Professional services company Accenture has opened its new Liquid Studio in Sydney to help clients accelerate digital business transformation.

The Accenture Liquid Studios are designed for rapid application development and are located in cities such as Silicon Valley, Paris, Milan, London and Singapore.

The space is used for clients to work closely with Accenture professionals to turn ideas into innovation applications and solutions with speed and agility, the company said.

The Liquid Studio in Sydney is the first of several new initiatives that Accenture is investing in across Australia. The company said it also plans to expand its investments in training, hiring and partnerships.

“The next wave of Australian growth and competitiveness will come from continuous innovation, and I am proud Accenture Australia is working closely with our clients to fuel innovation and solve critical business problems at speed and scale,” said Bob Easton, chairman and senior managing director for Accenture Australia and New Zealand.

The Liquid Studio aims to accelerate innovation by applying rapid development approaches including agile methodologies and DevOps, and experimenting with disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and serverless architectures.

This allows Accenture clients to reduce development time from months to days and shorten the time to business impact. The capabilities of the Liquid Studio will be supplemented by Accenture’s alliance ecosystem, start-ups, and others.

“Through immersive workshops, organisations will receive tangible, hands-on experience of how their business can benefit from the most disruptive technologies, such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality,” said Justin Baird, managing director for Accenture Australia Innovation and Research & Development.

“By leveraging agile teams, a start-up culture and multi-speed, microservice and cloud-based architectures, organisation will see more value quickly and easily.”

The Liquid Studio in Sydney will collaborate with Accenture’s global network of Liquid Studios and with the Accenture Labs, where Accenture incubates and prototypes new concepts through applied R&D projects.

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