1 Accenture Cloud Platform Unlocks Agility and Control
2 2 Accenture Cloud Platform Unlocks Agility and Control The Accenture Cloud Platform is at the heart of today s leading-edge, enterprise cloud solutions. As a managed service, the platform provides the power and flexibility to manage your workloads simply and securely across both private and public clouds on demand, at speed, from a single point. With the Accenture Cloud Platform, you can achieve a new level of control, scalability and security that will help you unlock agility and competitiveness, and drive higher performance and growth. Centralized Dashboard
3 Accenture Cloud Platform Unlocks Agility and Control 3 Unlocks agility and growth The era of the enterprise hybrid cloud is here and it s real Cloud-based, scalable, pay-as-you-go consumption of IT infrastructure services is now essential to delivering the business capabilities required by a digital enterprise. Companies are considering how they can get the most out of public and private clouds. They are under pressure to slim down bloated legacy environments and shift CAPEX to OPEX by moving towards consumption-based models via enterprisewide cloud deployments. Yet while the pull of cloud is compelling, companies are often held back by perceived migration risk and the uncertainty about managing their legacy applications and infrastructure services in the cloud. Chief information officers (CIOs) want to preserve application portability and avoid lock-in with a specific cloud vendor. They also need to be sure the proper security procedures and standards are being applied consistently across all cloud resources. And it all needs to be auditable something extremely difficult without a centralized service. Accelerating cloud adoption with the assurance and governance you expect from Accenture The Accenture Cloud Platform can help you navigate and orchestrate the complex hybrid cloud landscape simply and confidently. The Accenture Cloud Platform is a vendorneutral managed service that provides rapid access to both private and public cloud services while maintaining effective control and oversight. A key enabler for making the journey to hybrid cloud, the Accenture Cloud Platform supports private and public cloud technologies from a broad range of leading global providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Windows Azure, NTT Communications and Verizon Cloud. It also supports Cisco InterCloud in Accenture Private Cloud. The platform s centralized dashboard and management control plane brokers, orchestrates, manages and governs enterprise cloud solutions. It gives you the power and flexibility to manage workloads securely and effectively across both private and public clouds on demand, at speed, from a single point. The Accenture Cloud Platform can help you stay competitive by getting the benefits of instant access to new service introductions and innovations from cloud vendors. You can gain an integrated, common view of everything running on all platforms while not being locked in to any one vendor. The robust capabilities of the Accenture Cloud Platform can help you capitalize on the flexibility and agility of cloud, while enterprisegrade governance, security and control provide the peace of mind of traditional infrastructure. Goal! Accenture delivers a cloud-based sports app for BT Telecom company BT was launching its mobile sports app, BT Sport. It had acquired the rights to Premier League football games and needed to develop the service rapidly. Accenture integrated all the required capabilities, including digital services, mobility and cloud, and worked with BT to deliver BT Sport successfully and on time. With the Accenture Cloud Platform, Accenture provided a fully managed service for deploying and managing cloud infrastructure on-demand, together with an integrated authentication solution. BT Sport can scale capacity and services up and down within minutes in line with the audience size during football matches.
4 4 Accenture Cloud Platform Unlocks Agility and Control What the Accenture Cloud Platform delivers Accenture Cloud Platform Integration with pre-approved public and private cloud providers and solutions People Process Technology Existing Cloud Partners Public cloud Cloud Management Services Multi-Hybrid Cloud Management; Governance; Application Programming Interface (APIs) Orchestration and Automation Cloud Management Platform Private cloud Integrate via Accenture Cloud Platform for APIs Support Services People Process Technology
5 Accenture Cloud Platform Unlocks Agility and Control 5 Accenture Cloud Platform provides robust cloud management capabilities that set us apart from the competition Managed services model Cloud management is delivered as a consumption-based service to enterprises via a fully automated, self-service model. This provides flexibility in composing the set of management tools that are appropriate for your needs. Supports private and public platforms The platform enables the management of on-premise private cloud solutions built on Open Stack, VMware vcloud Suite and others. Easy integration allows you to order services across providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Windows Azure, NTT Communications and Accenture Private Cloud. Your cloud, your way The platform s discovery engine and an exposed application programming interface allow you to access services either through the Accenture Cloud Platform portal, through applications directly, or through the native cloud provider console. As a service model, this provides flexible integration options and helps you to leverage new service introductions and innovations from cloud vendors immediately, helping improve speed to value. Application and platform blueprinting The Accenture Cloud Platform contains the key information needed to effectively build and deploy applications in the cloud including server, software, storage, network, images and firewall details. The platform s automated, self-service blueprints enable multiple cloud services to be bundled, provisioned and deployed from a single point of control across providers. Strong security and reduced compliance risk The Accenture Cloud Platform offers fully automated, self-serve and managed security services such as patching, back-up and monitoring. It also provides the ability to set policies for networks, machine sizes and images with full integration to an enterprise directory to ensure authorized, role-based access. Control you need with the enterpriselevel governance you expect A single multi-cloud dashboard provides central monitoring of service usage and delivery across multiple services and private and public clouds. As a one-stop shop to request and provision pre-approved cloud services, the platform also provides policy management and approval workflow control, along with a suite of billing, chargeback and cost analytics. This access helps make enterprise management and scaling of cloud services easier. Upgrading quickly and cost effectively with the Accenture Cloud Platform A general insurer was upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 8 and needed a secure server environment to analyze the compatibility of their desktop applications. With Accenture hosting the environment on the cloud, Accenture and the insurer collaborated to quickly and cost effectively set up the new server and install the database and software. The insurer was able to avoid the complications and delays that could have resulted if they had hosted their own server. Where traditional internal hosting would have taken months to set up, the Accenture Cloud Platform team was able to set up the cloud environment within two days. Additionally, the setup of the servers took only a few hours.
