Accenture Technology Labs has relocated from Palo Alto to San Jose, California.
Relocation to the famed Silicon Valley area was a natural choice for the Labs, says Sanjay Mathur, director of development-Accenture Technology Labs Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is home to some of the world's most innovative high-tech companies. The benefits for Accenture are twofold. On the one hand, such companies are developing cutting-edge technologies the Labs plan to use in creating new solutions to drive high performance for clients; on the other, such companies well understand the Labs' value proposition for innovation-driven competitive advantage and are likely to themselves become clients. The November 8, 2007, official opening of Accenture Technology Labs Silicon Valley featured the program "Discover the Nature of Innovation," co-hosted by Lyle Ginsburg, global managing director of Accenture Technology Labs; Chris DiGiorgio, managing director of Accenture's California group; and Mark Trout, managing director-Electronics & High Tech. The program took attendees behind the scenes to discover the nature of innovation driving Accenture's technology vision, research solutions and delivery. Calculator Figures Cost of Going Green The new facility places a strong focus on environment-friendly technologies and practices through its R&D around Green IT. The Green Calculator that Labs' researchers are developing will determine how much a company would save if it took actions like reducing travel and investing in collaboration technologies, improving energy use at data centers or changing temperature settings. The calculator also compares the cost of carbon advantages to help clients choose the most effective environment-friendly technologies. "I see a lot of IT development around green issues," Mathur said. "This is the right area to be in." San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Accenture is a welcome addition to the city's business community, as its economic development plans include making the city a center for solar technologies and green tech in general. "Accenture is right where we are headed with our green vision," Reed said. "Someone had to do the analysis, and that's what Accenture does." Other Labs innovations at Silicon Valley include mobile widgets, which showcase how organizations can consume enterprise data on a mobile platform; a prototype that uses grid computing technologies to improve performance and scalability of data intensive batch processes; and a methods-accelerator solution, which provides a "Turbotax-like" interactive workspace for requirements analysts. Accenture Technology Lab Silicon Valley is Accenture's fourth Lab, joining the others in Chicago; Bangalore, India; and Sophia Antipolis, France.