Accenture has made a strategic investment, through Accenture Ventures, in Interos, an operational resilience and supply chain risk management company that uses machine learning to monitor global business relationships and identify risks.
The Interos platform uses AI and machine learning to monitor and analyze a wide array of supply chain issues in real time across multiple risk categories, including financial, operational, governance, geographic, and cybersecurity.
“Organizations need a better way to understand not only their own cybersecurity vulnerabilities, but potential risks across the entire scope of their supply chains,” said Kelly Bissell, who leads Accenture Security globally.
“With Interos, we can help our clients see the typical ‘blind spots’ in their global supply chains. Through a holistic, real-time view of global business relationships and developments, they can review, monitor and anticipate cyber threats and other risks to their business that might normally go unnoticed until it’s too late.”
With a current valuation of more than $1 billion USD, Interos is the latest company to join Accenture Ventures’ Project Spotlight, an engagement and investment program that connects emerging technology software startups with the Global 2000 to fill strategic innovation gaps.
Project Spotlight offers extensive access to Accenture’s domain expertise and its enterprise clients, helping startups harness human creativity and deliver on the promise of their technology.
Jennifer Bisceglie, CEO of Interos said, “The ongoing disruption to the global supply chain, which continues to escalate, has brought the issue of risk and resilience from the back room to the board room.
“Our research has shown that large companies are losing an average of $184 million annually because of supply chain disruption.
“There has never been a stronger case for automated and continuous supply chain monitoring which can only be accomplished with AI and machine learning capabilities.
“This investment from Accenture will allow us to plug into new markets across the globe and bring real-time, effective insight and operational resilience to companies urgently trying improve their supply chain management.”
Terms of the investment were not disclosed.