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Accenture Invests $3 Billion to Expand Data and AI Practice

Accenture, the IT consulting firm, has announced a significant investment of $3 billion over three years in its data and AI practice. This investment aims to double the number of employees working with cutting-edge AI technology, bringing the total to 80,000. The company plans to achieve this through a combination of hiring new talent, acquiring other companies, and providing training opportunities for its existing workforce. While Accenture has not specified a timeline for reaching this goal, the investment is intended to benefit companies across 19 different industries.

Accenture Invests $3 Billion

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The decision by Accenture reflects the growing trend among businesses to enhance their offerings with generative AI technology. Major players in the industry, such as Microsoft and Alphabet, have emphasized the transformative potential of generative AI, which is expected to revolutionize numerous job functions. In line with this trend, Salesforce recently doubled its venture capital fund for generative AI startups to $500 million and unveiled an AI Cloud service, aiming to attract enterprises with a comprehensive suite of AI-powered products.

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Accenture’s significant investment in AI comes on the heels of layoffs in March, when the company had to cut around 19,000 jobs due to a downturn caused by high inflation and rising interest rates. Despite the challenges, the firm remains committed to leveraging AI technology to drive business growth and innovation. In addition to the financial investment, Accenture has introduced the “AI Navigator for Enterprise,” a tool designed to guide businesses on effectively utilizing AI technology to their advantage. This tool aims to provide valuable insights and strategic guidance to companies navigating the AI landscape.