No. 1: Accenture
2020 Ranking: 2
Top Executive: Julie Sweet, CEO
Location: Chicago, Ill.
After holding the No. 2 spot on the CRN Solution Provider 500 since 2015, global systems integration giant Accenture captured the No. 1 position in 2021.
As businesses and organizations adopt cloud computing and undertake digital transformation initiatives, Accenture, under the direction of Julie Sweet who became the company’s CEO in September 2019, has seen growing demand for its services and expertise. The company managed 3 percent revenue growth to $44.33 billion in its fiscal 2020 (ended Aug. 31). Revenue in the first six months of fiscal 2021 are up 8 percent to $23.85 billion.
“COVID has hit a giant fast-forward button to the future and we believe the demand to innovate at unprecedented speed and scale with rapid adoption of cloud, AI and other disruptive technologies is accelerating,” Sweet said during an earnings call on March 18, 2021.
Some of Accenture’s growth was certainly driven by the company’s aggressive acquisition strategy that resulted in some 30 acquisitions in 2020 alone, including Symantec’s MSSP business in January, B2B marketing services agency Yesler in April, digital content producer CreativeDrive in August, and data analytics and data science consultancy End-to-End Analytics in November.