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Accenture’s Collaboration 2.0 initiative is equipping Accenture professionals with tomorrow’s collaborative capabilities today, including Office Communicator, telepresence videoconferencing and enterprise-wide social networking capabilities.
Collaboration 2.0 is helping Accenture professionals work together and with Accenture clients more effectively than ever before.
Global enterprises are insisting on the best of all possible worlds:
In another time, one might conclude that such goals are so much wishful thinking. But this is not just any time. As Facebook, Twitter, Skype and many other examples make plain, we are living and working in an age of collaboration.
Accenture has been a strong proponent of workforce collaboration since its formation. The Accenture Global Delivery Network is the largest and most diversified group of technology, business process and outsourcing professionals in the world.
Beginning in 2007 and running through 2010, Collaboration 2.0 is aimed at making "anyone, anyplace, anytime" communication and collaboration a reality. Collaboration 2.0 was shaped by the CIO Organization in close cooperation with Accenture Technology Labs and with Accenture’s Workplace Technology and Collaboration consulting practice, bringing together Accenture’s best minds on collaboration, as well as its most advanced tools.
The greatest power of collaboration technologies lies in supporting new ways of working and interacting that simply were not possible or feasible before.
The cost savings realized by each user of Office Communicator, once multiplied across the entire Accenture workforce, are substantial. Telepresence has proven to be equally cost-efficient. Enterprise-wide metrics on Telepresence usage are climbing rapidly.
From November 2007 through October 2009, Accenture users have participated in tens of thousands of sessions, shrinking Accenture’s travel-related carbon footprint and helping contribute to a 16 percent reduction in Accenture’s year-on-year travel costs.
As potentially sizable as these savings are, even more significant is the shift in the way the Accenture workforce interacts. “The entire concept behind Collaboration 2.0 is an anytime, anyplace, anywhere strategy for allowing people to work together, and communicate and collaborate with each other,” says Vid Byanna, executive director-Global Infrastructure.
Collaboration 2.0 is helping Accenture professionals sell smarter and deliver more effectively than ever before. When it comes to delivering work, teams are collaborating more closely with reduced communications costs; interacting more frequently with clients without the need for travel; and mobilizing the global resources of Accenture to help clients achieve high performance.
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