6 6 Accenture Cloud Platform Unlocks Agility and Control Accelerating enterprise adoption of the hybrid cloud Migrating to the cloud Discovery Network International (DNI) engaged Accenture to migrate its entire application portfolio to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform. Accenture managed the migration, AWS environment configuration and production deployments all based upon Accenture s proposed cloud architecture blueprint for DNI. Moving to a cloud-based architecture has delivered several key benefits to DNI, including: Seventy-three percent reduction in monthly operational hosting bill The ability to add services and implement changes to architecture in hours or days rather than weeks Elimination of planned capital expenditure on infrastructure Overall, DNI now has a flexible, scalable and agile infrastructure that will continue to meet its needs cost effectively as the company expands its online content and services. Many enterprise clients have had to back into the cloud from a variety of legacy IT systems rather than having the luxury of a system built for the cloud from inception. The Accenture Cloud Platform, which has evolved dramatically over the past year, provides the brokerage and integration services that enterprises need in order to orchestrate the acquisition and deployment of cloud services across a variety of hybrid cloud options, helping them keep pace with the ever-increasing complexity of their cloud environments. Charles Sutherland Executive Vice President of Research, HfS Research Source: HfS Report: Accenture Combines Mobility and Analytics to Transform Retail as it Hits the Digital Start Button. June 2014
7 Accenture Cloud Platform Unlocks Agility and Control 7 Why Accenture? Accenture combines advanced technology capabilities and solutions with deep business process experience and relevant, specialized industry knowledge. As one of the world s leading providers of cloud solutions and services, Accenture has extensive consulting, implementation and managed services experience across private, public and hybrid cloud environments. The Accenture Cloud Platform is already in use on more than 750 projects, helping our clients integrate and manage their hybrid cloud environments that span multiple cloud vendor platforms. We have more than 12,000 virtual machines under management. We are a leading provider of cloud solutions. We have approximately 8,000 cloud projects completed or in process, including work with nearly 75 percent of the Fortune Global 100. We have more than 14,000 professionals trained in cloud. Unlike providers that are focused on technology alone or who lock companies into a particular platform, Accenture combines a flexible, vendor-agnostic approach and an in-depth solution portfolio founded on our industry and business domain experience. This flexibility allows us to design and implement solutions suitable for you and your business needs. The Accenture Cloud Platform has a data center and provider presence on six continents, including key locations for product development and delivery excellence within our Global Delivery Network. Accenture is consistently recognized for our technology and cloud leadership position by leading independent analyst firms and software alliance partners.
8 About Accenture Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 305,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$30.0 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, Its home page is To learn more how Accenture Cloud Platform can help your organization unlock agility and control, please contact: Michael Liebow Global Managing Director Accenture Cloud Platform Copyright 2014 Accenture All rights reserved. Accenture, its logo, and High Performance Delivered are trademarks of Accenture. This document makes descriptive reference to trademarks that may be owned by others. The use of such trademarks herein is not an assertion of ownership of such trademarks by Accenture and is not intended to represent or imply the existence of an association between Accenture and the lawful owners of such trademarks. Information regarding third-party products, services and organizations was obtained from publicly available sources, and Accenture cannot confirm the accuracy or reliability of such sources or information. Its inclusion does not imply an endorsement by or of any third party. The views and opinions in this article should not be viewed as professional advice with respect to your business.