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September 27, 2016

Accenture buys Workday consultancy specialist

Consultancy firm has made previous acquisitions around SaaS ecosystems like Salesforce.

By James Nunns

Accenture is continuing to expand its technology consultancy expertise by acquiring a Workday specialist.

DayNine, a Workday consulting and deployment services provider, is to be acquired by Accenture in a move which the business says will, “extend Accenture’s already strong position in Workday and provide new value for clients.”

Around 400 DayNine employees will join the existing Accenture Workday group, once the acquisition is completed, and will bring with them 1,250 Workday certifications. The newcomers will work within the Accenture Cloud First Applications team and the combined group will be led by DayNine CEO and co-founder Tim Ramos.

The acquisition will give Accenture the largest certified workforce in the Workday ecosystem, creating a pretty strong market position.

Paul Daugherty, chief technology officer, Accenture, said: “Our clients are increasingly choosing Workday to drive their cloud transformations, so we are taking this important step to meet the growing demand.”

Accenture has been increasing its cloud portfolio.

Accenture has been increasing its cloud portfolio.

 

This will not be Accenture’s first acquisition when it comes to aligning itself more closely to a technology ecosystem which is growing in popularity.

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The consultancy has made a number of acquisitions to try and position itself as the go to business for enterprise cloud services. In the past it has acquired Cloud Sherpas, New Energy Group, Tquilla UK, and ClientHouse.

All of these deals have helped to align it with the growing success of various vendors, such as Salesforce.

Workday is described as an alternative to ERP for HR, an on-demand financial management and human capital management software vendor. The company has been positioned as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud HCM Suites for Midmarket and Large Enterprises.

Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and chief executive officer, Workday, said: “DayNine has already built a very strong Workday practice, and we look forward to seeing how the combined capabilities of Accenture and DayNine will enable Workday customers to take full advantage of what the cloud can offer.”

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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