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Accenture’s 150k new hires to work from metaverse

Swiftly shifting towards the new age of technology, information technology services consultant, Accenture has announced to onboard 150,000 new hires who will use VR headsets to work from the metaverse on their first day. The company’s virtual campus on the metaverse is called the Nth floor, and people will meet, collaborate and learn there. The immersive experience is said to be 30-40% more productive than traditional ways of learning.

According to the company, the Metaverse and Web3 are transforming the virtual world. Accenture has launched the Accenture Metaverse Continuum business group, led by Paul Daugherty, group chief executive for technology and chief technology officer.

The metaverse requires a range of digital skills. Skills in demand include distributed ledger experts and token economists, those who understand the economics of creating tokenised products.

It also needs skills in XR, blockchain, gaming, security, and AI. It needs Unity and Unreal developers, and experts in 3D commerce, digital currency, and digital asset markets.

The company plans to hire 3D artists and game designers. The Ireland-based multinational company also looks to scale up its metaverse for business for which the company plans to onboard Indian talent.

Accenture has also created digital twins of many of its physical offices – Bengaluru, Madrid, and San Francisco – to provide familiar environments for its people to meet, collaborate, and network. Accenture has 600 patents in the metaverse already.

According to the company, there are two distinct use cases for the metaverse. Internet-of-place or shared collaborative experiences can be immersive in 3D and internet-of-identity, where blockchain creates a unique identity for digital objects so that they can’t be replicated.

Accenture’s India centre houses a studio to work on client requirements for the metaverse including developing the architecture for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). NFTs are unique cryptographic tokens that exist on a blockchain and cannot be replicated.

Chocolate maker Mars recently teamed with Accenture and Microsoft to digitise its supply chain and is now extending this into the metaverse with digital simulations, factoring in variabilities, such as climate and disruptions, and maintaining greater visibility from the point of origin to the place of consumption. Tech Observer

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