As businesses work to move applications to the cloud, a new partnership between two major providers might make that a less daunting task. Accenture and Microsoft Corp. on Monday introduced Accenture Hybrid Cloud Solution for Microsoft Azure, a hybrid cloud platform meant to bring new capabilities, economics and innovation to the enterprise.
Along with Avanade, a company launched by the two technology giants in 2000, Microsoft and Accenture are co-funding and co-engineering the platform with new hybrid technologies and services that they say will help enterprises build and manage enterprise-wide cloud infrastructure and applications. Avanade is a leading Microsoft provider with more than 22,000 employees and more than $2 billion in global sales.
The Hybrid Cloud Solution for Microsoft Azure delivers new technologies to migrate and manage applications between private and public clouds on demand, rapidly and from a single console, according to Accenture.
The new product integrates and builds on existing capabilities from the three companies to offer enterprises a one-stop service solution. The Microsoft Azure platform provides enterprise performance, hyperscale and hybrid capabilities connected to Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack running in customer data centers.
"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 Accenture Cloud Platform supports multi-platform environments with self-service provisioning for any application. The product includes a central dashboard to control cloud brokerage and management capabilities, along with enterprise-grade governance, reliability, security and operations. It also comes with professional services to help clients define and execute their cloud goals.
The solution comes with professional services to help clients define and execute against their cloud goals -- from strategy and transformation to migration, deployment and managed services.
"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. "Enterprises need to smartly connect their infrastructure, software applications, data and operations capabilities in order to become agile, intelligent, digital businesses. This collaboration with Microsoft and Avanade is one of Accenture's most strategic and important initiatives for driving enterprise-wide cloud adoption."
The solution is being piloted at Freeport-McMoRan, one of the world's largest producers of copper and gold, to prototype a new Industrial Internet of Things platform to improve mining operations. The new platform will enable operations supervisors at Freeport-McMoRan to analyze and react to near real-time situations in the mine.