Accenture has acquired Tquila UK, a Salesforce specialist and consulting outfit, in a bid to strengthen its ability to deliver software-as-a-service technologies and services to its customers.
Founded in 2010, Tquila, one of the largest independent Salesforce partners in Europe, provides software tools to help its clients monitor their use of Salesforce services. It also offers consulting services and helps its customers set up their Salesforce applications.
As part of the acquisition Tquila’s 100 staff will join Accenture, more than doubling the number of Salesforce specialists it claims to have in its UK arsenal.
Accenture said the acquisition will give it one of the largest fleets of Salesforce consultants in Europe.
“We have seen significant growth in SaaS as more companies adopt the cloud and digital strategies to collaborate better, drive greater operational efficiencies and accelerate the development of new products and services,” said Emma McGuigan, managing director, Accenture Technology, UK and Ireland.
“One key factor for our continued success in delivering Salesforce solutions depends on having the right skilled professionals to meet the growing demand. With Tquila on board we have the critical mass to more proactively target big opportunities both in the UK and Europe, which will extend our position in the region,” McGuigan said.
Mark Wakelin, chief executive of Tquila said: “Being able to offer deep technology skills coupled with industry-experience at scale is critical to getting ahead in the market. As one of the largest pure-play Salesforce partners in Europe, we have those skills, and Accenture has the scale. By joining Accenture, we can offer our Salesforce expertise and experience to an even wider range of clients.”
Accenture is among other SIs hedging its bets in the cloud space by getting in with the cloud-natives alongside familiar incumbents. Last month Oracle and Accenture announced the two were teaming to create a joint business unit that will help mutual customers move more quickly onto (mostly Oracle) cloud platforms.