Accenture is a global management consulting and professional services firm that takes an innovation-led approach to help clients “Imagine and invent their future”. Through strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services, their 459,000 employees around the world help companies in 120 countries solve business challenges through innovation and in-depth industry knowledge.
“Innovation doesn’t just happen,” says Stuart Brown, head of Accenture’s Tampa Bay office. “It must be nurtured.” The company is making a science out of that nurturing. A critical asset in making this happen is Accenture’s Innovation Architecture. Accenture puts significant and consistent investment into its network of research labs, growth ventures, design studios, and innovation centers to drive continuous innovation and adoption of new capabilities.
“Technology is core to how the world works and lives. We partner with the Tampa Bay STEM Network and organizations including Junior Achievement and Girls Who Code to inspire students by connecting real-world jobs with what they are learning in the classroom. It’s so inspiring to see doors being opened in the students’ minds to career paths they’d never thought of before.”
– Maria Wilson, Accenture’s Tampa Bay Corporate Citizenship Lead
With this philosophy, it’s not surprising that Accenture’s Tampa Bay office is thriving. Long-time local resident, Jason Warnke, leads Accenture’s global social enterprise. He ensures employees based here and all over the world have the tools and capabilities they need to provide high-end digital services to clients no matter where they are located – at home, at client locations or in any of Accenture’s offices or world-class Innovation Hubs. Jason says, “running technology for one of the world’s largest technology companies brings me to all parts of the globe, but there’s something special about the people and innovation fostered in Tampa Bay. There’s a genuine sense of collaboration here, and it’s so exciting to see the platform for innovation being built in our backyard. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
DIVERSITY + INCLUSION = INNOVATION
Accenture believes that a culture rich in diversity drives innovation and that when people feel that they can be themselves at work, they’re happier, more productive and more creative. The company’s stated ambition is to be the most diverse and inclusive company on the planet, and Thomson Reuters recognized them as #1 on their 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Index.
Accenture was also recently recognized right here in Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Business Journal with the 2018 Business of Pride Award.
While humans will always be the heart and soul of a company, Accenture is helping other companies prepare for the new, larger equation of humans plus machines. The company uses its own global business as a case study, having automated nearly 20,000 roles over the past two years. Technology manages the processes that can be automated, enabling the people in those roles to focus their efforts on work that requires human ingenuity, creating a more productive workforce doing more interesting work.
Innovation is about the new and undiscovered, and Accenture is committed to fostering the next generation of talent. “Technology is core to how the world works and lives. We partner with the Tampa Bay STEM Network and organizations including Junior Achievement and Girls Who Code to inspire students by connecting real-world jobs with what they are learning in the classroom,” says Accenture’s Tampa Bay Corporate Citizenship Lead, Maria Wilson. “It’s so inspiring to see doors being opened in the students’ minds to career paths they’d never thought of before.”