Accenture set out to standardize on two technologies—Microsoft and SAP—worldwide. A single global IT platform based on Microsoft technology would provide the underlying infrastructure and common applications would be delivered via Accenture’s single-instance SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. The aim was to rationalize, simplify and standardize IT to manage total cost of ownership and enhance productivity.
Though simple in concept, a single platform had rarely been delivered worldwide, let alone for a company as large as Accenture. Accenture sought an advanced, Web-enabled infrastructure solution that could be delivered throughout the enterprise, from hosting to the desktop, and an ERP solution that would integrate hundreds of applications into a single instance.
Accenture relied on its IT organization’s strong Microsoft and SAP skills, and also joined forces with Avanade, a joint venture of Accenture and Microsoft, for rapid analysis and implementation of the Microsoft standard across the company. Accenture’s long-established alliance relationships with both Microsoft and SAP also helped expedite the implementation.
The SAP on Microsoft approach has allowed Accenture to deliver on the business priorities while lowering costs and improving performance.