Accenture Digital Transformation Initiatives

About the Customer

Accenture is a 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 more than 450,000 people serving clients in over 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

Scope and Challenges

To handle hyperscale growth and support new business opportunities, Accenture migrated its finance and HR system to SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. It also migrated SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA to Microsoft Azure and added the SAP HANA platform as a data mart to implement real-time analytics use cases. As Accenture transforms into a digital and more diverse enterprise, both business and IT will contend with a faster pace of change, growth at hyper-scale, and larger volumes of data. 

Furthermore, Accenture put its database on Autonomous mode by selecting Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse.

"And I think if you look at the Autonomous Database and autonomous capabilities, that's the way we really see it is this is great technology, it's more humanlike technology, that allows us, as people, whether you're a consumer, whether you're a worker, whether you're a data expert in a firm -- it's tools to do more, to deliver more value, work more effectively, more job satisfaction, and deliver more value." -said  Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

Outcome and Implications

Proactively mapped out a multistep, multiyear journey instead of waiting until the business required a more robust enterprise resource planning solution. Accenture  Successfully migrated the enterprise database to SAP HANA in six months; this was among the first, large-scale, live systems in terms of database size, users, and transactions

Accenture Figured out how to operate SAP HANA to support its business, ensuring high availability and making sure backups, disaster recovery, and other processes work properly. SAP HANA delivered powerful analytics on real-time transactional data versus extracts and monthly roll-ups to users

The migration to SAP S/4HANA is the biggest change to Accenture’s IT landscape in almost 15 years. But most importantly, it will allow Accenture to run Accenture’s business in a more digital, agile and secure way than ever before, and provides an enhanced ability to support evolving, diverse businesses, enables an intelligent, real-time finance capability, and puts us on a flexible platform for the future. 

Going forward, Accenture will continue to evaluate business needs and leverage SAP S/4HANA functionalities to drive further value to the business, including enhancing intelligent, real-time digital financial reporting, insights and analytics and gaining the ability to leverage future SAP capabilities.


"Running Oracle workloads in the Oracle Cloud generates something like a 9x performance improvement. When our teams got their hands on the Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud, we didn't know exactly what would happen. But we were pleasantly surprised to see a 1.5x acceleration of even that, so overall about a 14x performance acceleration versus what you would see in other cloud environments running these workloads." -said  Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

“Accenture views its migration to SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA and SAP Business Warehouse to Microsoft Azure and adding SAP HANA as a data mart, as huge steps forward in preparing for the future and being key to delivering business value. The combination of speed, agility, and analytics insight is needed to support our projected growth and performance in a diverse range of businesses in a more complex and volatile environment.” -said Daniel Kirner, Managing Director of IT at Accenture Plc

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