Gartner predicts that by 2020, 75 percent of application purchases supporting digital business will be "build," not "buy."
Gartner's research shows that many organizations already favor a new kind of "build" that does not include out-of-the-box solutions, but instead is a combination of application components that are differentiated, innovative and not standard software or software with professional services (for customization and integration requirements), or solutions that are increasingly sourced from startups, disrupters or specialized local providers.
Build, not buy
Created in 2017 with Pivotal, Accenture Pivotal Business Group is a global strategic partnership combining resources, practices and scale with a combined go-to-market strategy and offerings. Partnering with Pivotal and now with VMware, the partnership was created to accelerate Development and Delivery of Cloud Native Development and Containers. It was created to help customers build, run and operate applications on the Pivotal platform (now Tanzu).
No other Consultant / System Integrator has made similar investments or have the capabilities we do.
TAS (formerly PCF) skill sets still relevant even with the change in name
CANADA SPECIFIC 90 people have completed 103 trainings ~30 certifications in Canada (between CFCD and PAL)
XP PCF Delivery available from Accenture labs capability at Columbus Innovation Hub and now Dallas and Atlanta
Accenture was awarded Pivotal Partner of the year in 2019
Matt Russell will discuss the Pivotal methodology in an earlier section. Accenture Worked with Pivotal to create offerings; some (like Labs and AppTX) are extensions of Pivotal’s offerings while others (Accelerated Delivery) are unique to Accenture. Our Accenture associates are trained Labs and AppTX engagements in the same way that Pivotal would.
Labs: Enabling clients 1:1 to build software via XP, Lean Product Management, and User Centered Design
AppTX Application Transformation Planning: Our teams will create a program prioritization, and application roadmap Application Transformation Execution: Our teams will execute a tracer bullet, and enable the scaling of delivery efforts
Accelerated Delivery (XP at Scale): Accelerating the delivery of working software that drives business and user value via XP, Lean Product Management, and User Centered Design THIS IS NOT A PIVOTAL OFFERING, THIS OFFERING IS UNIQUE TO ACCENTURE
Enablement focused on learning modern practices like: Agile Academics Cloud Native Development DevOps Extreme Programming Lean Product Development Test Automation User Centered Design
An example of extreme team agility: how we quickly adjusted and mobilized remote delivery team.
In the wake of Covid-19, the team was asked to support delivery by working remote. Remote doesn’t sound challenging, but Remote Pair Programming was a new experience for all of us. We quickly came up with a game plan, and worked closely with our client to provide all the necessary infrastructure, (VPN, CPU’s) and computing equipments (e.g. additional keyboards, monitors) to support pair programming. It was a almost seamless transition and team was up within a day (including setting up system with required software) and started delivering from day 2.
Specific Technologies used: Virtual pair programming - To avoid the impact on pair programming model, we identified Microsoft Team Virtual Pairing rooms and later transition to Cisco meeting for each pairs so that we can still match pair model. We leverage video conferencing to run standup meetings. Online collaboration/whiteboarding tools – Missing whiteboards could have been a challenge with team size of 40+ (including Devs, PA’s, PO’s and TL’s), but thanks to online collaboration tools like Miro. We started heavily using Miro for our meetings and all attendees started contributing on miro. We realized it was more effective than physical meetings and many of them brought in new ideas. Virtual Coffee Breaks & Online Game – To compensate for the lack of physical / social interactions we used to enjoy in a physical office environment and to keep the team motivated, we started having virtual coffee breaks every week and biweekly online games where strictly we discuss something apart from work. These has helped team to stay motivated.
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Anthonie is a Senior Technology Architect for Accenture's
Intelligence Software Engineering Services (IES) platform in
Canada. IES includes Data, AI, Testing & Quality
Engineering, Technology Architecture, Products & Platforms
and Emerging Technologies. Anthonie is the VMware Tanzu
(Pivotal) Technology Partner Practices lead in Canada and
plays a leadership role in the DevOps practice.
ANTHONIE DU TOIT
APBG - CLOUD-NATIVE TRANSFORMATION
EXPERTISE & CREDIBILITY
Leader in cloud.
Native app dev through Tanzu Application
Service & VMware Pivotal Labs.
SCALE & REACH
Leader in technology services & cloud-
2019 Global Systems Integrator of the Year
WHAT WE OFFER
B E S T W H E N …
organization seeks enablement to
build net new / greenfield
applications through co-creation
B E S T W H E N …
organization lacks efficiency
and capacity to deliver on their
own; they’re not ready for co-
B E S T W H E N …
organization seeks large scale
migration and modernization of
Accenture & Clients pair
1:1 across disciplines
(SE, PM, D)
Accenture provides a balanced team of Software Engineers, Product
Managers, and Designers
LARGE RETAIL PHARMACY CHAIN: APPLICATION
MODERNIZATION & AGILE TRANSFORMATION
• Partnering with VMWare, Accenture modernized the application to an
event driven architecture by using cloud native microservices built on
the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform.
• This solution developed 20+ common patterns which could be
leveraged by other applications.
• The largest retail pharmacy network in Canada was facing
the challenge of maintaining its legacy / monolithic Pharmacy
• IT was not able to meet the business demands in the ever-
changing world of retail pharmacies and provincial
THE SITUATION OUR SOLUTION *
Virtual Coffee Breaks &
* ALL DURING COVID-19
R E S U L T S : Business has become more client-focus, digitally enabled, and responsive to market
• Improved cycle time: workable features are delivered in 1-3 weeks
• User-centric application design: helps pharmacists better utilize their time and focus on delivering value-add services to customers.
• Improved quality: Pair Programming, Test Driven Development, and a rapid feedback loop have significantly improved code quality and
CLIENTS ARE EMBARKING ON A CLOUD NATIVE JOURNEY
building new greenfield applications, re-platforming, or re-architecting and re-writing hundreds to thousands of
applications--breaking monolithic Java applications into microservices
Labs capability at Accenture’s Cloud
Innovation Centers in Columbus, Dallas,
Atlanta and more geographies coming
By design, APBG offers services the way
VMware Tanzu would, using concepts
such as Lean Startup, Extreme
Programming, User-Centered Design
200+ Cloud Foundry Trained Developers
1000+ Cloud Native practitioners globally
A global strategic partnership created to
accelerate Cloud Native development and delivery
and to help customers build, run and operate
applications on the Pivotal platform (now
LABS | APPTX | ACCELERATED DELIVERY