Accenture Microsoft Deal Highlights Changing Face of Web Hosting

June 9, 2005
June 9, 2005 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) - Accenture and Microsoft Corp today announced a partnership that highlights the changing nature of web hosting services. While hosting sites is still the core of the industry, new collaborative communications services are an important new niche for hosts as processor and Internet connection speeds continue to climb and the price for basic web hosting continues to fall.

According to the deal, Accenture will utilise Microsoft Connected Services Framework as the core component for the .NET-based version of its Service Delivery Platform, a solution to enable the rapid launch of wireline and wireless multimedia services. Accenture's Service Delivery Platform is part of Accenture Communications Solutions, an industry suite of leading-edge business solutions for communication service providers.

Together, the Accenture Service Delivery Platform and Microsoft Connected Services Framework form the infrastructure for value-added services like Internet Protocol television (IPTV) in Accenture’s case and hold the potential for other collaborative communications services such as enterprise-level shared calendaring, contacts, document collaboration, instant messaging and mobile-enabled services for other companies.

"Broadband penetration has reached a tipping point as consumers become accustomed to high-speed connections to the home and accessing advanced services, such as music downloads, VoIP and digital photography," said Dan Elron, managing partner of the Communications Industry group at Accenture. "The time is right for service providers to leverage the reliability and ubiquity of their networks to offer lower-cost advanced services, allowing customers to pay for service the way they purchase electricity or pay-per-view television programming. Accenture's Service Delivery Platform and Microsoft Connected Services Framework provide a dynamic environment for creating and deploying these services."

The Accenture Service Delivery Platform is designed to speed up development cycles of new multimedia applications by providing a comprehensive, standard-based environment for service creation, execution and control. Developed on industry standards and based on Web services, the Accenture Service Delivery Platform can interoperate with a variety of technologies and facilitates the delivery of both operator-developed services and third-party services and content. Even greater benefit can be gained when deploying Microsoft-based services, due to the platform's tight integration with leading Microsoft software and solutions such as the Microsoft Solution for Hosting Messaging and Collaboration or Microsoft TV.

Microsoft Connected Services Framework is an integrated software solution for building and managing complex services using a service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web service interfaces. Connected Services Framework allows telecommunications operators to aggregate, provision and manage converged communications services for their subscribers, regardless of network or device when used with standard Web services interfaces.

"The Accenture Service Delivery platform complements the Microsoft Connected Services Framework by surrounding it with other important reference frameworks and architecture modules," said Maria Martinez, corporate vice president of the Communications Sector at Microsoft. "With the Accenture Service Delivery Platform and the Microsoft Connected Services Framework, wireless, wire line and cable operators can more quickly achieve their service introduction and overall business objectives. We are already seeing a tremendous level of interest in the combined Accenture-Microsoft solution."

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