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October 29, 2018
Hit your digital transformation target with a cloud management platform
By: Michael Liebow

Accenture Cloud Platform recognized on Constellation Shortlist for Digital Transformation Target PlatformsQ1 2019

It used to be that “digital disruption” referred to new entrants upending incumbents to re-write the competitive rules. But today, as we come in the new era of digital disruption, incumbent companies are moving away from using the cloud purely for surface-level efficiency plays to driving true transformation, especially at the front end of their business. Businesses now create true business gain through new revenue streams, products and services, and business models with cloud.

In fact, according to Constellation Research, the Silicon Valley-based strategic advisory and futurist analyst firm, a top priority for CXOs today is modernizing and transforming their market-facing digital capabilities. This means companies increasingly look to the cloud to do much more than help them reduce their IT costs. And as they ask for more from the cloud, their cloud presence will become larger, more complex, and more difficult to manage.

Digital transformation platforms play a vital role on the cloud journey

According to Constellation Research, platforms such as Accenture Cloud Platform (ACP)—which Constellation calls “digital transformation target platforms”—are becoming crucial for companies looking to use the cloud to create change. Executives should consider how a robust cloud management platform can provide the critical capabilities that can help companies speed up their transformation into a cloud-first, truly digital business—one that will unleash some disruption of its own.

Businesses increasingly see #cloud platforms as the best way to hit the #DigitalTransformation target

 
 
 

Digital transformation target platforms:

  • Serve as a solid foundation for companies that are reorganizing around strategic new digital products and services.

  • Provide established public cloud primary technologies—including IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS—and secondary higher-order cloud services, such as e-commerce, subscriptions, and open APIs that provide vital support for digital business models.

  • Include capabilities, such as industry accelerators, digital business reference models/blueprints, low code support, business models-in-a-box, design thinking, and migration tools and services, which are key to enabling digital transformation from a combined technology and business viewpoint.

The Constellation Shortlist for Digital Transformation Target Platforms™ lists Accenture Cloud Platform as meeting all the criteria that companies should look for when thinking about using a platform. Out of the more than 30 platforms assessed, Accenture Cloud Platform is one of those that rose to the top as it provides all the foundational capabilities a company needs to use the cloud today to drive enterprise and digital transformation and capitalize on innovation.

ACP incorporates many of the key technologies likely to fuel business growth over the next five to 10 years, such as next-generation mobility, advanced analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), cognitive technologies, blockchain, APIs/microservices, and natural language interfaces. And, importantly, it can support the largest, most complex global companies, giving them a single scalable, secure, and compliant solution they can use anywhere in the world.

Accenture helps fuel the cloud transformation journey

Accenture is recognized as a key ecosystem partner for SAP, Oracle, Salesforce, Microsoft, Workday, AWS, Google, ServiceNow, and Pega—and has been working in the cloud for more than a decade. Our "digital transformation target platform", ACP, enables organizations to manage their public and private enterprise cloud resources from a centralized control plane. Delivered as-a-Service, ACP integrates with technology from the leading cloud providers to help companies improve their operations, maintain security, control costs, and ensure governance across their expanding cloud estates.

ACP reflects Accenture’s ongoing commitment over more than a decade to building groundbreaking platforms and managed services that future-proof our clients’ investment in cloud. In fact, Accenture holds more than 200 granted patents and pending applications across its global cloud portfolio. The latest of these is for ACP’s new analytics-based, multi-cloud tagging capabilities, which enable a company to tag assets throughout its entire environment, regardless of which or how many cloud providers it uses. In turn, the company can gain visibility into who’s using which cloud assets, know how they are being used, and why. Such visibility is crucial for effectively managing total cloud spend, as well as deploying standard policies and controls across these assets.

Learn more about Accenture Cloud services and partners and the Accenture Cloud Platform and how one company used it to build real-time operations.

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