Accenture is to invest more than £125m over the next three years to expand its technology consulting capabilities.
The £8.5bn management consultancy and systems integration firm said it aims to help clients develop IT strategies that deliver “measurable business outcomes”.
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These include standardising, virtualising and securing their IT infrastructures and applications; improving worker productivity; and implementing new applications based on service oriented architecture (SOA).
Accenture chairman & CEO William Green said, “Aligning IT with business strategy has, once again, become a top issue for companies worldwide.”
Focus areas for the future will be IT consolidation and “green computing” coupled with anytime, anywhere access to corporate information, databases, e-mail and applications, it said.
According to Mindbench, a specialist research firm, demand for consulting services is rising 10-15% a year, with some firms expecting a 30% increase. UK demand is the result of staff attrition at consulting firms and a lack of skills in cities such as London, according to a new CBI/KPMG survey.
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