In conjunction with the general availability launch of Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade announced an expansion of their partnership to help organizations tackle climate change and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges.
The three companies aim to deliver solutions to help organizations transform operations products, services and value chains to help accelerate the transition to net zero emissions as well as broader ESG goals in the future.
The partnership includes the co-development of systems designed to emit less carbon over their life cycle and advisory services to help business reduce emissions, adopt new energy sources and reduce waste of natural resources.
According to the companies, the partnership is powered by a combination of Accenture’s Sustainability Services, Avanade’s human-centered digital experience and the Microsoft Cloud, as well as each technology company’s data and AI capabilities. The expanded strategic partnership is designed to address both horizontal and industry-specific sustainability challenges, per the press release.
The companies will develop new joint offerings across four areas including digital manufacturing transition, low carbon energy transition, sustainable IT with Azure and green software engineering and ESG measurement, analytics and performance with Microsoft’s Cloud for Sustainability.
For manufacturing organizations, joint offerings are designed to help improve asset utilization and apply digital twin technology to help reduce emissions, waste and the consumption of resources.
Other offerings for a low carbon energy transition aim to assist companies in the transition to a net zero economy by connecting and integrating energy infrastructure to develop carbon intelligence and transform business models to support low carbon energy usage.
Using Microsoft Azure and green software engineering, the companies also look to help organizations shift to the public cloud to reduce their energy usage and cut carbon emissions thanks to new solutions on Azure.
Other joint solutions will give organizations insight into their sustainability and help break siloes and provide data-driven, actionable insights into sustainability issues via Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability.
The joint announcement comes as Microsoft released the general availability of Cloud for Sustainability, a new cloud offering designed to enable organizations to meet their sustainability goals and manage their environmental footprint via centralized data intelligence and more efficient IT infrastructure.
Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability includes the new Microsoft Sustainability Manager, a new tool designed to unify data intelligence from IoT data and devices and services at the edge or in the cloud, to help monitor and measure activities at scale. The tool centralizes previously disparate data and leverages automated data connections to deliver actionable insights, giving organizations a comprehensive view into the environmental impact of their operations, the company says.
Other features include the Emissions Impact Dashboard that gives customers insight into their emissions produced from their use of Microsoft cloud services and devices. Learn more about Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability here.
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