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Accenture Acquires Intrepid to Bolster Mobile Digital Transformation Services

Accenture has acquired Boston-based mobile design and development firm Intrepid, saying mobile solutions are a key aspect of the digital transformation services it wants to provide.

Accenture says Intrepid will expand its capabilities in design, native app development, connected device engineering, and web development.

“Mobile solutions are a cornerstone of digital business transformation. When combined with connected devices they offer a broad set of opportunities for our clients to re-invent their business models,” said Ankur Mathur, managing director, Accenture Digital.

Intrepid’s 150 employees will join Accenture Digital, including those working at the company’s Boston office.

The acquisition adds new studio capabilities to Accenture’s interactive unit, known as Accenture Digital, as well as a dozen coaches to train professionals in new technologies, such as augmented reality and machine learning.

Analysts say Intrepid would accelerate Accenture’s investment in development tools like Unity and React, which are said to be seeing high demand.

One of Intrepid’s apps allows people to control and monitor connected devices at home, while another helps runners to improve efficiency and avoid injury.

“It has long been our mission to build great digital experiences and bring connected devices to life for everyone, everywhere,” said Mark Kasdorf, founder and CEO of Intrepid. The Boston firm had had barely two employees in 2010. Another noteworthy point is that most of its employees are reportedly the products of its own training programs.

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Accenture is increasingly focusing on digital technologies and agile developmental methods. It recently purchased Redmond, WA-based SolutionsIQ for the latter’s a team of agile coaches.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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