CRN Exclusive: Accenture And Pivotal Launch New Business Unit Around Cloud Foundry

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Accenture and Pivotal Software have teamed to create a new business group within the systems integration giant dedicated to modernizing enterprise applications with Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

Accenture will be working closely with Pivotal Labs, the San Francisco-based company's consulting arm, to train its application delivery professionals around agile, cloud-native software development using the popular Platform-as-a-Service.

The Accenture Pivotal Business Group will first take shape at Accenture centers in Columbus, Ohio, and New York, N.Y., while taking advantage of the company's global resources, including a large development force in India.

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Pivotal, owner of Cloud Foundry before the open source development platform was placed under the control of an independent foundation, has seen its distribution widely adopted across the enterprise landscape. To meet surging demand, the company has been investing heavily over the last year in channel enablement, having launched a program in 2016.

"We continue to double-down with certain partners who are starting to build meaningful delivery practices around Cloud Foundry," Nick Cayou, Pivotal's vice president of global alliances, told CRN.

After a couple years working with Accenture, that relationship was ready to escalate.

Accenture fields specialized business groups dedicated to some of the world's largest technology vendors—companies like Oracle and Amazon Web Services.

That level of dedication to its Pivotal practice illustrates Cloud Foundry's prominence in a market undergoing rapid digital transformation.

"We're privileged to have Accenture give us a huge vote of confidence in the trajectory of Cloud Foundry," Cayou said.

Accenture gains through the partnership access to unparalleled expertise in Cloud Foundry development methodology and tooling, Gene Reznik, Accenture's senior managing director for technology ecosystems, told CRN.

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