Having identified the services that it wanted to provide, Olympus looked for a cloud collaborator to help rapidly develop and deliver the cloud solution. It wanted a colleague that could deliver the cloud technology requirements and provide strategic, business and outsourcing support to verify that Olympus met its goals for its new consumer service.
As Kyosuke Ono, president, Olympus Memory Works explains: “Olympus needed a business collaborator who could deliver strategic planning and operational efficiency to partner with Olympus in developing this new Internet service swiftly and globally. Accenture is a leader at supporting strategic planning, systems integration and outsourcing across the board.”
Accenture worked with Olympus to analyze the opportunity available from launching a new online service, and then set about designing and creating the right cloud operating model. Having established the cloud operating model, Accenture then helped Olympus develop the services, which runs on a public cloud, using our Web development architecture solution called Accenture Extendable Custom Architecture.
Accenture’s cloud computing knowledge and experience extends across public and private cloud computing. Olympus opted to use Amazon’s public cloud services leveraging the Accenture team’s familiarity and experience in all the relevant tools to build, operate and maintain the service including:
Using the public cloud environment on which the www.ibonthenet.com service runs delivered a five-fold decrease in system integration and development costs. By using cloud computing to operate the service Olympus can use precisely the amount of computing power it needs and can easily increase this as service demands grow. The hardware costs associated with a cloud solution are also much lower and deliver further cost savings directly to Olympus.
The initial service launched in the Japan and US markets in early November 2010, with a global service launch targeted for the future. The service is available at www.ibonthenet.com and delivers users a comprehensive package with which to manage all their digital photography needs, helping to deepen and enrich consumers’ relationships with the Olympus brand and ensuring that Olympus stays at the forefront of the digital photography market.