Accenture and Microsoft launch Accenture Microsoft Business Group

08 February 2019 3 min. read
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Management and tech consultancy Accenture, together with Microsoft and their joint venture Avanade, have launched a the Accenture Microsoft Business Group (AMBG). The 10,000-person group will focus on digital transformations enabled by Microsoft platforms.

Accenture and Microsoft in 2000 launched Avanade to deliver enterprise solutions across the world using Microsoft platforms. That joint venture – majority-owned by Accenture – now has 35,000 professionals tackling client needs, ranging from AI to cloud to security.

Accenture and Microsoft have now further strengthened their relationship with the launch of AMBG. The group will focus on Microsoft Azure migrations, business process optimization via Microsoft Dynamics 365, and modern work and collaboration improvement via Microsoft 365.

AMBG’s and Avanade's combined employees gives Accenture a massive 45,000-strong detachment of Microsoft experts.

Accenture, however, doesn’t have all its technological eggs in one platform basket. The firm also partners with tech titans including Google, Amazon Web Services, and Apple to provide clients with whatever solution best fits their situation.

Accenture and Microsoft launch new Accenture Microsoft Business Group

In any case, the move reinforces Accenture’s position as a top Microsoft Partner. Accenture and Avanade have together been named Microsoft Alliance Partner of the Year 14 times. Meanwhile, HFS Research recently named Accentur the number-one firm for Microsoft AI Services in 2019.

Accenture and Avanade have already delivered more than 35,000 Microsoft projects to more than 4,000 global clients, and AMBG will further crank up the volume of Microsoft platform implementations as demand for digital transformation continues to grow.

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

“The demand for digital transformation, powered by the cloud, has never been greater,” Daugherty added. “We are bringing the leading capabilities of our companies together to meet this demand and deliver innovation to our clients.”

AMBG will be headed by Accenture senior managing director Emma McGuigan, who has been with the consultancy for over 20 years. As global lead for AMBG, she will drive Accenture’s overall Microsoft business—including strategy, innovation, market differentiation, the Microsoft alliance relationship, and Avanade. Meanwhile, Adam Warby will continue to serve as Avanade’s CEO.

McGuigan previously served as group technology officer for Accenture’s communications, media and technology operating group, a role in wich she oversaw strategy, partnerships, and the positioning of emerging technology to drive consulting work. McGuigan was also formerlly managing director of Accenture’s technology business in the UK and Ireland.

“Every company is becoming a digital company,” Judson Althoff, Microsoft's executive vice president of worldwide commercial business, said. “Building on our successful partnership with Accenture and Avanade, we will help customers fuel innovation at scale and lead their industries into the future. This is core to our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

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