Orange Business Services and Accenture have formed an alliance to support large enterprises as they move to the cloud.

The two companies will offer a service that will define businesses’ cloud strategies, transform their traditional IT infrastructure into a private or public cloud-based model, and migrate and manage applications on a cloud-based infrastructure.

French businesses will be targeted first before companies in other European countries where Accenture does not have existing alliances with other providers are approached.

Philippe Laplane, Head of Orange Cloud for Business, commented: “Cloud transformation is not just about transferring infrastructure and applications to the cloud. Each company’s IT legacy and strategy is unique. This is why they need customised support to make the right technology choices, to define their migration processes and pace and then manage their new cloud infrastructure. This is what we are offering them through our alliance with Accenture.”

This the third major deal that OBS has announced in the past few weeks.

Orange’s enterprise arm will deploy and manage a unified communications solution to Japan Tobacco International.

It also signed a deal with financial technology firm SIA that will enable banks and merchants in Europe to manage payments via mobile point of sale (POS) terminals.

Meanwhile, medical and travel security risk services company International SOS signed up OBS to redesign, consolidate and manage its various global networks.

In 2013, OBS saw revenues fall 5.3 percent to €6.5 billion due what it described as “heightened competition on prices in a difficult European economic environment”.

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