June 05, 2018

Accenture Transforms Its Financial Application Architecture, Creating an Intelligent Platform Based on SAP S/4HANA


ORLANDO, Fla.; June 5, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has transformed its financial application architecture with the implementation of SAP S/4HANA®, and amplified analytics with SAP® BW on HANA powered by Microsoft Azure. This solution will help Accenture finance and business leaders support its evolving, diverse businesses, enable intelligent, real-time financial reporting and analytics and employ leading-edge SAP capabilities to support business growth.

Accenture is among the first companies of its size and scale to migrate to SAP S/4HANA, with a single global instance in use for employees across more than 100 countries.

“Our new financial architecture based on SAP S/4HANA has laid the foundation to rotate our finance capability to the New. We have enhanced digital financial reporting and added analytics capabilities never before available,” said David Rowland, Accenture’s chief financial officer. “As we progress on our journey, we expect to derive additional benefits from these insights and analytics, as well as the ability to leverage future SAP capabilities.”

The new system integrates with 360 downstream systems to support end-to-end business processes and enable advanced analytics. This functionality supports intelligent, real-time finance reporting for more immediate business insights and better decision-making. Extensive automated testing was conducted to validate against requirements and service level agreements, confirming that Accenture could continue to operate its business with integrity.

“Accenture has become a more diverse business and it’s essential that we operate with more insight, agility, efficiency and compliance across multiple business units and business processes,” added Andrew Wilson, Accenture’s chief information officer. “To contend with a faster pace of change, growth and diverse businesses, we’ve used SAP S/4HANA as the foundation for a digital, intelligent platform. This will transform the technical architecture supporting our finance, analytics and other business operations, giving us the agility and flexibility that drives business outcomes.”

Using Accenture’s robust agile delivery methodology, the cutover plan for solution implementation was executed to a 99.95 percent precision rate without impacting Accenture’s business. The learnings from this initiative also helped Accenture in the development of the recently launched Accenture Intelligent Enterprise Platform (AIEP), an insight-driven, digitally integrated platform that powers enterprise transformation from business case to roadmap to delivery.

“As business models change at a rapid pace, companies must adapt with technologies and processes that are agile and efficient. Accenture is seizing the opportunities that come with transforming a global organization on a new digital core,” said Jennifer Morgan, SAP executive board member. “Using SAP S/4HANA to build an intelligent platform, Accenture is well positioned to serve its wide-ranging business needs and prepare for future growth.”

Accenture is speaking about this initiative at SAPPHIRE® NOW, held June 5-7 in Orlando, Florida. More information can also be found here.

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