Accenture Positioned as a Leader in 2017 IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Cloud ERP Implementation

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Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has been named a leader in the inaugural IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Cloud ERP Implementation Services (Doc #US41523417), excelling in the two primary categories: Strategies and Capabilities.

“Accenture is a leader in global cloud ERP implementation services, offering clients a wider range of consulting and implementation services, with an emphasis on business as well as technology change”

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The report, the first of its kind from an analyst firm, evaluated 11 providers on a range of criteria, with a heavy emphasis on the input of cloud ERP Implementation Services buyers. IDC defines ERP Implementation Services as the IT consulting and systems integration services required to implement the SaaS versions of F&A, HR, SCM/Procurement, PPM and CRM application suites. When IDC asked buyers what characteristics were important for a cloud ERP implementation services project to be successful at a worldwide level, the top two characteristics were “ability to achieve desired business outcomes” and “meets the project timeline.”

In making its assessment, IDC highlighted the breadth and depth of Accenture’s cloud services portfolio. IDC also pointed to Accenture’s ability to provide industry, functional, and technical insights and competence to achieve desired business outcomes and provide vertical-specific product/services solutions. The strength of Accenture’s cloud ERP strategy and functionality roadmap – including plans to increase offerings for cloud ERP implementation services across all ERP functions, major regions and industries – was a critical factor in the firm’s placement.

Buyers rated Accenture highly for its ability to optimize the mix of onshore/offshore efforts needed on a project. Similarly, IDC rated Accenture highly for the pace and productivity of its innovation/R&D.

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“Accenture is a leader in global cloud ERP implementation services, offering clients a wider range of consulting and implementation services, with an emphasis on business as well as technology change,” said Ali Zaidi, research director, IT Consulting and Systems Integration Business Strategies at IDC. “Accenture should be on the shortlist where users are looking for an optimal balance of onshore, nearshore, and offshore recurves; where they are looking to integrate cloud ERP solutions with on-premise solutions; and where they seek tight project management including deadline discipline.”

“In addition to innovation, our clients are challenged on how to scale their core businesses using digital technologies or risk becoming obsolete. This report on Accenture’s cloud ERP expertise affirms that we have the right people, processes and technology in place to help our clients successfully transform their complex environments into high-performance engines,” said Paul Daugherty, chief technology & innovation officer at Accenture.

Accenture has made several notable acquisitions in the cloud ERP space over the last several years, including Workday services partner DayNine and Salesforce implementers, such as Phase One, Media Hive, New Energy Group, CRMWaypoint, Cloud Sherpas, Tquila and ClientHouse. Accenture’s dedicated ERP practices include:

  • Oracle: The two companies have teamed together for more than two decades, forming the Accenture Oracle Business Group over two years ago to develop and deliver integrated, industry-specific solutions across SaaS, PaaS and IaaS;
  • SAP: Accenture has one of the world’s largest SAP practices, delivering projects each year to clients around the globe. Accenture and SAP have collaborated to co-develop and co-innovate on the SAP® Business Suite 4 SAP HANA® and SAP® Leonardo digital innovation system;
  • Microsoft: Accenture together with Avanade have the largest Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP and CRM services team in the world with over 3,000 professionals across 25+ countries, and provide best of breed industry capabilities, IP and scale through their Dynamics 365 Center of Excellence.

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

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 411,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at