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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SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

19 April 2019

UK consulting firm SQW Group has completed its first acquisition since it completed a management buyout in January 2019. BBP Regeneration joins the company having collaborated with SQW for more than 20 years.

Established in 1983, SQW Group now operates all over the world. Comprising SQW, Oxford Innovation, Oxford Innovation Services – one of the UK’s leading innovation centre operators – and Oxford Investment Opportunities Network, the organisation’s origins can be traced to Britain’s two ancient university cities: Oxford, through Oxford Trust founders, Martin and Audrey Wood, and Cambridge, through SQW’s work in producing The Cambridge Phenomenon.

The consultancy specialises in public policy, working with entities from the public, private and voluntary sectors to research, develop, implement and evaluate social and economic development interventions. It now employs over 250 people across regional offices in London, Oxford and Edinburgh, and provides business support to over 4,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses each year. At the start of 2019, SQW secured its independence in a management buyout, advised on by M&A experts from Liberty Corporate Finance and Penningtons Manches.

SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

SQW has strengthened its position as a provider of services across the business spectrum with the acquisition of BBP Regeneration. Founded in 1994, the consulting firm specialises in land and property-based regeneration and growth schemes, and is a leading social and economic development consultancy. 

The two firms first worked together over 20 years ago, when SQW and BBP collaborated to develop the first Regional Economic Strategy for the South East. More recently, they developed an economic strategy for Thanet and are now working together in locations stretching from Cwmbran via Oxfordshire to London.

With the addition of BBP, SQW can now provide an integrated advisory service for organisations developing property schemes which deliver economic benefit to their local area. By joining SQW, meanwhile, BBP hopes to further enhance its ability to support clients in delivering property and place-making ambitions. 

Speaking about the deal, SQW CEO David Crichton-Miller commented, “The UK more than ever needs solutions to the challenges of places – of high streets under threat, of meeting housing delivery targets, and of both economically over-successful and economically challenged towns and cities – and the combination of SQW and BBP is uniquely suited to developing those solutions. [This deal] brings together critical and complementary services relating to places to serve our clients with leading edge and practical advice.”

Andy Smith, Director of BBP Regeneration, added, “SQW shares with BBP the same values of seeking to provide outstanding, practical, real world advice that helps get buildings built and places developed.  We greatly look forward to the opportunities that come from joining our two organisations together.”