Accenture Ranked #1 in Google Artificial Intelligence Services, According to HFS Research

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been ranked number one in the HFS
Research Top Ten Report for Google AI Services 2019
, which assessed
and rated the Google artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities of
service providers across execution, innovation and client feedback
criteria.

The report highlights the Accenture
Google Cloud Business Group
as a key differentiator, demonstrating
that AI is a key strategic priority as well as a “powerful springboard
from which to drive a cohesive AI strategy and manage client demands for
Google technologies.”

“Accenture committed and invested in its relationship with Google early
on, which shows they have skin in the game in terms of making Google’s
technology relevant to enterprise clients,” said Reetika Fleming,
research director, HFS Research. “Accenture’s strong ability to scale in
the enterprise will help organizations realize the full potential of
Google AI.”

Of the 14 providers assessed, Accenture ranked number one across the
following categories: scale, delivery of value, focus on business
outcomes and process transformation, and enterprise client feedback.
Specific Accenture strengths highlighted in the report include:

  • Accenture Google Cloud Business Group. In 2018, Accenture and
    Google deepened their longstanding alliance and established a joint
    Accenture Google Cloud Business Group, a central hub that unifies the
    strengths and resources of both alliance partners to coordinate joint
    AI innovation, with a focus on optimizing AI offerings for a cloud
    environment.
  • Accenture and Google’s joint mission to solve for scalability in AI
    deployments.
    Accenture and Google are committed to democratize and
    scale for their clients, having a “starting small but thinking big”
    philosophy. Accenture and Google also place strong emphasis on the
    solutions they co-develop being “highly industry relevant.” This
    specificity helps ensure the solutions are scalable by adapting them
    to each sector.
  • Reshaping Google technologies for B2B use cases. Accenture is
    adept at leveraging Google’s technical strengths around AI, data, and
    analytics in the consumer/retail domain and using its own client
    domain knowledge and consulting pedigree to help make these
    capabilities suited to enterprise, B2B environments. Accenture’s
    clients are further supported in their adoption of Google technologies
    by Accenture’s Intelligent Enterprises and Applied Intelligence
    framework.

“Accenture continues to invest in the skills and capabilities to help
our enterprise clients apply new technologies that accelerate innovation
to help achieve business outcomes. Our strong Google AI capabilities are
a great example of this commitment,” said Brian Mckillips, managing
director, Accenture Google Cloud Business Group. “Being ranked as the
number one Google AI services provider demonstrates our ability to help
our clients across industries embrace and scale Google AI
technologies. It’s a tremendous recognition of our deep technology and
industry experience.”

Dr. Athina Kanioura, chief analytics officer and global lead for Accenture
Applied Intelligence
, added, ”Accenture’s industry and data science
knowledge, and Google Cloud’s AI and ML capabilities make for a
compelling combination. We’re already using it to help power a number of
outcome-driven enterprise solutions— from multi-channel customer
interactions and improved data management, to hyper-personalization in
marketing, sales and services.”

Accenture has more than 2,600 Google Cloud practitioners and has
delivered more than 21,000 cloud transformations in nearly every
industry. The company has been innovating in cloud and AI technology for
more than a decade and holds more than 650 granted patents and pending
applications across its global AI portfolio, and more than 300 granted
patents and pending applications across its global cloud portfolio.

For more information on the Accenture Google Cloud Business Group, visit https://www.accenture.com/us-en/service-accenture-google-business-group.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a
broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital,
technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and
specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business
functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network —
Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help
clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their
stakeholders. With 477,000 people serving clients in more than 120
countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world
works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Contacts

Hannah Unkefer
Accenture
+1 206 839 2172
hannah.m.unkefer@accenture.com

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