Accenture and Oracle launch strategic initiative to deliver data center transformation solutions

New dedicated Accenture team to focus on accelerated data center optimization.

September 17, 2013

New dedicated Accenture team to focus on accelerated data center optimization

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 percent1.

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.

“In our ongoing work with Accenture, in 2011, we implemented both Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Retail Fusion Client on the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Machine for our enterprise architecture. This provided a platform for Edcon to provide a scalable and cost effective Oracle platform. Accenture continues to manage our Oracle applications and were the first to go live and run Oracle’s full Fusion Middleware stack on Exalogic and OVM in production. They have delivered beyond the benefits and value we expected and have proven to have the relevant experience to help us derive greater value from our Oracle solutions,” said Henri Slabbert, Chief Information Officer, Edcon.

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.