Microsoft and Accenture have collaborated multiple times in the past, from offering cyberdefense solutions to building a digital identification network using blockchain. Now, the two firms, along with their jointly-owned company Avanade, are expanding their partnership with the launch of the Accenture Microsoft Business Group.
The group is primarily aimed toward the companies' clients to help them overcome the challenges faced due to digital disruption. This will be done by moving clients to Azure, enabling them to leverage various innovative services provided through the cloud computing service. Industry solutions that are based on Microsoft technologies will be developed and later deployed to provide enterprises with innovative products that help them adapt to the ever-changing technological landscape.
Judson Althoff, Executive VP of Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft, commented on the move with respect to the digitalization era, noting:
"Every company is becoming a digital company. Building on our successful partnership with Accenture and Avanade, we will help customers fuel innovation at scale and lead their industries into the future. This is core to our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more."
Paul Daugherty, Accenture's Chief Technology & Innovation officer and Chairman of the Avanade board, also emphasized the importance of the new group with regards to the involved companies' current relationship:
"The Accenture Microsoft Business Group is a major step forward in our decades-long relationship with Microsoft. It brings Accenture’s broad industry experience and transformation skills together with Microsoft’s powerful digital technologies and Avanade’s specialization in the Microsoft ecosystem. The demand for digital transformation, powered by the cloud, has never been greater. We are bringing the leading capabilities of our companies together to meet this demand and deliver innovation to our clients."
Accenture and Avanade have together serviced more than 4,000 clients with 35,000 Microsoft projects to date, and they will certainly be hoping that this new venture proves to be a successful one as well.