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Accenture Adopts Microsoft Power BI for Research


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Accenture adopts Microsoft Power BI as the data visualization platform for our research organization, enriching capabilities and dramatically saving time.

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Accenture Adopts Microsoft Power BI for Research

  1. 1. Accenture adopts Microsoft Power BI as the data visualization platform for our research organization, enriching capabilities and dramatically saving time. ACCENTURE ADOPTS MICROSOFT POWER BI FOR RESEARCH Copyright © 2020 Accenture. All rights reserved
  2. 2. Accenture Research publishes hundreds of reports, articles and points of view every year. The organization also creates data-driven insights, which Accenture people increasingly use in their conversations with clients. Accenture Research is a global team of 300 researchers and analysts. In their day-to-day work, they used different platforms and ways to produce and deliver research content and insights. The proliferation of platforms, ways to present content and variety of requests made it difficult for Accenture people to easily and quickly find and use relevant content. Accenture Research recognized a single solution would be more effective, specifically a modern business intelligence platform that could easily be used by not only tech-savvy analysts, but by all types of Accenture users. A single solution would also help achieve greater scale in the delivery of “single versions of the truth,” create new interactive data experiences and accelerate speed to insights. CHALLENGE Copyright © 2020 Accenture. All rights reserved
  3. 3. Together with Accenture’s global IT organization, Accenture Research selected Microsoft Power BI as its next business intelligence platform. Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools to analyze data and share insights. The selection was driven by Accenture Research’s strategy, itself shaped by three foundational priorities: the outcome of a detailed product assessment; the motivation to align with global IT’s product strategy; and an objective to equip all of Accenture with a user-friendly tool for searching research content. Accenture implemented the ability to request access to Power BI free, Premium, and Pro, enabling Accenture people to use a common data visualization tool at varying levels. With Pro, researchers gain powerful features, interactive visualizations, business intelligence capabilities, and the ability to build and share their own applications. WHAT ACCENTURE DID With Power BI Premium, any Accenture user can access their own applications with a simple browser, thus accelerating adoption. Copyright © 2020 Accenture. All rights reserved
  4. 4. Today, Accenture Research continues to use the same platform and can easily share BI applications with as many Accenture users as desired. Getting to this point required a learning program of progressive levels of mastery based on actual Accenture use cases, with researchers supported by industry and services experts. Researchers and analysts learned how to take advantage of accelerators (templates), self-service data preparation, design features, programming, storytelling, and application management. They are excited to present data analysis outcomes in dynamic, insightful and modern ways that speak to the needs of the diverse audiences they collaborate with every day— and the dramatic savings in time make the experience all the more valuable. Accenture Research embraces the Human + Machine trend, where humans and smart machines collaborate ever more closely. They also embrace the Accenture Technology Vision 2020 trend of using AI as a collaboration tool with humans: to not only efficiently execute tasks but also to transform what businesses actually do. The organization envisions bringing these possibilities to life with the potential of using self-service artificial intelligence (AI) with Microsoft Power BI to put AI in the hands of Accenture people without AI expertise Accenture Research is exploring the use of additional tools from the Microsoft Power Platform, including self-service AI. PEOPLE AND CULTURE Copyright © 2020 Accenture. All rights reserved
  5. 5. Microsoft Power BI fits with Accenture’s Microsoft 365 portfolio of applications, is rich in capabilities and is easy to implement. It not only provides tech-savvy researchers and analysts with a common, modern and easy-to-use data visualization tool relevant for today and for the future, VALUE DELIVERED but it also makes research assets readily available to all Accenture employees in a dynamic way for the first time. This capability is an important step in Accenture’s strategy of putting technology-powered tools in the hands of many people to achieve outcomes that were previously possible with those few who possessed a much higher skill level. Copyright © 2020 Accenture. All rights reserved