Accenture plans $400 million investment in cloud technologies

Infotech Lead America: Accenture is planning to invest more than $400 million in cloud technologies, capabilities and training by 2015.

The company will focus on delivering the right cloud services from its network of providers, as well as blending its own industry solutions and innovations with third party offerings.

Accenture says its Accenture Cloud Platform offers services and solutions designed to help enterprises integrate and manage the hybrid cloud environments.

The Accenture Cloud Platform represents an important next step in Accenture’s cloud strategy and reaffirms the company’s intent to providing cloud brokering and orchestration services that are growing in importance to clients.

At present, the Accenture Cloud Platform is used by more than 200 projects.

Jack Sepple, global senior managing director – Cloud, Accenture, said: “We foresee the growing use of public cloud services and are uniquely positioned to offer the best of breed from a variety of vendors.”

According to the Accenture Technology Vision 2013 report, digital technology has become a strategic imperative and a tool of competitive intent for businesses today.

The Accenture Cloud Platform provides a secure, scalable, and enterprise-ready cloud integration system to support these critical changes. It provides management and control over cloud services that are being delivered to clients, whether by Accenture or from a third party provider such as Microsoft, SAP and others.

Accenture has already worked on more than 4,000 cloud projects for clients, including over half of the Fortune Global 100, and has more than 6,700 professionals trained in cloud. Accenture is consistently recognized for its industry leadership by leading independent analyst firms and software alliance partners.

According to IDC, the total market size for cloud will grow from approximately $40 billion in 2012 to $98 billion in 2016. This includes projections for software as a service (SaaS) to reach $37 billion, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to reach $30 billion, system infrastructure software as a service to reach $20 billion, and platform as a service (PaaS) to reach $10 billion by 2016.

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