Accenture is opening a new R&D lab in Beijing, China, in order to expand its global research and development capabilities. The Accenture Technology Lab in Beijing is designed to conduct research on emerging technologies and address the market needs and challenges of businesses and governments in China and other countries in the Asia Pacific region. Accenture has hired a local team of scientists and researchers, led by Accenture Chief Scientist Dr. Kishore Swaminathan.
Gong Li, chairman of Accenture Greater China, says, “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. 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, urbanization, logistics and other critical issues.”
Kevin Campbell, group chief executive of Technology at Accenture, adds: “Many of the technology solutions we have developed around the world are based on innovation and leading-edge R&D coming from our labs. The Beijing technology lab we’re unveiling today is focused primarily on developing practical innovations that are piloted and tested and can be implemented quickly by clients to improve business performance and outcomes.”
One of the primary goals of the Beijing lab is to explore how smart grid technologies can be applied to help address China’s growing energy demands.
“The Beijing lab represents a strategic investment for Accenture and is part of a continued effort to develop our global innovation and R&D capabilities,” said Dr. Gavin Michael, chief technology innovation officer for Accenture and global lead for the Accenture Technology Labs.
Beijing joins Accenture’s other Technology Labs in San Jose, California; Bangalore, India; Sophia Antipolis, France; and, Washington, D.C. The Beijing lab is also part of Accenture’s broader network, which consists of more than 80 innovation centers around the world.