle are launching a multi-year strategic initiative to bring the performance and flexibility of Oracle Engineered Systems to clients more quickly and cost-effectively. Accenture has created a set of solutions incorporating Oracle Engineered Systems into Accenture’s leading data center transformation consulting and outsourcing services. These solutions allow clients to ready their data centers to manage, process and analyze the huge amounts of data being generated in a digital world, and at the same time help reduce total cost of data center ownership through significant consolidation of servers, storage and networking components. Accenture has formed a team of over 300 consultants who combine their experience with proprietary and field-tested methodologies and tools to help simplify solution implementation, increase productivity and improve the stability of data centers. For example, the new solutions can help reduce the effort and cost of migrating any vendor database to an Oracle Engineered Systems platform, which can lower cost of ownership by up to 50 percent 1. The Accenture team will be supported by Oracle Enterprise Architects and dedicated Oracle Engineered Systems engineers, who will help deliver and support the solutions while accelerating time to value for clients and reducing deployment risk. “This is a major step forward for Accenture and Oracle clients who have already started to experience the power of these solutions in reinventing the data center and creating a cost-effective, agile, high performing infrastructure – an important and fundamental milestone in building and supporting a digital business,” said Marty Cole, group chief executive for Accenture’s Technology growth platform. “We are seeing an increasing number of clients recognizing the value of virtualizing their databases and taking advantage of the cost and performance benefits delivered by these solutions.” Oracle Engineered Systems, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle SuperCluster and Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, pre-integrate hardware and software to reduce the cost and complexity of IT infrastructures while increasing productivity and performance.
"Our job is to help our customers simplify their IT and use technology to drive business innovation," said Oracle President Mark Hurd. “Collaboration between Oracle and Accenture allows our organizations to work even more effectively with customers toward these objectives."With its extensive capabilities in the entire portfolio of Oracle’s hardware and software offerings, Accenture has built a number of assets to complement Oracle Engineered Systems. The recently announced Accenture Center of Excellence for Oracle Engineered Systems, for instance, brings together Accenture’s functional and industry experience with leading Oracle technologies. Before making a significant investment, clients can test their workloads on Oracle Engineered Systems to get a picture of how a similar setup can accelerate their enterprise applications and strengthen analytics capabilities for performance and business benefit. Additionally, the Accenture Foundation Platform for Oracle, which helps clients accelerate deployments on Oracle Fusion Middleware, has been established on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine. “When we needed better management processes and more visibility across our global enterprise, Accenture helped us implement a cloud and integration hub infrastructure and deploy the Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Exadata Database Machine,” said Shoji Okada, IT Director, Fast Retailing. “Accenture applied critical skills and resources to quickly deliver an industry-leading cloud platform and pioneered the way with Oracle Exadata Database Machine to help us drive toward rapid global business development.” Accenture and Oracle are also investing in, working on and implementing transformational industry-specific solutions that utilize Oracle Engineered Systems. For example, the Accenture Life Sciences Cloud helps clients analyze enormous amounts of clinical data to improve overall development and enhancements of pharmaceuticals, and the Accenture Public Service Platform is a private cloud solution that accelerates implementations of systems for health reform. Accenture has one of the fastest-growing Oracle enterprise solutions practices among full-service integrators, with more than 52,000 consultants around the world qualified to provide implementation, upgrade and outsourcing solutions for the Oracle product suite. This initiative combines the power of this organization with Accenture’s market-leading Technology Consulting practice consisting of approximately 16,000 infrastructure specialists who have a 20+ year track record in delivering complex infrastructure transformations on a global scale. Accenture is a Diamond level member in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) – the highest level available in OPN – and has completed 46 Specializations. About AccentureAccenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 266,000 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$27.9 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. Its home page is www.accenture.com. About Oracle PartnerNetworkOracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle's partner program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle's growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to differentiate through Specializations. Specializations are achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. To find out more visit http://www.oracle.com/partners. Trademarks Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle and/or its affiliates. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies. 1 Savings due to reuse of resources over five year period.