Source: Business Cloud News
Huawei and Accenture have announced a strategic alliance that will see the two firms jointly develop cloud services for telcos and enterprise customers.
The companies plan to jointly develop cloud solutions – including business support systems (BSS) for telcos, and customer care solutions for enterprises – by leveraging Huawei’s deep experience with networking and IT hardware and Accenture’s consulting and systems integration experience.
Accenture will also work to integrate its infrastructure as a service platform with Huawei’s private cloud infrastructure, with a view towards developing integrated private cloud solutions for enterprise customers.
“In an era where the physical and digital worlds are increasingly converging, no enterprise is able to address all customer needs alone. Enterprises need to collaborate openly and integrate their resources and capabilities to help customers succeed,” said Eric Xu, chief executive officer of Huawei.
“Our collaboration with Accenture will further augment Huawei’s business in the enterprise ICT market, enabling us to build on our diverse product portfolio to offer our enterprise and carrier customers even more innovative software and services solutions that support them in boosting efficiency and driving revenue growth,” Xu said.
The companies will focus initially on developing solutions for clients in China, Southeast Asia, and other emerging markets.
“The combination of Accenture’s industry-aligned offerings and reputation for delivery excellence together with a new and enhanced set of offerings based on Huawei’s infrastructure and software products will enable us to better help clients achieve their business requirements with reduced costs, risks and time of implementation,” added Gianfranco Casati, group chief executive – growth markets at Accenture.
Accenture is the latest systems integrator to partner with Huawei, which views SIs as a critical avenue for enterprise penetration. Last month Infosys announced a partnership with the Chinese hardware manufacturer to jointly develop IT solutions that combine Huawei’s cloud infrastructure with service expertise from Infosys.
The two companies plan to build reference architectures and standardised solutions for big data platforms on Huawei hardware infrastructure, and explore setting up a joint lab in China to enable better delivery in all areas of the partnership.
Huawei is also working with a number of Chinese incumbent telcos to roll out cloud-based services to the country’s vast SMB base.