Deloitte teams up with MapR to drive analytics and AI solutions

26 September 2018

Big Four firm Deloitte has entered into a formal alliance with data analytics software company MapR. Together, the two firms will work to provide client solutions that leverage AI, data analytics, and other emerging technologies like Internet of Things, edge computing, and cloud.

Deloitte has been working hard to expand its AI and analytics capabilities in order to deliver the emerging technology-based transformations that businesses will increasingly require to remain competitive. The accounting and consulting firm has been upgrading its resources organically with the hiring of experts and analysts, inorganically through the acquisition of AI firms, and through the forging of partnerships with leading tech firms.

Deloitte has now entered into a formal alliance with MapR Technologies – a leading provider of data platforms for artificial intelligence and analytics. Founded in 2009, the San Jose-based software firm provides data protection, recovery, security, and management services across disparate data types, be they on-premises, in the cloud, or on the edge. MapR’s software-based Data Platform also allows for real-time data processing, helping firms use analytics to cut costs and boost revenues.

Working together, Deloitte and MapR will help clients benefit from the productivity enhancements of AI technology, while taking advantage of other advances like the Internet of Things (IoT), edge, and cloud. Solution areas that the partnership will focus on will include Big Data modernization, cloud analytics, and IoT distributed analytics.
Deloitte teams up with MapR to drive analytics and AI solutions“We are happy to announce our alliance with MapR,” commented Ashish Verma, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and data and analytics modernization offering leader. “Together, we’re tackling the dynamic nature of today’s data landscape to help empower clients with the tools and capabilities that they need to stay competitive and responsive to their customers.”

Geneva Lake, vice president alliances at MapR, added, “Offering joint solutions with Deloitte that build on MapR’s foundational data platform provides enterprises with innovative analytic and AI solutions across key industries and sectors.”

Deloitte selected MapR due to their leading emerging technology-enabling software solutions and robust security. The firm also has the trust of big tech firms like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, and SAP – who are all part of the MapR ecosystem.

“The need for a new approach has become apparent in the last several years as analytics have rapidly evolved,” said Jack Norris, senior vice president of data and applications at MapR. “The MapR Data Platform addresses the limitations of other technologies by providing agility without undue risk. The MapR platform enables the latest innovations in analytics and AI, ML, and Deep Learning providing a broad set of industry standard and open source APIs to data. The platform protects the data without risk of loss or security breach.”

Earlier this year, Deloitte and Apple launched a connected patient product – ConvergeHEALTH – which allows Apple users to store a variety of health data on their mobile devices. Deloitte and Apple have been strategic partners since 2016; as part of the alliance, Deloitte set up an Apple practice that brings iOS to solutions to a range of client problems.


Deloitte to collaborate with Google Cloud on raft of new solutions

17 April 2019

Accounting and consulting firm Deloitte will work with Google Cloud to create an array of solutions for the life sciences and healthcare, financial services, and retail sectors. The announcement was made at the annual Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco.

Deloitte has an especially strong partnership with Google Cloud, having been named its Global Services Partner of the Year for two years running. Google Cloud is among the leading enterprise cloud platforms, alongside the offerings of industry heavyweights such as Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM.

Deloitte currently provides a number of industry-specific solutions build on the Google Cloud platform, targeting areas like big data and analytics, machine learning, application services, SAP, and security. Deloitte leverages its existing technology and industry-specific expertise to build solutions on Google’s powerful open-source software. It’s a common exercise for many consulting firms – turning the raw material of a platform or ecosystem into a useful finished product for diverse clients, possibly as part of a wider overall advisory package.Deloitte to collaborate with Google Cloud on raft of new solutionsThe consulting firm will now deliver new Google Cloud solutions to clients in three pivotal sectors. In life sciences and healthcare, Deloitte will offer solutions targeting biomedical research, operations optimization, and healthcare data modernization. Within financial services, the firm will help banking, insurance, and investment management companies convert ideas into profitable strategies though Google’s high-performance computing and applied AI. Deloitte will also offer leading-edge solutions to help detect financial crimes.

The retail sector, meanwhile, will be able to benefit from advanced consumer insights and engagement, more connected supply chains, and efficient and modern commerce infrastructure.

"We are thrilled to make this commitment with Google Cloud to bring the power of its leading technologies to our enterprise clients," Janet Foutty, chair and CEO, Deloitte Consulting and chair-elect, said. "Together, we plan to transform operating models across these key sectors by harnessing the power of cloud technologies and the extensive industry-specific knowledge and experience of our practitioners."

Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud CEO, added, “Deloitte's reputation for enterprise transformation makes them an ideal teammate for us as we expand our cloud into new industries and with the world's biggest customers. Industries from health care to financial services to retail share a need to modernize – quickly. We're excited to join with Deloitte and deliver solutions and technology to help them do just that."

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