Jordan said the two companies will also work closely with Accenture Mobility Services to develop new mobile enterprise solutions, and, as an additional investment, Avanade is building 'Windows Phone Centers of Excellence in the United States, Europe, China and India to foster innovations that address the specific needs of enterprises, mobile operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEM).'
'Microsoft's strength in consumer, enterprise solutions and cloud services positions it well to create a compelling mobile offering to empower a new generation of consumers and organisations. Today's announcement will stimulate innovation in mobility, leading to new services and solutions to create greater value for mobile customers,' Jordan said.
According to Jordan, with its Windows Phone Centers of Excellence, Avanade will bring a dedicated workforce of specialists to build and deliver enterprise offerings on the Windows Phone platform and, additionally, develop consumer applications for the Windows Phone marketplace and specific business applications to meet enterprise needs. 'Avanade will also enable unique business productivity functionality by integrating Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Lync into the mobile platform.'
Jordan also said that rapid innovations in mobile technology, applications on mobile devices and pervasive connectivity are fuelling the consumerisation of IT, fostering a change in business culture and creating a major shift in the enterprise as employees seek 'more control over which devices, services and applications they can access and use for work while companies attempt to securely manage multiple platforms.'
Paul Bryan, senior director, Windows Phone division at Microsoft, said businesses are requesting a new wave of mobile solutions to meet the increasing expectations of both employees and consumers. 'Our collaboration with Avanade and Accenture will address these needs. Through the Centers of Excellence, Avanade and Accenture developers will help accelerate the delivery of creative and unique solutions across the globe for the Windows Phone ecosystem.'
And, according to Accenture Mobility Services managing director, Dan Lauderback, 'Microsoft's robust enterprise solutions, relevant cloud solutions and compelling Windows Phone platform have created a truly unique environment that will change the mobile landscape.'