Accenture has entered into an agreement to acquire S3 TV Technology, a business unit of Dublin-headquartered S3 Group that delivers consultancy, automated testing, service monitoring and diagnostic solutions to video service providers globally.
With the acquisition, Accenture aims to expand its global video consulting, systems integration and automated testing capabilities across all video industry segments. S3 TV Technology provides the StormTest platform that enables video service providers to continuously test and optimise services to improve user experience throughout the service delivery lifecycle.
Upon closing of the acquisition, Accenture Digital Video Services hopes to strengthen its capabilities to help video businesses create and evolve products that can access linear content through broadband (IP) and broadcast networks and non-linear services such as catch-up TV and VoD through broadband networks. These services will be integrated with DevOps capabilities that foster a continuous delivery approach to product development and enable video businesses to leverage cloud and device-based technologies in order to launch, monitor, and iterate their products into the marketplace.
“In the volatile new media and entertainment ecosystem, one thing is unchanged consumers will keep demanding more from their screens of choice,” said Francesco Venturini (pictured), managing director and Accenture Digital Video Services lead. “S3 TV Technology’s test automation solution, live event monitoring, video technology consulting capabilities, and systems integration experience combined with the rich capabilities of Accenture Digital Video Services and Accenture Video Solution software, will create an end-to-end platform that will help video service providers use cutting-edge technology to stay competitive by delivering more innovative features to customers.”
“Video is in our history; it’s in our DNA. Our collaboration and process automation technologies deliver reliable, shared insights into platform performance and service-readiness that can help video service providers make quick updates to meet consumer demand,” said Philip Brennan, managing director, S3 TV Technology. “We are excited to join Accenture, taking advantage of the company’s capabilities, technology, and experience in this industry to enable video service providers to build dynamic, interactive relationships with their customers.”