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Accenture and Avanade named Leaders in IDC Microsoft implementation assessment

02 Sep 2021

Accenture and Avanade have jointly received Leader status on IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Microsoft Implementation Services 2021 Vendor Assessment, the companies have announced.

Because of the tight integration between Accenture and Avanade’s capabilities for Microsoft services, the two companies were evaluated as a single entity for the study.

The IDC report measured 13 Microsoft application system integrators against a set of parameters that the analyst firm anticipated to be the ‘most conducive to success’ in providing a Microsoft implementation service.

According to the report, buyers rated Accenture and Avanade highly for their ability to integrate their teams with customers’ internal teams, meet project timelines and handle changes in project scope. It is the 15th time the two companies have been named a Microsoft Alliance Partner of the Year.

“With the largest group of Microsoft solution experts in the world, Accenture and Avanade’s growth and innovation strategies remain highly differentiated in the market,” says IDC research director Ali Zaidi.

“Its joint products and services built on the Microsoft cloud help clients engage with customers in new ways, empower employees and reimagine operations.”

In its report, IDC mentions how Accenture, Avanade, and Microsoft help clients formulate new strategies and industry solutions to drive innovation and growth in the digital era. 

“The Accenture Microsoft Business Group — launched in February 2019 — elevates the long-standing Accenture, Avanade, and Microsoft relationship, expanding combined service capabilities, global scale, and joint solution development to help clients overcome disruption and lead transformation in their industries,” according to the report.

Accenture senior managing director Chris Howarth says he’s proud of his company’s recognition as a Leader. “It is a testament to our ability to provide clients with strong enterprise transformation solutions on the Microsoft platform,” Howarth says. 

“We’re embedding our industry experience into the fabric of our client’s organisations – using flexible cloud technologies powered by Microsoft Azure, and by baking in industry leading data and intelligence capabilities – to help them accelerate value and respond to change.”

Avanade CEO Pam Maynard says the report solidifies the company’s standing in the industry.

“Helping clients to become resilient and agile, and advising them on how to maximise the potential of their Microsoft investment to drive growth, is at the heart of what we do to make a genuine human impact. 

“To be positioned as a leader by the IDC MarketScape in Microsoft implementation services is great recognition and a true testament to the knowledge, skills and leading industry solutions our teams deliver every day.”

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