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”.
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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