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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.
The company built its reputation primarily as a technology consultant and systems integrator. By the late 1980s, Accenture began offering a new breed of business integration solutions to clients—solutions that aligned organizations' technologies, processes and people with their strategies.
Throughout its history, Accenture has expanded its offerings and capitalized on evolving management trends and technologies to benefit its clients. The company pioneered systems integration and business integration; led the deployment of enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management and electronic services; and has established itself as a leader in today's global marketplace.
Today Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 293,000 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.
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 91 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 Accenture averages approximately 43 million videoconferencing minutes per year.
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 190 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, including the annual Accenture Technology Vision. They also have a network of more than 40 Accenture Innovation Centers around the world, helping Accenture and client leadership teams break through and discover new sources of value through innovation.
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 700,000 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.
1345 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10105
Employer Type: Public
Stock Symbol: ACN
Stock Exchange: NYSE
CEO: Pierre Nanterme
2017 Employees (All Locations): 411,000
With offices and operations in more than 200 cities in 55 countries, Accenture serves clients across more than 40 industries and in over 120 countries.