Accenture buys Workday consultancy and implementation firm DayNine

04 October 2016

Accenture has acquired US-based Workday consultancy and implementation firm DayNine. The acquisition sees more than 400 professionals and 1,200 Workday certificates join Accenture’s Cloud First Application team, making it, according to the firm, one of the largest Workday providers globally. Former CEO of DayNine, Tim Ramos, takes leadership of the team.

DayNine’s headquarters is situated in Pleasanton, California. The company was founded in 2009 by Tim Ramos, Jeanne Bauhart and John Harless, all former employees of PeopleSoft implementer Ramos & Associates. The startup has since grown to 15 offices across seven countries. The firm provides a range of Workday consulting services and implementation offerings to clients across a wide breadth of industries. The firm employs around 400 professionals who combined hold more than 1,200 Workday certificates.

The space for workflow and ERP system consultancy and implementation has seen rapid growth in recent years, with a range of consultancy firms picking up expertise in IT consulting and implementation services beyond the traditional SAP or Oracle powerhouses, including the likes of Workday, Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics.

Accenture’s acquisition of DayNine will see the Workday specialist and all of its employees integrated into the firm’s Cloud First Applications unit. The acquisition significantly boosts the Accenture’s end-to-end Workday delivery and consulting capabilities across the US and Europe – the move propels Accenture up the league tables into pole position in the Workday space, in terms of the number of certified Workday employees on the payroll.

Accenture buys DayNine

Much of the growth of Accenture’s Cloud First Applications practice in recent years has been bolted on inorganically: last year it acquired Salesforce expert Cloud Sherpas (1,100 professionals) and in January this year it purchased CRMWaypoint, a Netherlands-based cloud provider. Previous acquisitions include that of Salesforce and Veeva Systems solution providers, Tquila UK and ClientHouse. The addition of New Energy Group last month added around 450 professionals to its footprint. 

Commenting on the DayNine deal, Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology Officer of Accenture, says, “Our clients are increasingly choosing Workday to drive their cloud transformations, so we are taking this important step to meet the growing demand. DayNine is a leading exclusive Workday partner and will bring an enviable track record and impressive team that will provide our clients even greater value and business results as they transform their organisations using Workday. I look forward to welcoming the leadership and talented professionals of DayNine to Accenture.”

DayNine co-founder Ramos, who has been named the group’s new leader, remarks, “We are excited to join forces with Accenture. The breadth of Accenture’s industry expertise brings incredible opportunities to customers looking to leverage the cloud for their financial management and HR transformations. Our combined teams and capabilities will be able to deliver a full range of transformational and deployment services for Workday customers around the globe.”

Earlier this year another Workday expert, CPSG Partners (200 professionals) was picked up by Mercer, while Aon Hewitt last year acquired Kloud, a European-based Workday consulting expert.


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