August 31, 2015
Accenture Named “Undisputed Number One” in Innovation in HfS Report on Application Testing Services
NEW YORK; Aug. 31, 2015 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been positioned in the ‘Winner’s Circle’ in the inaugural HfS Blueprint Report: Application Testing Services 2015 for its excellence in both innovation and execution and was singled out by HfS Research as “the undisputed number one” in testing innovation.
In the report, Accenture received high scores in innovation and execution based on its strong narrative around the ability to deliver value beyond cost, a vision for competitive differentiation, integration of new technologies and alliances model. The report notes that Accenture is focused on business transformation and evolving towards predictive analytics, underpinned by significant R&D in machine learning and cognitive computing, coverage of the emerging digital spectrum and deep vertical and industrialization capabilities.
“Accenture’s investments in innovation are aligned with [the] organization’s journey into the As-a-Service Economy.” said Tom Reuner, Managing Director at HfS Research. “By underpinning industrialization with domain-specific assets, including process models, industry-specific test cases, and industry-focused testing solution factories, the company is accelerating time to value. Assets in Intelligent Automation are providing the building blocks to scale out its testing capabilities.”
Accenture strengths consist of:
  • Balance of strong transformational and industrialization capabilities: Accenture was recognized by clients for providing strong leadership in testing in support of transforming processes and applications. These capabilities are underpinned by industrialized assets allowing for efficiency and cost control.
  • Deep vertical capabilities underpin expansive process know-how: Accenture provides industry- and technology-aligned solution factories enabling assembly line-like production.
  • Significant R&D in machine learning and cognitive computing: Accenture’s vision is to evolve more predictive and intelligent testing approaches based on analytics and coverage of the emerging digital spectrum.
  • Strength around the SAP ecosystem: Differentiation comes from the deep alliance with SAP and its investment in intelligent tools.
“The digital world runs on software,” said Kishore Durg, managing director and global testing lead for Accenture. “Applications are now a driver of business strategy, and that makes testing critically important. Applications must be high quality to seamlessly serve customers and protect one’s brand, while evolving at a rapid pace in a highly interconnected world. Accenture’s designation as a market leader in this HfS report is a validation of our years of investment in application testing and a testament to our performance for clients. We are proud to be recognized for our pioneering testing innovations and excellent execution, and will continue to set the pace in the growing testing services market.”
The findings of the HfS Blueprint report were based on relevant differentials between service providers across numerous facets in the categories of innovation and execution. The report assessed 20 different service providers related to the application testing service market globally. Service providers evaluated were required to cover the full spectrum of application deployment platforms from mobile to cloud and legacy applications, demonstrate support of application testing from cradle to grave as well as support integration into lifecycle management. Input was compiled from a broad range of stakeholders, including enterprise service buyers, service providers, industry influencers, HfS Sourcing Executive Council Members, and HfS analysts. 
An excerpt of the HfS Blueprint Report: Application Testing Services 2015 can be found here.
About HfS Research
HfS Research is the leading independent analyst authority and community for the global business services and outsourcing industry. HfS serves the research, governance and strategy needs of business operations and IT leaders across finance, supply chain, human resources, marketing, and core industry functions. The firm provides insightful and meaningful analyst coverage of the best business practices and innovations that impact successful business outcomes, namely talent development, process automation and outsourcing, global business services frameworks, mobility, analytics and social collaboration. HfS applies its acclaimed crowdsourced Blueprint MethodologyTM to evaluate the performance of service providers in terms of innovating and then executing against those business outcomes. Its home page is

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 336,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$30.0 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2014. Its home page is
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