Accenture buys Cloud Sherpas

Accenture is buying Cloud Sherpas, a leader in cloud advisory and technology services specializing in Google, Salesforce and ServiceNow. The move will strengthens Accenture’s position in the enterprise cloud services market, and it the latest in a series of acquisitons to fill out the company’s digital footprint.

Companies like Accenture and Deloitte which dominated the system’s integration markets have found it harder to lead in the digital space where agility and cost are critical.

 Unlike their IT colleagues, CMO’s and digital leaders recoil form all those long and expensive consulting engagements that where the hallmark of the systems integration world.

That’s why businesses like Sapient and Razorfish tend to do better in the digital agency space than the more traditional accounting and advisory businesses.

More than 1,100 professionals from Cloud Sherpas will be integrated into Accenture‘s new Cloud First Applications team, which delivers cloud services for Google, NetSuite, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Workday and other “pure play” technologies. 

Accenture says the deal will enhance its ability to create differentiated cloud services across leading and emerging application platforms.

“We’ve reached a tipping point in cloud as our clients rapidly adopt cloud solutions,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology officer. “Accenture’s Cloud First agenda is a game-changer that offers transformational cloud services to help clients move their businesses to the cloud and achieve significant business results more quickly.”

David Northington, Cloud Sherpas’ chief executive officer, said, “ Cloud Sherpas was born in the cloud and we are perfectly aligned with Accenture’s Cloud First agenda. The combination of our capabilities and experience with Accenture’s scale, broad industry expertise and global cloud application capabilities represents a unique and compelling opportunity for our clients, for our people, and for the future of cloud technology.”

“The combination of two strategic partners is exciting for our ecosystem and proof positive of momentum around our Customer Success Platform,” said Keith Block, vice chairman and president, Salesforce.

“This move further highlights how our world-class platform is helping ecosystem partners like Accenture and Cloud Sherpas innovate and deliver phenomenal levels of transformation and success for our customers.”

Terms of the deal were unavailable at the time of publication

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