October 04, 2016

Accenture Raises the Bar with New Salesforce Capabilities that Drive Client Innovation in the Cloud

Strategic acquisitions, introduction of new Fullforce solutions and increases in uniquely certified Salesforce professionals drive growth of Accenture Cloud First Applications team

NEW YORK; Oct. 4, 2016 – Accenture was one of the first global companies to establish a strategic alliance partnership with Salesforce, and today Accenture has leading capabilities in Salesforce, with more than 8,100 Salesforce skilled professionals. Moreover, Accenture has become the first Salesforce alliance partner to reach 1,000 Service Cloud certifications in the industry, a testament to its investment in building deep specialist skills in the Salesforce ecosystem.

Following the acquisition of Cloud Sherpas last year, the Accenture Cloud First Applications team – which delivers cloud services for Salesforce and other “pure play” cloud technologies – has continued investing in its Cloud First agenda, making major moves to expand Accenture’s position as the leading enterprise cloud services provider, increasing its Salesforce capabilities in particular. Among them were the acquisitions of Salesforce solution providers CRMWaypoint and New Energy Group, both completed in 2016.

“Whether it’s leveraging AI with Salesforce Einstein, introducing new industry solutions or training the largest ecosystem workforce, we are pleased to continue expanding our relationship with Salesforce as a leading ecosystem partner,” said Saideep Raj, managing director, Cloud First Applications, Accenture. “Our clients are seeking to solve bigger business challenges with Salesforce solutions, and they are turning to Accenture for help to unlock business value at speed. Our investments in world-leading Salesforce capabilities are guiding our clients on their path to transformation with the agility that they seek in today’s cloud-first world.”

Accenture has leveraged its close collaboration with Salesforce to create a deep portfolio of industry solutions that support as-a-service innovation, which to date total 15 Fullforce solutions, more than doubling the number over the last year. Among them is extending the capabilities of Salesforce Health Cloud – which provides life sciences companies and healthcare providers with an integrated solution to improve patient support and deliver increased personalized patient experience and care—and working together to bring Accenture Cloud Trade Promotion Management and Accenture Cloud Retail Execution to market. Combining Accenture’s front office consumer goods industry expertise and Salesforce’s leading cloud, mobile, social and data science capabilities, the Accenture Cloud software suite provides consumer goods companies with a single system for trade and marketing operations.

Last week, Accenture introduced two new cloud solutions that are enabled by its strong relationship with Salesforce and deep industry insights including:

“Accenture continues to make aggressive moves to meet the increasingly complex demands of our joint customers by using the Salesforce platform as a springboard for innovation across key industries,” said Tyler Prince, EVP, WW Alliances & Go-to-Market Innovation, Salesforce. “With new industry solutions, thousands of skilled Salesforce consultants and rapidly expanding capability, Accenture is a top strategic partner. We look forward to further collaborations to help our mutual customers succeed and digitally transform their businesses.”

In the past, Accenture has been recognized as a Salesforce Implementation Partner Leader in Forrester Research Inc.’s report “The Forrester Wave™: Salesforce.com Implementation Partners, Q2 2015 and was positioned in the “Winner’s Circle” in the HfS Blueprint Report: Salesforce Services. Most recently, analyst firm capioIT named Accenture as the overall Market Maker leader in the Capture Share Report for Salesforce.com global systems integration and services provider market.

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 384,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Accenture is a leader in helping organizations move to the cloud to take advantage of a new era of service delivery and flexibility, where applications, infrastructure and business processes are brought together and delivered As-a-Service. Accenture’s Cloud First agenda offers comprehensive, industry-focused cloud services including strategy, implementation, migration and managed services, and assets including the Accenture Cloud Platform that can drive broader transformational programs for clients. Accenture has worked on over 20,000 cloud computing projects for clients, including three-quarters of the Fortune Global 100, and has more than 31,000 professionals trained in cloud computing.

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Alexander Aizenberg
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