Spend Matters 50/50: Accenture – A Provider to Know in 2015

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We announced here and here our two (not ranked) lists: Spend Matters 50 To Know and 50 To Watch firms for 2015/2016. In the first case, this is our view of the 50 solution provider type organisations in the procurement industry that every senior procurement leader should be aware of and understand. The 50 To Watch are the up-and-coming firms  - those with interesting and relatively new solutions for our market. The 50 To Know are the key organisations in our industry that procurement executives need to have on their radar.

Having announced the lists, our US colleagues are now featuring each of the 100 firms in turn with an article giving an overview of each, with some headline Spend Matters thoughts on them. So on this site we will be giving you a brief extract of the US article, plus adding our own comments where we have anything useful to add from a European perspective. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t!

Here is a snippet of what our US colleagues have to say about Accenture:

"Within the consulting and business process outsourcing sectors, Accenture, going back to its original parent, Arthur Andersen, has been able to maintain what many of us would argue is probably the strongest culture within the professional services space ... Within BPO, Accenture has grown to dominate the procurement sector from a market-share perspective, helped by both its Procurian acquisition and its “Diamond” client strategy focused on very large relationships and company-level transformation. Among larger professional services firms, Accenture has some of the most creative and robust internal systems to support client-facing initiatives."

And you can read more about what our US colleagues have to say here.  In terms of this side of the Atlantic, Accenture are one of the firms in our lists where the US and European pictures are not particularly different. The consulting side of the Accenture business is strong, but perhaps more so in "supply chain" than "procurement" projects, and BPO also has a strong position. Procurian was somewhat weaker here than in the US, with strong competition from Xchanging and Proxima for instance in European markets. However Accenture with Procurian integrated now is certainly a force in the procurement outsourcing world across our Continent.


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