Accenture and Worksoft to Accelerate Use of Intelligent Automation for Application Development and Testing
NEW YORK; July 13, 2015 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) will integrate comprehensive automation capabilities for end-to-end business process validation within its Application Services business through a new alliance relationship with Worksoft, a leading provider of business process validation software. This will help Accenture clients implement high-quality applications more quickly through automation and early third party involvement.
Worksoft’s technology has been shown to reduce time-to-market, quality validation duration and effort by nearly 50 percent. The technology will be used to enhance Accenture’s application testing services, helping clients reduce critical defects, improve productivity and eliminate the barrier of large, upfront investments. This includes functionality from Worksoft Certify® that eliminates manual quality assurance steps – automatically validating business processes on a daily basis to identify defects before they enter production – and Worksoft AnalyzeTM, for automation of business process discovery – capturing end users’ normal activities and connecting them into an end-to-end process, using artificial intelligence. Accenture is the first and only global systems integrator to offer the full suite of Worksoft automation tools for rapid adoption via an annual subscription model.
Working with Accenture and Worksoft, one enterprise client was able to automate enough business processes to save about 8,000 hours of labor in the first year. The client also completed test cycles up to 50 percent faster due to rapid test execution activities, as well as achieved a 25 percent decrease in production defects.
“Accenture’s strategy is to help clients reinvent the business of applications, using intelligent automation to manage rising volume, velocity and complexity,” said Prasad Sankaran, senior managing director, Accenture Technology, Application Services. “As we take our clients from traditional testing to high-velocity software engineering models, automation platforms are key to driving agility and innovation into the application development lifecycle. We look forward to working closely with Worksoft to help meet the growing demand for greater speed and automation in the new digital world.”
Jim Kent, CEO, Worksoft, said: “We are pleased to team with Accenture, who shares our vision of automation as a “must have” technology to ensure business process quality across enterprise applications. Our software platform, combined with Accenture’s expertise and global reach, will accelerate the adoption of automated business process validation as a new industry standard. We look forward to working with the Accenture team, their testing centers of excellence, and helping to expand their success.”
“IT organizations are moving toward high velocity software engineering models for testing and deploying applications,” said Kishore Durg, managing director and global testing lead for Accenture. “Accenture’s collaboration with Worksoft will transform software testing to enable faster, more predictable and more frequent deployments to market. We will continue to invest in cognitive computing, machine learning and automation to improve our clients’ business.”
To date, more than 550 Accenture professionals have received dedicated Worksoft Certify training, including trainers, certified asset developers and automation architects, members of project enablement teams and solution architects, to meet the growing demand for business process validation and automation.
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.