Accenture opens first Liquid Studio in Africa

Liquid Studio in AfricaBy TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – ACCENTURE, the global professional services company, has launched a Liquid Studio in Johannesburg as part of the company’s accelerated investment in innovation in South Africa.
At the Liquid Studio, clients will work alongside Accenture professionals to quickly turn ideas into innovative applications and solutions.
The studio is the first of several new Accenture initiatives in South Africa which include expanded investments in training, hiring and strategic relationships in an effort to drive innovation locally.
“Business cycle times are shrinking and competitive barriers are disappearing making speed to market critical in the digital world. The Liquid Studio will help deliver innovative solutions to businesses with speed and agility,” said Rory Moore, Innovation lead for Accenture in South Africa.
“The next wave of South African growth and competitiveness will come from continuous innovation, and I am proud that we are working closely with our clients to fuel innovation and solve critical business problems at speed and scale.”
The Liquid Studio in will collaborate with similar facilities in Sydney, Singapore, Silicon Valley, Paris, Milan, London, Kronberg and other locations.
It will also work together with Accenture Labs, where Accenture incubates and prototypes new concepts through applied R&D projects.
Liquid Studios are an integral part of the Accenture Innovation Architecture, which brings together capabilities – from research, ventures and labs to studios, innovation centres and delivery centres – to develop and deliver disruptive innovations for clients, and to scale them faster.
Willie Schoeman, managing director for Accenture Technology South Africa, said through immersive workshops, organisations would receive tangible, hands-on experience of how their business can benefit from the most disruptive technologies.
“By leveraging agile teams, a start-up culture and multi-speed, microservice and cloud-based architectures, organisation will see more value quickly and lead in the new digital world,” Schoeman said.

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