Accenture has opened its first Liquid Application Studio in Redwood City, CA, a new facility designed to help businesses dramatically accelerate application development by using contemporary architectures, reusable components, automation tools and leading software development methods.
Working at the studio, companies pair with Accenture software engineers to prototype and develop a wide range of custom applications using cloud infrastructure and platforms, rapid application development principles such as Agile and DevOps, intelligent automation, lightweight frameworks and plug-and-play, microservice-based architectures.
The studio’s mission is to deliver on Accenture’s Future of Applications vision today. It helps companies define and deliver applications which are liquid, intelligent and connected. Clients can also experiment with emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things and wearables that have the potential to transform their operations and customer experiences.
“In every industry, new competitive frontiers are being defined by software,” said Bhaskar Ghosh, group chief executive, Accenture Technology Services. “Business cycle times are shrinking and competitive barriers are disappearing. Speed to market is the new essence of software delivery in the digital world. The Liquid Application Studio can help deliver innovative solutions to businesses with speed and agility.”
The Accenture Liquid Application Studio is strategically located in Silicon Valley – the world’s innovation hub and epicenter of advances in software engineering. The studio works closely with the Accenture Labs in San Jose and the company’s Open Innovation program to take emerging technologies out of the lab and start up community and into development for large enterprises. Accenture is also recruiting for top technology talent locally.
Some of the studio’s initial work with ecosystem alliances includes developing a DevOps analytics dashboard with Splunk to help a large media and entertainment company identify inefficiencies in its software development processes. They are also developing use cases and prototypes for improving retail logistics with location services from Glympse, and helping hospitality companies improve guest experiences and venue operations by using VenueNext’s time and location based technology platform to deliver in-venue mobile ordering services and content.
The studio also offers modernization and migration services to help companies make legacy systems future ready for the digital world. And, it applies intelligent automation to testing and other phases of delivery, to help cut the cycle time from weeks or months down to days.
“Clients can come and work from this studio collaboratively with Accenture and use the power of Accenture and its alliances to create innovative solutions for their businesses,” said Ghosh. “The need for speed in business is real. It demands new mindsets and ways of working, which we expect to become more the rule than the exception going forward.”