App-connected devices are becoming a standard way of life. We have gone so much further than just being able to track our steps. Now we can open our garage, control our sprinklers, and feed our pets, all with an app on our phones. Companies are continuing to innovate and produce more app-connected devices, and the consumers can't get enough. We are now seeing businesses also adopt IoT devices and utilize them to gain greater insight into their network, customers and business processes.
As adoption of IoT technology reaches the mass population, the opportunity for businesses to capitalize on it expands. Accenture definitely sees the benefits in this growing market and has acquired Intrepid, a mobile design and development firm. Through this acquisition, Accenture is going to be able to expand its capabilities to help organizations create mobile experiences for customers at speed and at scale.
Intrepid already has a proven record of creating new applications for IoT devices. They have created over 100 mobile applications for some big name companies, including Proctor & Gamble and Saucony. They take pride in their IoT expertise, intuitive design for users, automated testing and Design Sprint methodology.
The Intrepid team of 150, who are now part of Accenture Digital, will focus on the development of digital services and solutions, using agile tools in a collaborative environment where clients can work side by side with Accenture designers, engineers, and mobile experts. Intrepid expands Accenture’s capabilities in design, native app development, connected device engineering and web development in North America, strengthening its ability to help clients take the lead in an era where connected experience is the new battleground, the company says.
This acquisition is just another among the list of companies Accenture has acquired lately. Earlier this year they announced they had planned for $1 billion in acquisitions. Just this month the company has acquired SolutionsIQ and Salesforce partner Phase One.