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Accenture buys Cloud Sherpas for SaaS applications push

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Accenture is expanding its cloud consultancy business by agreeing to acquire global advisory firm Cloud Sherpas for an undisclosed sum.

Once the deal is finalised, Accenture said more than 1,100 of Cloud Sherpa's staff will be transferred into its newly created Cloud First Applications team, which helps enterprises get to grips with off-premise software offerings.

Paul Daugherty, chief technology officer of Accenture, said the business unit's aim is to help the firm keep up with the rapid pace of cloud adoption within the enterprise.

"We've reached a tipping point in cloud as our clients rapidly adopt cloud systems," he said.

"Accenture's cloud-first agenda offers transformational cloud services to help clients move their businesses to the cloud and achieve significant business results more quickly."

Cloud Sherpas similarly specialises in helping enterprises worldwide adopt off-premise software-as-a-service (SaaS) technologies from the likes of Google, Salesforce and ServiceNow.

The company was created in 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia, and has since expanded across the globe with offices in Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

David Nothington, CEO of Cloud Sherpas, said the organisation should prove a good fit for Accenture's "cloud-first" push.

"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, our people and the future of cloud technology," he added.

As well as acquisitions, Accenture has previously embarked on a series of partnerships with tech firms such as Microsoft and Oracle to assist enterprises with adopting cloud technologies.

For example, it has been working with firms to bring a co-engineered, Azure-based hybrid cloud platform to market, while its work with Oracle centres on providing enterprises with SaaS and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings.

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