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40 At 40: A Look At Pioneering IT Companies Founded In 1982 And Before

As part of CRN’s 40th anniversary this year, here’s a look at 40 companies across the IT industry that have been around as long as CRN – and in many cases much longer.

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IT services and systems integrator Accenture was officially created in 1989 and launched as a separate company in 2000. But its roots go back much further as the Administrative Services operation within Arthur Andersen, one of the “Big Five” accounting firms in the 20th Century that was founded in 1913.

In 1989 Administrative Services became Andersen Consulting, a separate business unit providing management and technology consulting services, according to a company timeline. The unit split off as an independent business in 2000 and adopted the Accenture name effective Jan. 1, 2001.

Accenture today is the largest company on the CRN Solution Provider 500, a global systems integration and IT services giant with 674,000 employees and revenue of $50.5 billion in fiscal 2021. Accenture’s leading capabilities are in digital, cloud and cybersecurity technologies offering strategy and consulting, interactive, IT and operations services.

The company has expanded the range of its service offerings through an aggressive acquisition strategy that has seen Accenture buy more than 50 companies over just the last 18 months. The acquisitions include consulting firms in geographic regions, vertical industries and specific IT segments such as data analytics, AI, cloud and digital transformation.

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