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PwC, Google join forces in Africa

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PwC South Africa has entered into a joint business relationship with Google, with the aim of bringing new and innovative solutions to companies across Africa through PwC’s Africa Network.
The rapid pace of innovation in technology has fundamentally changed how and where work gets done, driving organisations to transform their businesses for the future. Together, PwC and Google aim to help that digital transformation happen.
From Google, companies get exciting innovation and technology platforms; while PwC brings deep industry experience, a broad range of business services and client insights, from strategy through to execution. Together, PwC and Google will help companies succeed by leveraging PwC’s business insights along with Google’s Apps for Work and its Cloud Platform. In doing so, PwC and Google will guide companies seeking to break new ground in their businesses — not only to compete with new entrants and adapt to disruptive market forces — but also to lead the innovation themselves.
“Ultimately, our collaboration is about helping clients to embrace their journey to the cloud, and transform their organisations to thrive and maintain relevance in a rapidly changing world,” says Liesbeth Botha, PwC’s Africa Strategic Digital Transformation leader.
PwC Africa has also begun introducing Google for Work applications to its own operations. PwC Africa is transitioning its staff to Google for Work Apps, transforming how they collaborate and driving enhanced productivity and innovation.
PwC Africa launched its first Africa Innovation Zone in Cape Town in July 2016, in PwC South Africa’s new offices located in Silo 5 in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Created in collaboration with local artists, the space aims to break the corporate mould and drive people to think about business issues differently.
“Bringing design thinking into this PwC space gives PwC the ability to co-create with multi-disciplinary teams, and to bring fresh insights to problems worth solving,” says Michael O’Carroll, PwC South Africa’s Cape Town Innovation Zone manager. PwC Africa will also use this space to collaborate with Google to reimagine a client’s digital transformation journey, using Google’s technology (Google for Work and Google Cloud platform).