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Accenture deal to buy Cloud Sherpas

Global management consultancy firm Accenture is to acquire cloud advisory and technology services company Cloud Sherpas.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Accenture says the purchase of Cloud Sherpas will strengthen its position in the market as an enterprise cloud services provider and enhance its ability to provide clients with “unparalleled cloud strategy, technology consulting, and cloud application implementation, integration and management services.”

The deal will see more than 1,100 professionals from Cloud Sherpas join the newly created Accenture Cloud First Applications team, which delivers cloud services for Google, NetSuite, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Workday and other “pure play” technologies.

Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology officer, said combining with Cloud Sherpas will further expand Accenture’s 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.

“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. I look forward to welcoming the talented professionals of Cloud Sherpas to Accenture.”

Daugherty said Accenture was one of the first global companies to establish a strategic alliance partnership with Salesforce and today has leading capabilities in Salesforce with more than 2,700 unique certified professionals.

He said, after combining with Cloud Sherpas, Accenture will add another 500 certified professionals to its team.

Founded in 2007, Cloud Sherpas has grown from start-up to a global cloud advisory and technology services leader, providing cloud strategy, implementation and integration services to clients around the globe, including Google, Salesforce and ServiceNow.

David Northington, Cloud Sherpas’ CEO, said, “We are thrilled to be joining forces with Accenture. 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.”

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