- define their cloud strategy;
- transform their traditional IT infrastructure into a cloud-based model (private or public); and
- migrate and manage their applications on a cloud-based infrastructure.
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Orange Business Services, a major communications service provider that offers cloud infrastructure services, have formed an alliance to support large enterprises with their cloud strategy and the transformation of their infrastructure and applications to cloud-based models. This alliance will begin by targeting French businesses before approaching companies in other European countries where Accenture does not have existing alliances with other providers. The alliance was formed to provide large enterprises with end-to-end cloud services that will help them to simplify the management of their IT infrastructure and increase their market flexibility, while keeping development costs under control. Under the alliance, Accenture and Orange Business Services will collaborate to support their clients by helping large enterprises to: