Systems integration and outsourcing giant Accenture is inching its way into the software game.
The company announced Thursday the launch of an analytics platform geared toward industry and function-specific applications.
The analytics platform puts to work the application configuration environment Accenture gained when it acquired i4C a year ago. The development system created by the Italian analytics firm allows Accenture to create applications that are turn-key with accelerated configuration times.
Four applications are already available: three for the retail industry and one for manufacturing.
The retail focus is no surprise, since it's where the bulk of Accenture's clients operate. They include predictive applications for trade marketing, demand forecasting, and fraud detection.
For manufacturing, which is another big customer base for Accenture, the application is designed to help with inventory optimization and parts ordering.
Accenture is no stranger to the industry-specific service approach sweeping through the tech industry. The company recently formed a joint venture with Oracle aimed at bringing more to the cloud. The tech companies are focusing on public, financial and hospitality services verticals with their initial suite of cloud services.
Accenture also recently acquired Agilex, a provider of digital services for the US federal government, to bolster its digital capabilities in analytics, cloud and mobility for federal agencies.