About Accenture (IT Consulting)

Growth of a Global Leader

Accenture is a success story by any measure. The company's history has been more than 60 years in the making-from the earliest days as a pioneer in the new world of information technology in the 1950s to its position today as a Fortune Global 500 industry leader.

Initially called Andersen Consulting, Accenture was formally established in 1989 when a group of partners from the Consulting division of the various Arthur Andersen firms around the world formed a new organization.

Their goal: to create a new consulting and technology services company built on the idea of "business integration," or aligning a company's people, processes and technology under one strategy to improve business performance.  Within 10 years, Andersen Consulting had grown into a global brand.

On January 1, 2001, the company renamed itself Accenture and launched one of the largest and most successful re-branding campaigns in corporate history. The new name-deriving from "accent on the future"-reinforced Accenture's new positioning and reflected the organization's further growth and broadened set of capabilities.  Accenture also went public in 2001, listing its stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ACN.

Today Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 249,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.

Strive for five

Accenture delivers its services via five industry-focused operating groups: communications, media and technology, financial services, products, health and public service and resources.  This industry focus provides Accenture's professionals with a thorough understanding of industry evolution, business issues and applicable technologies, enabling Accenture to deliver solutions tailored to each client's industry.

Accenture anywhere

Today, Accenture is one of the largest companies of its kind in the world.  It prides itself-and capitalizes-on being able to deliver its services from more than 50 centers in its global delivery network, as well as from many Accenture and client sites, depending on skills and language requirements, costs and the client's location. The firm has extensive relationships with the world's leading companies and governments and work with organizations of all sizes-including 92 of the Fortune Global 100 and more than three quarters of the Fortune Global 500. Acting as One Global Network, Accenture people seamlessly collaborate and innovate across offices and operations in more than 200 cities in 54 countries through the use of innovative collaboration tools, such as their 100 Telepresence sites and internal Knowledge Exchange.  

Driving innovation

The sheer scale of capabilities and client engagements differentiates Accenture from most other companies. Many of the company's clients are global organizations, so Accenture technologists are regularly tasked with crafting solutions and building systems that affect companies around the world-creating the infrastructure of business today. Needless to say, the variety of work on offer is almost endless, as well as innovative-both factors that the firm is keen to highlight to potential hires.

Reporting from the frontlines

When they are not helping multinational companies improve their performance, Accenture's consultants can contribute to the company's thought leadership by writing reports and papers  published by the Accenture Institute for High Performance, which applies academic research to the problems facing today's businesses and organizations.  Many of the published papers appear in major international newspapers, such as the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and The New York Times, as well as magazines and journals, while others have a more limited circulation as research notes and papers in books.

So ingrained is a culture of staying ahead of the game that Accenture even has its own research and development technology labs where it investigates new and emerging technologies, uncovering new trends and helping clients take advantage of the opportunities they offer.  Made up of 150 professionals, the technology R&D team operates from four labs in the U.S., France, India, and China, and like the Accenture Institute for High Performance, they too produce volumes of research known as Points of View.  In addition, the firm publishes the digital journal Outlook, released three times a year, which focuses on high-performance business strategies written by industry experts.  It also produces a newsletter called The Point, written by its global financial services executives.  The publication delves into current trends and analysis in financial services, covering topics such as risk management, deregulated markets and customer retention.  Each operating group and growth platform within Accenture contributes to getting the word out by publishing their own external publications.

Building for a better future

Accenture is helping make a sustainable impact in communities around the world. Through its Skills to Succeed initiative, the company will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get jobs or build businesses. It is equally committed to minimizing its environmental footprint, and has implemented actions such as water-heating systems powered by the sun to collaboration tools that reduce energy-intensive commuting options. Employees can become involved with grassroots employee eco teams that are helping implementing more eco-efficient office practices, or help clients integrate sustainable solutions into their business.



May 2012

Doing well on diversity

Accenture claimed the top spot on Diversity MBA Magazine's "50 Out Front for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Diverse Managers to Work," marking our fourth consecutive year on the list. As further testament to the firm's commitment to inclusion and diversity, Accenture is something of a permanent fixture on DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity, Working Mother's 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers, and as a perfect scoring company on the 2012 Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.


April 2012

Moving corporate citizenship forward

The company released its 2010-2011 corporate citizenship report, "Our Journey Forward," which showcases Accenture's global corporate citizenship goals, progress and challenges. The report also highlights Accenture's corporate citizenship focus, Skills to Succeed, which will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. Explore the interactive report at accenture.com/corporatecitizenshipreport.


March 2012

World's most admired

Accenture was included for the tenth consecutive year on Fortune's list of the World's Most Admired Companies; the company ranked No. 43 among the Top 50 most admired companies overall in 2012. In addition, Accenture has been named to FORTUNE magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the past four consecutive years.


November 2011

Global branding

Accenture released the latest installment of its new global brand campaign. According to the company, the campaign "demonstrates the full breadth and depth of our capabilities and industry experience." The full campaign can be found at accenture.com/advertising.


July 2011

10-year anniversary

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of its initial public offering (IPO), Accenture rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on July 19, 2011. In the decade since going public, the company's workforce has almost tripled, while revenues almost doubled over the same period.


January 2011

Pierre Nanterme assumes CEO role

On January 1, 2011 Pierre Nanterme assumed the role of chief executive officer of Accenture, succeeding William D. Green.  Mr. Green, who was CEO since September 2004 and assumed the additional role of chairman in September 2006, remains as chairman.

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Accenture (IT Consulting)

1345 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10105
Phone: (917) 452-4400
Fax: (917) 527-9915


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: ACN
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • CEO: Pierre Nanterme
  • 2011 Employees: 236,000

  • Employment Contact

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Accenture Interactive
    Accenture Software
    Application Modernization & Optimization
    Application Outsourcing
    Capacity Services
    Cloud Services
    Data Center
    Global Delivery
    Human Capital Management
    Information Management
    Infrastructure Outsourcing
    IT Service Excellence
    IT Strategy & Transformation
    Network Technology
    Open Source
    Smart Grid
    Systems Integration Consulting
    Technology Architecture
    Technology Consulting
    Testing Services
    Workplace Enablement
    Operating Groups
    Communications Media & Technology
    Financial Services
    Health & Public Service

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY

Key Financials

  • 2011 Revenue: $25,500 million

Vault Company ID: 9989569

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