Accenture announced that its strategic joint business group with Amazon Web Services, Inc. is renewed (AWS). Accenture and AWS will make an extra joint investment for the next five years to help customers encourage innovation on the Cloud Continuum and boost business value at scale by providing solutions through the Accenture AWS Business Group, building on a 13-year relationship (AABG).

Following thousands of cloud projects, the extending AABG relationship announced will assist organisations in dealing with the technology, human, and business dimensions of cloud transformation at scale with greater speed and certainty. Accenture’s investment in AWS provides timely resources for Accenture Cloud First, a multi-service group that provides the full stack of cloud services designed specially to assist clients in becoming cloud-first businesses, letting them to fast-track their digital transformation, innovate faster, and create differentiated, sustainable value.

Accenture will build a series of new accelerators over the next five years to solve the most difficult challenges in cloud migrations, with the goal of enabling AWS innovations to be adopted up to 50% faster. Accenture will also continue to invest in data-driven solutions for talent development and organisational change as part of this investment, which are critical and frequently cited as a key barrier to realising cloud value.

The extended strategic relationship will assist clients in achieving industry differentiation by leveraging the unrivalled AABG joint portfolio of 175 assets and 20,000 cloud specialists with 24,000 AWS certifications, placing Accenture among the world’s top systems integrators with extensive AWS resources. Accenture and AWS have co-created nearly 40 solutions for 16 industries with proven use-case relevance to date in order to jumpstart client value.

Organizations should implement change under extreme time constraints in today’s hyper-competitive age of compressed transformation. Generali Vitality, a division of one of the world’s largest insurance and asset management companies, needed to scale quickly to reach new clients. Working with Accenture and AWS to leverage cloud-native technology, Generali Vitality is now ready to deploy new features at the touch of a button in order to continuously improve their products and customer engagement level.

Simon Guest, CEO of Generali Vitality said, “We have successfully launched in multiple European markets and our user base is constantly growing. Part of this journey has been enabled by smart use of cloud native technology and Accenture’s outstanding software engineering capabilities.”

“We’ve learned through experience that our customers’ success often hinges on two key factors: speed and the ability to adopt new ways of working. Our investment to create reusable accelerators and mechanisms with Accenture is intended to make cloud transformation and change programs easier and more predictable — so customers can continuously innovate and lead their industries,” said Matt Garman, senior vice president of sales and marketing at AWS.  

“On the Cloud Continuum, breakthrough innovations will continue at a rapid pace. Harnessing those innovations for competitive advantage will require a commitment to permanent reinvention. Together, we’re investing with AWS to help companies prioritize and invest in people transformation as much as tech transformation, which yields an average of 60% higher cloud return on investment,” said Karthik Narain, global lead of Accenture Cloud First.