Telstra, Accenture don the lab coats to develop Cloud services

Cloud product innovation laboratory opened in Melbourne, aimed at enterprise and government customers

The move to Cloud will be accelerated for Telstra’s (ASX:TLS) enterprise customers following the opening of a product innovation lab with its US-based consulting partner, Accenture, in Melbourne this week.

The lab is designed to become an Australian innovation hub, with Cloud-based technologies to be developed for both enterprise and government organisations. It is part of an $800 million, five-year investment in Cloud services announced by Telstra in June this year.

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According to Telstra’s chief technology officer, Dr Hugh Bradlow, the lab will show businesses how Cloud computing technologies could improve their business performance.

“Australian organisations are increasingly looking to the Cloud for their IT services," he said in a statement.

"This lab will prove a powerful tool to help us develop the best possible services for our customers into the future."

Accenture operates a number of joint development centres around the world with companies such as Telstra, focused on Cloud computing, analytics, mobile technology, emerging architectures and unified communications.

Telstra recently received Red Hat certification for its Cloud offering.

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