March 03, 2014
New Accenture Innovation Center for SAP® Solutions Helps Clients More Rapidly Adopt and Benefit from the SAP HANA® Platform

Range of companies use new capabilities in Kronberg im Taunus, Germany, center to quickly develop proof-of-concept and pilot projects
KRONBERG I. TS., Germany; Mar. 3, 2014 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is supporting clients with new capabilities that will help allow businesses to quickly set up proof-of-concept and pilot projects on the SAP HANA® platform. The capabilities offered through the Accenture Innovation Center for SAP® Solutions in Kronberg im Taunus, Germany, help clients rapidly define and execute their road maps for taking advantage of the SAP HANA platform and the ecosystem around SAP HANA.
Specifically, the innovation center offers methodologies that allow clients to rapidly identify their technical and organizational requirements for applications based on SAP HANA. It also provides clients with insights into the latest developments for SAP HANA, including industry and functional solutions and use cases. Furthermore, the center works with clients on determining specific benefits that solutions based on SAP HANA can bring to their businesses, such as receiving and acting on analytics insights in real time.
A number of clients around the world have already successfully leveraged the capabilities and the services provided by the center. For example:
  • A global utilities company is successfully leveraging the innovation center’s capabilities to conduct a proof-of-concept for their implementation of SAP Business Suite software powered by SAP HANA.
  • An international financial services company successfully executed a pilot project for business warehouse (BW) reporting using SAP NetWeaver® BW powered by SAP HANA, resulting in the generation of financial reports 200 times faster than before.
  • The center successfully supported a business intelligence project on SAP HANA for a North American retailer.
“SAP HANA is a game changer because it enables businesses to run in real time,” said Christophe Mouille, global managing director of SAP business for Accenture. “The ability to transact, analyze and predict instantly and proactively in an increasingly unpredictable world enables entirely new business processes. We offer capabilities to our clients that help them take advantage of this disruptive technology and extract even greater value from their SAP solutions.”
One example of Accenture’s capabilities for SAP HANA being showcased in the Accenture Innovation Center is the Marketing Performance Solution by Accenture and SAP targeted at chief marketing officers. Recently, Accenture also launched the Accenture HR Audit and Compliance tool that will be delivered as a service on SAP HANA® Cloud Platform.
“SAP HANA has gained impressive momentum in the market,” said Dr. Alexander Zeier, global managing director of In-Memory Solutions at Accenture, who leads the new innovation center. “Many clients have familiarized themselves with the technology and are now moving to pilot it. We’re seeing significant interest in our center’s capabilities from across many vertical sectors – including financial services, utilities and retail companies. We’re currently developing road maps and solutions based on SAP HANA for clients in these and other industries.”
Located at Accenture’s German headquarters in Kronberg im Taunus, the center provides its capabilities to Accenture clients around the world through the global Accenture Innovation Center network. The center is headed by Dr. Alexander Zeier, a leading scientist in the field of in-memory computing. It is one of 12 Accenture Innovation Centers for SAP Solutions worldwide where professionals bring together valuable assets and technologies from both Accenture and SAP.
About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 281,000 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$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page is
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