|By Business Wire
|June 17, 2014 07:08 AM EDT
Accenture today announced the launch of Accenture Product Lifecycle
Services (APLS), a new business service aimed at helping manufacturing
clients better organize, develop and manage products and services, from
idea to retirement.
APLS combines capabilities from Accenture’s strategy, digital,
technology and operations growth platforms, with industry-specific
services across manufacturing and engineering, all supported by
established alliances with leading product lifecycle management (PLM)
vendors. This unique combination can help manufacturers increase
revenues and reduce costs and time to market for new products as
breakthroughs in digital technology continue to transform the value
chain for industries, including airline, automotive, industrial
equipment, and public transportation.
Industry 4.0, where highly intelligent cyber physical systems are
connected to create the Internet of Things, is generating the need for
better integration of engineering and product development; production
and technology; and supply chain with marketing and sales. By connecting
these, APLS provides the ability to unlock engineering productivity and
drive value across production, the supply chain and after sales service.
APLS provides a comprehensive portfolio of business and technology
services drawn from a range of engineering and product development
services, such as innovation and product design excellence, PLM
transformation; implementation and application services and support;
PLM-as-a-service and embedded software development for connected
products. In addition, APLS includes full program and change management
To support clients’ manufacturing and digital operations, APLS also can
provide maintenance, repair and operations optimization services (MRO);
enterprise asset maintenance services and manufacturing technology
“We are helping our clients realize the true value of Digital Industry
4.0 and connected products as they tackle the challenges created by the
digitization of their products and services, and the new business models
these require,” said Eric Schaffer, Senior Managing Director, Accenture.
“APLS can help companies sense and adapt to changing customer needs by
enabling an infrastructure for connected products and nimble product
development; an ecosystem for customers, partners and suppliers to
continually influence product strategy; and automated systems that
provide new levels of flexibility and efficiency to address specific
markets on a global scale.”
The newly-launched business service can draw on a range of experienced
specialists with deep knowledge of delivering PLM solutions from leading
software providers. APLS draws on the breadth and scale of Accenture’s
cloud, systems integration and enterprise application capabilities, and
its global delivery network. The business service has also been
strengthened by the recent acquisitions of PRION,
Innovation and businesses from evopro
Stan Przybylinski, Vice President of Research at CIMdata, commented:
“Accenture’s recent acquisitions represent a key step in Accenture‘s
strategy to create strong end-to-end services for engineering and
manufacturing clients. The launch of APLS comes at a time when digital
technologies are creating a huge potential to change the way products
are developed, manufactured and delivered to the market. CIMdata
estimates the global market for PLM consulting and implementation
services will see a five year CAGR rate of 4.2%.”
Accenture has already utilized a number of PLM-related solutions to
solve a range of clients’ business challenges. For a global construction
and mining equipment manufacturer Accenture helped improve the
standardizing of processes and delivery to reduce time to market with an
estimated savings of $20M due to streamlined processes and reduced
complexity. For a global tyre manufacturer, Accenture is collaborating
on an ambitious PLM program aimed to provide the client with an
end-to-end worldwide solution supporting various processes including
R&D, manufacturing and supply chain. The contract includes activities
such as general design, building in Agile mode, deployment, maintenance
In addition to the airline, automotive, industrial equipment, and public
transportation industries, Accenture provides a range of PLM services to
improve innovation and product development performance, from idea to
retirement, for the consumer goods and services, life sciences energy,
and utilities industries.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with approximately 289,000 people serving clients
in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience,
comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions,
and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies,
Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance
businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of
US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page
Accenture Product Lifecycle Services helps our clients organize, develop
and manage products and service, from idea to retirement. The end-to-end
services provide greater engineering efficiency and predictability to
reduce operational costs and increase return on R&D investments. In
2013, Accenture expanded its product lifecycle capabilities with the
acquisitions of PRION Group, PCO Innovation and businesses from evopro.
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