Accenture Ranked #1 in Microsoft Artificial Intelligence Services, According to HFS Research

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been ranked number one in the HFS
Research Microsoft AI Services Top 10 Report
which assessed and
rated the Microsoft artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities of service
providers across innovation, execution and client feedback criteria.

The report states that Accenture leverages “its uniquely deep
relationship with Microsoft to raise enterprise AI standards across
industries.” Of the 14 providers assessed, Accenture ranked number one
across the following categories: depth and breadth of Microsoft AI
service offerings, scale, focus on business outcomes and process
transformation, technology innovation and enterprise client feedback.

“Accenture leads the industry in Microsoft AI services as a result of
its deep and longstanding alliance relationship with Microsoft which
uniquely positions it to deliver relevant and timely AI solutions to its
enterprise clients,” said Reetika Fleming, research director, HFS
Research. “Accenture has demonstrated a credible execution capability
for Microsoft AI services and a strong commitment to driving innovation
in this burgeoning market.”

Specific Accenture strengths highlighted in the report include:

  • Unique Microsoft partnership with Avanade. Formed in 2000,
    Avanade’s 35,000-person consulting operation is dedicated to helping
    clients implement and improve their ROI from Microsoft technologies,
    including AI. Avanade collaborates closely with Accenture’s
    intelligent automation practice, enabling a feedback loop among
    Accenture, Avanade, and Microsoft and leveraging the strengths of each
    individual entity to deliver AI capabilities for clients.
  • Segmented AI training. Accenture recognizes the wide range of
    capabilities within the AI umbrella, and segments its training
    approach into manageable modules accordingly. Its “AI aware” program
    trains staff in AI capabilities based on their existing technology
    experience and background. This helps enable real depth of AI training
    for employees and true specialization within a diverse technological
    umbrella.
  • Using Microsoft experience to help clients’ cloud AI journeys. Accenture
    and Microsoft’s 30-year relationship gives Accenture and Avanade an
    intimate knowledge of Microsoft’s tools, where they can be applied,
    and where improvements or additions can be made. This perspective
    helps it fine-tune clients’ Microsoft experience.

“We’re uniquely positioned to help our clients leverage Microsoft
technologies to rotate to the new to drive digital transformation,” said
Emma McGuigan, senior managing director, Accenture Microsoft Business
Group. “In conjunction with Avanade, we have the largest number of
Microsoft solution consultants in the industry and AI skills and
services are a critical focus. Our position in this report is a
testament to our ability to help enterprise clients apply Microsoft AI
capabilities to help drive business outcomes.”

Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade recently launched the Accenture
Microsoft Business Group
which expands the combined service
capabilities, global scale and joint solution development to help
clients overcome disruption and lead transformation in their industries.
The group is focused on providing clients with comprehensive services
around AI, among other areas.

“Our clients benefit from deep industry-focused AI solutions from
Accenture Applied Intelligence that are powered by a team of more than
6,000 AI professionals and 3,000 data scientists,” said Athina Kanioura,
chief analytics officer and global lead of Accenture
Applied Intelligence
. “Our relationship with Microsoft supports our
approach to apply AI, analytics, and automation to some of our clients
most complex issues and help deliver real value to their business.”

Accenture and Avanade have been named Microsoft Alliance Partner of the
Year 14 times. Together, they have delivered more than 35,000 Microsoft
projects for more than 4,000 clients around the world.

About Accenture

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is a leading global professional services company,
providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy,
consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched
experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all
business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network
— Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help
clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their
stakeholders. With 469,000 people serving clients in more than 120
countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world
works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Contacts

Hannah Unkefer
Accenture
+1 206 839 2172
hannah.m.unkefer@accenture.com

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