The new Accenture/Microsoft group elevates a longstanding strategic alliance. It expands combined service capabilities, global scale, and joint solution development to help clients overcome disruption and lead transformation in their industries.
In response, the new organization represents the largest partner investment in harnessing the enterprise-wide potential of Microsoft technology to date.
Building on the success of Avanade, the group will bring together more than 45,000 dedicated professionals. This represents the largest group of Microsoft solution experts in the world. With new joint products and services built on the Microsoft cloud, clients will be able to engage customers in new ways, empower employees, reimagine operations and also invent new products and services.
The Accenture Microsoft Business Group will be led by Emma McGuigan, senior managing director at Accenture. Adam Warby will continue to serve as the CEO of Avanade.
Demand for digital transformation
“The Accenture Microsoft Business Group is a major step forward in our decades-long relationship with Microsoft. It brings Accenture’s industry know-how and transformation skills together with Microsoft’s digital technologies and Avanade’s specialization in the Microsoft ecosystem,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology and innovation officer and chairman of the Avanade board. “The demand for digital transformation, powered by the cloud, has never been greater. We are bringing the leading capabilities of our companies together to meet this demand and deliver innovation to our clients.”
Digital disruption and innovation often occurs within industries. Therefore, the group will co-invest in functional and industry solutions based on Microsoft technologies. Its mission is to provide clients with a comprehensive set of services focused on user experience, analytics and AI, cloud, security, IoT and other critical areas.
To help organizations across all industries, the new group will emphasize helping clients migrate to Microsoft Azure. It will also help customers to effectively harness the power of data and artificial intelligence and optimize Microsoft business processes with Microsoft Dynamics 365. Furthermore, clients can foster modern work and collaboration with Microsoft 365.
Together, Accenture and Avanade have delivered Microsoft projects for clients around the world. They helped companies such as Carlsberg and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) advance their digital transformation agendas.