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Accenture Completes Acquisition of Gekko to Strengthen Cloud, AI Capabilities; Olivier Girard, Roland Esnis Quoted

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Olivier Girard
Olivier Girard

Accenture has completed the acquisition of Gekko, a leading French Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services company, Accenture reported on Tuesday. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Aligned with our development strategy, the acquisition of Gekko would be another significant addition because it would give clients more support for public cloud options. Gekko would also be a major opportunity to accelerate our growth strategy in France,” said Olivier Girard, Accenture’s Geographic Unit managing director for France and Benelux. 

The acquisition will strengthen Accenture's cloud and artificial intelligence as well as extend its ongoing relationships with technology providers, including Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Accenture will also gain additional cloud migration expertise and strategic objectives of the Accenture AWS Business Group (AABG).

Gekko will provide more than 100 trained cloud professionals, with more than 85 AWS certifications and a deep relationship with AWS. Gekko is an AWS Advanced Partner and maintained AWS competency in Storage and is an AWS Authorized Training partner. 

The acquisition of Gekko would strengthen Accenture’s general and industry-specific cloud experience in AWS technologies. The combination of Gekko’s skills in AWS with Accenture’s industry knowledge and experience in global large-scale cloud initiatives will provide highly differentiated end-to-end services to the European market.

“Accenture’s advantage is our ability to keep pace with evolving customer expectations. Our clients call on Accenture to help them innovate and transform their business. Gekko would bring key cloud, AI and DevOps skills and would help us serve a greater and more diverse range of clients in France and the broader European market.” 

“In the fast-growing cloud market, joining Accenture would be a unique opportunity to help even more organizations to leverage journey to the cloud for accelerating their digital transformations, growing their businesses and improving customer experiences,” said Roland Esnis and Julien Favre, co-founders and CEOs of Gekko. 

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