Accenture has trimmed its technology teams.
The consultancy would not reveal to CRN the number of staff it has let go, after we sought details of an AFR report claiming “up to 70 … managing director-level executives” would depart the firm “after a second consecutive year of missing internal sales targets.”
An Accenture spokesperson told CRN that “Following a review of our current business we have identified an overcapacity of skills in certain areas and will need to rebalance our workforce. This will affect a very small percentage of our workforce in ANZ.”
“We remain committed to our business in Australia and New Zealand and believe these markets offer strong opportunities for our future growth. “
It’s not all gloom at the IT and consulting concern, with the spokesperson telling CRN “we continue recruiting for specialised skills and leadership talent in areas where we need to add capacity to meet client demand.”
Accenture works with a vast number of technology suppliers: by CRN’s count the firm’s “ecosystem” site lists 282 vendors. All the majors – AWS, Microsoft, SAP, Dell, both HPs, Google, VMware, Salesforce, SAP, Intel and Oracle – are there, along with myriad smaller vendors.
Plenty of those listed operate special programs aimed at global concerns like Accenture. An underperforming Australian outpost could undermine the proposition that big global integrators are a fine way to deliver multinational projects, although the small size of our market is unlikely to unravel alliances.
CRN wishes all in the channel well, regardless of size or origin. It is, however, delicious to imagine that Accenture’s woes may have been caused by strong performance from local technology consultancies.