Accenture and Microsoft deepen alliance

Partnership sees the launch of Accenture Microsoft Business Group

The demand for digital transformation, powered by the cloud, has never been greater.
The demand for digital transformation, powered by the cloud, has never been greater.

Accenture and Microsoft, in conjunction with their joint venture Avanade, have announced the launch of the Accenture Microsoft Business Group.

The new group expands a longstanding alliance between the two companies. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture and Microsoft.

The Accenture Microsoft Business Group will bring together more than 45,000 professionals. It will be led by Emma McGuigan, senior managing director, Accenture, who has been with the company for more than 20 years in various technology leadership roles. Adam Warby will continue to serve as the CEO of Avanade.

“The Accenture Microsoft Business Group is a major step forward in our decades-long relationship with Microsoft. It brings Accenture’s broad industry experience and transformation skills together with Microsoft’s powerful digital technologies and Avanade’s specialisation in the Microsoft ecosystem,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology & 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.”

The group will co-invest in industry products based on Microsoft technologies, with a focus on analytics and AI, cloud, security, IoT among other areas.

The new group will also focus on helping clients migrate to Microsoft Azure and harness the power of data and artificial intelligence, optimise Microsoft business processes with Microsoft Dynamics 365 and foster collaboration with Microsoft 365.

Together, Accenture and Avanade have delivered more than 35,000 Microsoft projects for more than 4,000 clients around the world. Both have been named Microsoft Alliance Partner of the Year 14 times, and Accenture was recently ranked number one by industry analyst firm HFS Research in their Top 10 for Microsoft AI Services 2019 report.

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