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Accenture Forms VMware Cloud Solutions Business Unit

Accenture has formed a VMware-focused business group to focus on hybrid cloud and cloud migrations, the global IT consulting firm says. The group spans roughly 2,000 Accenture cloud professionals trained in VMware products and services, and will be part of Accenture Cloud First initiative.

The Accenture VMware Business Group, according to a statement, will:

  • Invest in joint go-to-market and sales operations;
  • train more Accenture practitioners in VMware technologies and the development of new service offerings, assets and accelerators, all underpinned by VMware technologies; and
  • develop pre-engineered vertical industry solutions, including a platform to help telecommunications companies accelerate the rollout of 5G and edge computing services.

In addition, the new business group will launch a specialized VMware Cloud Migration Factory to help customers migrate computing workloads to the cloud using highly automated processes.

The VMware focus is one piece in Accenture's larger Cloud First initiative -- which spans 70,000 Accenture employees. The group’s expertise spans cloud migration, infrastructure and application services.

Accenture VMware Business Group: Adopting a 'Cloud First' Strategy

Julie Sweet, chief executive officer, Accenture
Julie Sweet, chief executive officer, Accenture

The Accenture and VMware Business Group partnership will help organizations adopt a ‘cloud first’ strategy, according to the statement. By accelerating migration to the cloud, building modern apps more rapidly and using the cloud as a foundation for innovation and new business models, the two companies said they will ultimately help customers realize greater value.

“Cloud is the single most powerful tool for mastering change,” said Julie Sweet, chief executive officer, Accenture. “As organizations accelerate their move to the cloud and edge over the next few years, the Accenture VMware Business Group will help deliver the speed, scale and security they need to fundamentally reinvent their businesses and create more value.”

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, offered this statement:

“To meet the demands of today’s unprecedented business environment, organizations must employ a multi-cloud strategy — more rapidly than ever before. Increasingly, customers are running their applications on one or more clouds, data centers and the edge and the Accenture VMware Business Group will bring together the world-class teams and expertise required, with the speed, agility and resilience that organizations demand, today and tomorrow.”

Gelsinger is in the process of joining Intel as CEO. Zane Rowe, VMware’s chief financial officer, has been appointed Interim CEO.