Accenture deploys collaborative workplace technologies at Standard Life to cut costs

Accenture has deployed collaborative workplace technologies at Standard Life to reduce operating costs — as part of Digital Workplace strategic program.

Standard Life’s Digital Workplace strategic program is designed to streamline its IT services across its businesses in Europe, North America and Asia.

One of the tasks for Accenture and Avanade was to upgrade from Windows XP to the Windows 7 OS for over 11,000 desktops globally.

The project involved migration to a single mail platform, deployment of collaboration tools to improve productivity, and the training of Standard Life employees in six business units across 14 countries, said Accenture.


Digital Workplace allowed Standard Life reduced application estate by 60 percent, cut log-in time by 15 minutes and increased pace of work through better collaboration.

Paul Chong, director of Group IT at Standard Life, said: “From a business perspective, this lays the foundation blocks for improving our customer engagement as we continue to develop our Digital agenda. This has been one of the largest and most complex global IT projects we have undertaken, and we are proud to have completed it in less than 18 months.”

Gary Taylor, Accenture’s Infrastructure Services Lead in Scotland, said: “Advanced collaboration technologies and mobile, cloud and network solutions can be part of any CIO’s toolkit to create an intelligent infrastructure that enables greater social collaboration among employees at any time, from any place, via any device.”

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