Accenture, NetApp Expand Technology Services, Enterprise Solutions Relationship

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Accenture and NetApp are partnering to help customers drive business efficiencies by leveraging technologies such as virtual desktop and cloud solutions.

NetApp and Accenture are expanding their partnership with two new technology agreements, the companies announced.

The first agreement focuses on joint development and marketing efforts across several technology areas. The second helps NetApp’s Professional Services group expand its reach with the help of Accenture’s consultants and integration services.

Under the agreements, the companies will develop and deliver solutions for data center optimization and transformation, cloud solution deployment, virtual desktop deployments, ERP application optimization, and business application efficiency and virtualization.

According to a survey by Enterprise Strategy Group, business process improvement and application upgrades and deployments are priorities for end users in 2011.

"We are seeing IT emerge from a support role to take center stage as a major business driver for many organizations," Rockwell Bonecutter, global alliance channel lead at Accenture, said in a statement.

"Companies today want not only speed and simplicity in their IT infrastructure solutions, but also maximum flexibility, efficiency and functionality. Teaming with NetApp, we can help clients transition to a flexible and efficient shared IT infrastructure, setting the foundation to take advantage of cloud computing."

"As customers rethink their IT infrastructures and look for new alternatives to better align IT to the speed of business, they require solutions that are both integrated and innovative," Thomas Stanley, vice president of global system integrators at NetApp, said in a >statement. "Working with Accenture, we can integrate innovative, industry-leading IT stacks that help customers move to a shared IT infrastructure that is flexible, efficient and ready for the future."

The companies said they have already successfully paired on a project for mining company Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, in which they helped the company refresh its IT infrastructure, reduce program risk, improve infrastructure scalability and reduce operating costs.

"As a global natural resources company, the latest economic downturn provided us a unique opportunity to focus on business process transformation in preparation for the eventual recovery in our business," said Bert Odinet, vice president and chief information officer at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, in a statement.