VMware and Accenture join up to push cloud migration

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They are forming a new business group to focus on accelerating migration to the cloud.

Accenture and VMware this week announced that they’re expanding their partnership to launch a new business group focused on accelerating migration to the cloud. The group will also focus on modernizing applications, as well as using the cloud as a foundation for new business models.

The two companies will fund the new project, called Accenture VMware Business Group, with a multimillion-dollar investment. The group will also employ a team of professionals with expertise in hybrid cloud and cloud migrations. Some will also be expert in cloud-native development, application modernization and security.

It will be supported by approximately 2,000 Accenture cloud professionals trained in VMware products and services, the companies said. The group is part of Accenture Cloud First, which the professional services company launched last year with a $3 billion investment.

Helping customers master change through cloud migration

VMware announced the new business group in a blog post this week. “The Accenture VMware Business Group will invest in joint go-to-market and sales operations,” they announced. The group will also concentrate on the training of more Accenture practitioners in VMware technologies and the development of new service offerings, assets and accelerators, they said.

“Cloud is the single most powerful tool for mastering change,” said Julie Sweet, chief executive officer, Accenture. “As organizations accelerate their move to the cloud and edge over the next few years, the Accenture VMware Business Group will help deliver the speed, scale and security they need to fundamentally reinvent their businesses and create more value.”

The two companies will also develop pre-engineered vertical industry solutions, including a platform to help telecommunications companies accelerate the rollout of 5G and edge computing services, according to the blog.

Building a “cloud migration factory”

“To meet the demands of today’s unprecedented business environment, organizations must employ a multi-cloud strategy – more rapidly than ever before,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware.

The Accenture VMware Business Group will launch a specialized VMware Cloud Migration Factory, the companies announced. This facility will provide a controlled environment for planning, testing, migrating and modernizing applications to public, private and/or hybrid clouds, they said.

Accenture is one of VMware’s largest global go-to-market partners. For its part, VMware is a trusted partner of Accenture’s global IT organization.