Accenture, a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, and Avanade, a business technology solutions company, have implemented a suite of workplace technologies at Standard Life, a provider of long-term savings and investments.

The project delivered an upgrade from Windows XP to the Windows 7 operating system for more than 11,000 desktops. This included migration to a single mail platform and tools that can improve productivity. Standard Life employees in six different business units across 14 countries received training as well.

Standard Life’s Digital Workplace strategic program is designed to streamline its IT services across all its businesses in Europe, North America and Asia. It will provide employees with a consolidated, digital working environment for better support of company growth and an operating costs reduction. Standard Life is establishing an infrastructure with new levels of workforce efficiency, agility and productivity, Accenture said.

“The implementation of Digital Workplace allowed us to reduce our application estate by 60 percent, cut log-in time by 15 minutes and increase our pace of work through better collaboration,” said Paul Chong, director of group IT at Standard Life. “From a business perspective, this lays the foundation blocks for improving our customer engagement as we continue to develop our Digital agenda.”

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