Accenture To Buy 160-Person IBB Consulting To Help Telecom Carriers Keep Up With Technology Changes


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Accenture plans to purchase vertical specialist IBB Consulting to help telecom carriers and media moguls adapt to next-generation digital and mobile technology.

The Dublin, Ireland-based company, No. 2 on the 2017 CRN Solution Provider 500, said Philadelphia-based IBB Consulting specializes in making carriers faster and more efficient while helping them pivot to software-defined networking and 5G mobile networks, according to Greg Douglass, senior managing director for Accenture Strategy, Communications, Media & Technology.

"We're really pleased with the acquisition," Douglass told CRN. "It's a very well-run business that has a stellar brand reputation in the marketplace. The combination will give us a broader set of capabilities to serve our client bases than we have today."

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The majority of IBB Consulting's workforce is based in North America, according to Accenture, with the remainder based in Australia. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in 30 to 45 days, were not disclosed.

Network technology has become an increasingly big focus area within Accenture's telecom practice as carriers move towards 5G networks and cable companies increasingly move into the wireless space, Douglass said. IBB Consulting will add significant breadth and depth to Accenture's capabilities in that space, according to Douglass.  

On the media side of the equation, Douglass said broadcasters, content publishers, entertainment services and video services companies alike have been transforming both their internal operations and external products in preparation for a digital future. IBB Consulting's deep industry focus spans across network infrastructure, software, content and devices, according to Accenture.

Douglass said the real challenge for these companies, though, is figuring out how to manage their investment costs and ensure they're getting a return on their investment. IBB Consulting should be able to help media firms drive incremental revenue around advertising platforms thanks to their deep skills in both video services and the advertising industry, according to Douglass.

"We're very pleased and happy with this transaction," Douglass said. "In any growth market, you're looking for opportunities."      

Existing IBB Consulting customers will now be able to tap into Accenture for a whole host of complementary services ranging from digital and technology IP to operations and business process outsourcing, Douglass said.

Accenture Strategy said it's capable of providing communications, media and technology firms with strategic thinking around issues ranging from networks, digital video, next-generation mobility, the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud to advanced advertising, data analytics, market optimization, mergers and acquisitions, and international growth.

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