Plus: Ac­cen­ture’s chief ex­ec­u­tive on digital trans­for­ma­tion.

Ac­cen­ture chief Pierre Nan­terme is urg­ing CEOs to em­brace the tech that’ll rapidly change their com­pa­nies.

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It’s You’re been an a Ac­cen­ture long time, lifer, but now with into a lot your of 35th evo­lu­tions. year. Cer­tainly, We’re fac­ing digital the tech­nol­ogy next wave: has global evolved. security What and do you digital see trans­for­ma­tion. now? The tech­nolo­gies re­lated to these are chang­ing ev­ery sec­ond. How should a CEO think about this?

Prior your tech­nol­ogy busi­ness. rev­o­lu­tions This one is were about about cre­at­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity—ra­tio­nal­iz­ing new, dis­rup­tive mod­els. What was your strat­egy for digital trans­for­ma­tion?

We piv­oted to five ar­eas: in­ter­ac­tive, mo­bile, an­a­lyt­ics, cloud and security. Time and money are per­ish­able. How do you pri­or­i­tize a digital strat­egy?

Ask which tech­nol­ogy on your strat­egy list is scal­able right now. Many lim­it­ing cor­po­rate it to a 30-minute boards still dis­cus­sion treat digital within tech­nol­ogy the au­dit like com­mit­tee. a mi­nor is­sue, Com­pli­ance and cy­ber­se­cu­rity be­long in the au­dit com­mit­tee. Rev­enue growth and fu­ture in­vest­ment be­long in a strat­egy com­mit­tee. In day-to-day op­er­a­tions, whom should the chief in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer and chief digital of­fi­cer re­port to? To­day you see more CIOs re­port­ing to an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee that in­cludes the heads of all op­er­a­tions. The CDO, as the com­pany’s man­ager of all digital strat­egy, should be on the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. How would you de­scribe Ac­cen­ture’s evo­lu­tion over the last five years?

We are to­tally dif­fer­ent. We saw that pro­fes­sional ser­vices would be com­modi­tized. We had to be­come lead­ers in in­no­va­tion and scale. So is Ac­cen­ture now a soft­ware com­pany?

No. Our ser­vice is to in­te­grate the best ex­ist­ing tech­nolo­gies and make them rel­e­vant and ef­fec­tive for clients. What should make long-term in­vestors buy Ac­cen­ture stock?

They should con­sider what makes a com­pany highly dif­fer­en­ti­ated, highly res­o­lute and highly ag­ile. And at the same time, ask whether the com­pany is durable in sus­tain­ing strong per­for­mance, with rigor and dis­ci­pline in the way it an­chors its busi­ness.

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