Accenture acquires CLIMB and Axis Corporate to bolster global technology and consulting services


Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has announced two significant acquisitions that strengthen its global technology services and consulting capabilities: the acquisition of CLIMB in Japan and Axis Corporate in Spain. These strategic moves underscore Accenture’s commitment to enhancing its service offerings and expanding its expertise in key markets.

CLIMB Acquisition Deepens Technology Expertise in Japan

Accenture’s acquisition of CLIMB, a renowned technology services provider specializing in system integration, IT infrastructure management, and operations in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, signifies a pivotal step in enhancing global organizations’ ability to navigate technological change. CLIMB’s expertise in application and infrastructure modernization services is particularly valuable for financial institutions and government agencies pursuing digital transformation. This acquisition is expected to bolster Accenture’s local teams’ efforts to revitalize the local ICT (Information Communication Technology) industry, though the terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

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Founded in 1989, CLIMB has showcased exceptional skills in core banking development, mission-critical systems, and IT infrastructure management for various sectors, including financial institutions, manufacturers, telecommunications carriers, and government agencies. With around 200 engineers trained in cloud and security technologies, CLIMB’s team will integrate into Accenture Technology, enriching Accenture’s capabilities in Japan.

Atsushi Egawa, leading Accenture’s business in Japan, emphasized the strategic importance of regional talent, stating, “There are many talented engineers in regional areas of Japan who are leading digital transformation work.” He highlighted the acquisition’s role in fostering skill development and revitalizing the local economy.

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Axis Corporate Acquisition Reinforces Accenture’s Position in Spain

Similarly, Accenture’s acquisition of Axis Corporate, a Spanish management and technology consulting firm specialized in financial services, enhances its strategic and technology offerings in Spain. Axis Corporate is known for its expertise in retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and payments, with approximately 110 specialized professionals joining Accenture’s Strategy & Consulting practice.

David Cordero, who leads Accenture’s Banking industry group in Europe, noted the critical need for transformation in the banking sector to deliver digital customer experiences. “Axis Corporate’s proven operating model expertise…will bolster our ability to accelerate continuous reinvention at scale for our clients,” Cordero stated.

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These acquisitions by Accenture not only expand its technological and consulting capabilities in Japan and Spain but also reflect a broader strategy to deepen its expertise in financial services and government sectors. By integrating CLIMB and Axis Corporate’s specialized skills and regional insights, Accenture is poised to offer more comprehensive and tailored solutions to its clients, driving innovation and transformation across industries.

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