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Accenture Snaps Up Cloud Sherpas to Bolster Cloud Service

Accenture has further bolstered its cloud service arm by acquiring Cloud Sherpas, a cloud-computing consulting firm delivering services to the likes of Google Inc and ServiceNow.

It is not clear what Accenture paid for Sherpas, but what is clear is that the acquisition adds a unique ability to Accenture’s arsenal: Sherpas’ solutions help discover which Cloud service fits an enterprise’s need.

Moving a business to cloud is not easy. Sherpas’ solutions deals with this major hurdle standing in the way of Cloud consulting firms by making clear the business objectives that a particular cloud service can deliver and examining if the enterprise has the capacity to absorb the change.

Accenture plans to fold Atlanta-based Cloud Sherpas into the newly created Accenture Cloud First Applications team, adding more than 500 cloud consultants to its global workforce.

This is Accenture’s fourth acquisition in the Cloud services sector recently having bought Tquila, ClientHouse GmbH and Madrid-based cloud-consulting firm Solium.

Analysts say the acquisition consolidates Accenture’s already-dominant position in Salesforce services, strengthening its hand in protecting clients from moving out to competitors like Capgemini and IBM.

Today Accenture has a team of more than 2,700 consultants devoted to helping with Salesforce integration. Accenture says Sherpas will expand its ability to create “differentiated” cloud services across emerging application platforms.

“We’ve reached a tipping point in Cloud as our clients rapidly adopt cloud solutions,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology officer. “Accenture’s Cloud First agenda is a game-changer that offers transformational cloud services to help clients move their businesses to the cloud and achieve significant business results more quickly.”

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Founded in 2007, Cloud Sherpas has grown from start-up to a global provider of cloud advisory and technology services, offering cloud strategy, implementation and integration services.

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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