Accenture acquires US agile and scrum consultancy SolutionsIQ

12 June 2017 Consultancy.uk

Accenture has acquired agile and scrum expert firm SolutionsIQ for an undisclosed sum. The addition boosts the firm’s presence in the high-demand software agile and scrum space, with companies globally under increased pressure to successfully transform their organisation.

SolutionsIQ is a US-based performance improvement consulting firm. The company, which has offices across the US, including in Boston, Charlotte, San Jose and Portland, with an additional base in Bangalore, was founded more than 35 years ago, and today provides a range of Agile and Scrum transformation services to clients, in the areas of organisations change, improvement of customer experience and creating greater business value.

Agile software development refers to a group of software development methodologies based on iterative development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams. Scrum meanwhile is the most commonly used subset of Agile, and provides a lightweight process framework for Agile development.

Accenture acquires SolutionsIQ

The acquisition of SolutionsIQ by Accenture adds more than 230 Agile experts to its business, as demand for the service, particularly in the software business, continues to grow with digitalisation trends, and while project failures become increasingly costly.

Through the addition, the firm believes it is in a better position to support its clients seeking to transform their business in the area of new IT systems. The deal brings decades of experience to the firm, the target has a team of highly experience Agile coaches - that join Accenture’s own expertise in the area.

“This acquisition brings tremendous value to Accenture and our clients,” said Bhaskar Ghosh, Group Chief Executive at Accenture Technology Services. “Today Agile is more than just a software development methodology. For the digital enterprise that is rotating to rapidly evolving digital technologies – or New IT – it’s becoming a way of life. SolutionsIQ coaches, who are among the most sought-after experts in the industry, will expand our ability to help clients reduce investment risk, accelerate time to market for new products and services, and support design that delivers better customer experiences.”

Commenting on the transition John Rudd, Chief Executive Officer at SolutionsIQ said that the firm “couldn’t be more thrilled” about joining forces with Accenture. He added, “Agile is about fostering a culture of empowerment and collaboration that enables rapid delivery of innovation at the speed of business today. As part of Accenture, we will help clients navigate the complexities of Agile and unlock their creative power to develop new capabilities.”

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