Telstra and SAP Sign Alliance to Deliver with Accenture, SAP Solutions from Telstra’s Cloud

SydneyTelstra and SAP Australia today announced the expansion of their partnership by formalising an alliance to enable Telstra to deliver with Accenture, a suite of hosted solutions to enterprise and government customers across Australia.

Telstra will provide SAP licensing, network, compute and storage infrastructure, while Accenture will manage system integration, migration, SAP application maintenance and help desk services.

The three companies have developed and optimised a range of locally hosted SAP solutions that can be delivered to Telstra customers out of its cloud infrastructure. The alliance will allow customers access to expanded capability, deployed more rapidly and delivered through a single, integrated, end-to-end service model from a secure and scalable cloud environment.

Enterprises and government agencies that want to achieve business agility and cost management through the cloud, will be able to migrate their existing on-premise SAP environments to Telstra or build new SAP systems into a fully managed private cloud. State of the art mobility and analytics functionality are being jointly developed through this alliance as part of the solution roadmap.

Security is assured with these new SAP applications leveraging Telstra’s significant network investments in secure intelligent networks and its owned and managed data centres, data processing and data storage capability. Hosted locally, across multiple geographically diverse centres, Telstra’s network meets stringent government standards, including Telstra’s recent ISO27001 accreditation and 24/7 network, security and operations monitoring.

Mark Pratley, General Manager Cloud Services, Telstra Enterprise & Government, noted that the partnership was part of Telstra’s $800m investment in cloud services.

“These new solutions will provide the ability for customers to move SAP into the cloud in a simpler, secure and scalable manner from a single, reliable source. Both Telstra and Accenture will continue to innovate and develop more hosted SAP solutions that will significantly reduce the cost of ownership and a new way to deliver business applications.”

Jeremy Goddard, Head of Business Solutions and Cloud, SAP Australia and New Zealand said, “SAP’s cloud strategy is fundamentally centered around helping companies of all sizes to effectively leverage cloud computing according to their needs. This agreement with Telstra will provide customers with the options they need when choosing to move to a cloud environment by delivering flexible cloud offerings.”

Glenn Heppell, Accenture Go-To-Market Alliance Lead said, “This announcement builds on the existing relationships between Accenture, SAP and Telstra, and further demonstrates the value we can provide to the Australian market by leveraging the strengths of all three organisations.”

SAP recently certified Telstra’s cloud infrastructure (September 2011), enabling organisations that want to run their SAP applications out of Telstra’s cloud to do so. Today’s announcement extends this choice and expands and enhances capability open to Telstra customers.

About Telstra
Telstra provides network services and solutions to more than 200 of the world’s top 500 companies. These organisations rely on Telstra to do business across 240 countries and territories and to enable greater productivity, efficiency and growth. Telstra solutions offer the best of all worlds – skilled people and a rich portfolio of services delivered on our world-class Telstra Next IP™ network and Next G™ network. To ensure reliable performance, they’re monitored and maintained from our dedicated centres using advanced management and operational systems. Telstra customers enjoy Enterprise-grade Customer Service™ and one of Australia’s largest and most qualified field and technical workforce. Visit www.telstra.com/cloud for more information about Telstra Connected Clouds.

About SAP
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 176,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com. Follow SAP Australia on Twitter at @sapanz

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 246,000 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$25.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

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