Accenture acquires Edenhouse and Infinity Works in the UK

17 February 2021 Consultancy.uk 4 min. read
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Global consultancy and technology giant Accenture has significantly beefed up its digital consulting capabilities in the UK with the acquisitions of Edenhouse and Infinity Works, adding 660 professionals to its team.

Founded in 2008, Edenhouse specialises in the sale, implementation, support, and hosting of SAP products and services to mid-sized businesses. As an SAP platinum partner, Edenhouse’s professionals have a broad breadth of technical knowledge, coupled with deep industry and line of business experience, spanning on-premise and cloud-based solutions. According to Paul Solomon, CEO at Edenhouse, the two firms are a close cultural fit, including putting business outcomes at the heart of work, and leveraging deep relationships with SAP.

Soloman added, “Being part of Accenture will provide amazing opportunities for our staff and our clients… We’re excited to be able to bring the combination of our people, technology and industry excellence to take digital transformation to the next level for our clients.”

Accenture makes duo of digital acquisitions in UKFollowing the undisclosed transaction, Edenhouse’s team of 220 professionals will now join Accenture’s SAP Business Group in the UK to support the local business while benefiting from access to global resources and skills. The acquisition will scale Accenture’s capabilities in the UK to address accelerated demand for SAP’s cloud-based solutions.

John Erik Ellingsen, Intelligent Platform Services Lead for the UK and Ireland at Accenture, commented, “The global pandemic has increased demand for SAP’s cloud-based solutions and the additional skills we now have access to will enable us to rapidly meet the needs of our clients, helping them to progress more quickly on their path to value and become more sustainable businesses for the future.”

Elsewhere, Accenture recently purchased New Zealand-based SAP and cloud solutions technology firm Zag. That move also boosted Accenture’s New Zealand and Australian digital transformation capabilities to meet increased demand from organisations migrating to the cloud and SAP’s next-generation products.

Infinity Works

Days after this first announcement, Accenture also confirmed the purchase of cloud and digital transformation consultancy Infinity Works. The move aims at strengthening and expanding the cloud delivery and engineering capabilities of Accenture Cloud First in the UK.

Founded in 2014, Infinity Works employs approximately 440 highly skilled people including experienced software engineers, data engineers, cloud architects, and cloud certified specialists. As with the move for Edenhouse, Infinity Works brings with it a number of deep relationships with key ecosystem players, including AWS – of which it is currently recognised as an Advanced Consulting Partner in the AWS Partner Network.

Headquartered in Leeds, Infinity Works has offices across the UK including Manchester, Edinburgh and London, and helps some of the country's most recognised brands digitally transform. It provides a range of value-adding services including cloud, data, design and research, cloud and engineering specialisation and increases our ability to leverage cloud-native architectures, applications and methods to help clients innovate and operate with speed and flexibility at scale.

Paul Henshaw, Co-Founder at Infinity Works, remarked, “Ever since Infinity Works was founded, we have used cloud-first approaches to help our customers migrate to the cloud and enable them to digitally transform at scale and speed. We are proud of our proven experience of delivering across multiple sectors using a combination mobile, and full-stack engineering.”

Speaking on the deal, which also concludes for an undisclosed fee, Karthik Narain, Global Lead of Accenture Cloud First, confirmed, “Acquiring Infinity Works is a significant step in advancing our Accenture Cloud First strategy and capabilities in the UK, and in achieving our purpose to deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity. The Infinity Works team brings deep cof our unique working culture, values, and technical expertise. Accenture's resources and capabilities will enable us to better support our customers' digital projects while providing them with the same exceptional levels of service they've come to expect.”

The news follows the recent creation of Accenture Cloud First, a new multi-service group of 70,000 cloud professionals, and a $3 billion investment over three years to rapidly expand its cloud service capabilities and offerings. Accenture Cloud First integrates the company’s wide-ranging cloud expertise to help clients across every industry accelerate their digital transformation and realize greater value at speed and scale by rapidly becoming "cloud first" businesses.