Accenture launches its latest Centre for Innovation in Paris

24 June 2016

Accenture has launched a new Innovation Centre in Paris. The centre, according to the firm, aims to provide clients speed up their digital transformations and create innovative pathways to future growth.

The rapid advance of digital technologies, from apps to cloud-based solutions, means that companies now have a breadth, as well as a depth, of options to consider when seeking for ways to reducing operational costs, meet customer expectations, tailor customer journeys as well as innovate whole new service lines and enter new markets rapidly. The new technologies present companies with both challenges and opportunities. On one hand incumbents’ market share is being threatened by nimble competitors, while on the up side companies can quickly reduce overheads and improve services due to digital technologies. Many companies, however, find it difficult to isolate how to transform, where to invest, and how to avoid the various pitfalls that come with digital transformations.

In a bid to support global companies, Accenture is in the process of launching various global hubs that provide organisations with a means to explore future innovations, reimagine their digital strategies, and create new products and services by developing new business models in an immersive, ideation environment. Besides Accenture, many of its competitors too have opened innovation centres around the globe  – EY for instance recently opened a centre in Madrid and KPMG opened a startup incubator in the US.

Accenture launches its latest Centre for Innovation in Paris

Accenture's latest Innovation Center was recently launched in Paris. The innovation centre will support the firm’s regional clients, leveraging its wider network, including Fjord and Accenture Analytics, to develop personalised routes to innovation for clients - made according to their specific objectives. The new hub is one of several, including the recently launched Centre for Innovation in Dublin, as well as hubs in Bangalore, India; Sophia Antipolis, France; Beijing, China; as well as San Jose, California and Washington, DC, in the US.

“Innovation has always been critical to remain competitive, but today it needs to be delivered at speed, at scale and yield business results rapidly,” says Pascal Delorme, Managing Director for Accenture Digital in France and Benelux. “While most companies understand this imperative, some don’t know where to start and others have launched many innovation initiatives with limited tangible business outcomes. By focusing innovation sessions on each client’s specific objectives, accordingly applying our result-driven ideation methodology and leveraging our other capabilities, such as our analytics assets, our Labs and Open Innovation initiative, we provide organisations with a unique innovation accelerator, with end-to-end services.”

“The establishment of our latest Innovation Center in Paris demonstrates Accenture’s continued commitment to France and our commitment to contribute to the innovation momentum in the country,” says Christian Nibourel, country Managing Director for Accenture in France and Benelux. “No organisation is immune to disruption and the best defense remains innovation. Through the Innovation Center, we bring Accenture’s full breadth of innovation capabilities, including our proven ideation methodology, digital technology expertise, and deep industry knowledge, which together will help our clients in their race toward innovation.”


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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”