Accenture, Microsoft and Fast establish Innovation Center in Oslo

by Editor 10/21/2008 4:25:00 PM
IT consulting firm Accenture, software giant Microsoft and Fast Search and Transfer have established an innovation centre for search engine technology in Norway. The Fast Innovation Center will strengthen competence development in the area of search and serve as the foundation for new business efforts.

Fast Search and Transfer and Accenture have been partners since 2005. Microsoft bought Fast earlier this year and has made Oslo the focal point of its enterprise search business.

The centre is expected to be similar to Microsoft’s Briefing Center in Redmond, USA, and will become more than just a sales unit. It will be co-located with the Oslo Information Access Disruptions (IAD) centre; Accenture and Fast’s industrial partner, the Center for Research Based Innovation, which is supported by the Research Council of Norway.

The three companies are aiming at their partners and clients as the main target group, but anyone interested in learning more about search technologies is also welcome.

The Fast Innovation Center has an annual budget of $1 million.

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