By Anne Widjaja
Yesterday, Accenture opened a new research and development lab in Beijing, China, to expand its global network of technology labs into the Asia-Pacific region.
Accenture is working on growing its global research and development capabilities in the region, with a lab for product innovation with Telstra having just opened in Australia last year.
The focus of the Accenture Technology Lab in Beijing is to conduct research on emerging technologies and explore innovative ways to address the market needs of businesses and governments in China and the Asia Pacific region. Accenture has recruited a local team of scientists and researchers to the lab, to be led by Accenture chief scientist Dr Kishore Swaminathan.
Kevin Campbell, group chief executive of Technology, Accenture, explained that the lab would concentrate “primarily on developing practical innovations that…can be implemented quickly by clients to improve business performance and outcomes”.
One of the initial priorities for the Beijing technology lab is to explore how smart grid technologies can help lower carbon emission levels and address China’s growing energy demands – a goal which has already been mandated as a national strategy by the Chinese government.
The lab is already engaged in R&D activities such as advanced analytics and mass data processing, to help Chinese utilities develop a smart, flexible and strong electric grid.
Gong Li, chairman, Accenture Greater China, believes that the new lab has consolidated Accenture’s position in the region.
“Accenture has a long history in China and the opening of the Beijing technology lab reinforces our commitment to serve businesses and government agencies in the region,” he said.
Li also recognises the potential importance of Accenture’s role in aiding the country’s rapid development.
“Innovation has been a key theme in China’s five-year plan and we look forward to serving as a long-term technology partner in support of the country’s development. Accenture is well-positioned to help lead innovations that address local market challenges in areas such as energy, health, education, urbanisation, logistics and other critical issues.”