Accenture and Oracle embark on enterprise cloud adoption push

Accenture and Oracle are embarking on a joint push to make it easier for public sector and financial services firms to move to cloud

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IT services firm Accenture has joined forces with Oracle to form a business group geared towards accelerating enterprise adoption of cloud technologies.

The Accenture Oracle Business Group will provide enterprises with access to industry-specific services built using Oracle’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings.

The hope is, by offering firms access to services designed with the needs of their industry in mind, Accenture and Oracle can help them make the move off-premise more quickly by doing a lot of the preparatory work on their behalf.

The delivery of these services will be supported by Accenture and Oracle’s joint workforce, which includes 52,000 consultants and 20,000 Java professionals.

These, the companies claim, will be on hand to help enterprise users plot their cloud moves in the first instance and provide ongoing maintenance support for their deployments.

To start with, the vertical markets served by the initiative will include financial services, hospitality and the public sector.

Stephen Rohleder, group CEO for North America at Accenture, said the group’s formation marks a new chapter in its 23-year relationship with Oracle.

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“The Accenture Oracle Business Group combines [our] deep industry and technology experience with Oracle’s expansive set of cloud solutions to deliver client value not found elsewhere in the market today,” he said.

“This is part of our strategy to take advantage of Oracle’s leading technologies and build our business together for the future.”

Thomas Kurian, president of product development at Oracle, said: “For the first time, customers have the opportunity to use accelerators, pre-built adapters and industry-specific extensions with Oracle’s offerings to accelerate cloud migration and achieve enterprise transformation.”

Oracle is the latest technology giant to join forces with Accenture to deliver cloud services to enterprise users, after Microsoft teamed up with the IT services firm to push its hybrid message and SAP embarked on a private cloud-focused initiative with it.

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