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Accenture Acquires True North Solutions to Help Clients Produce Energy More Safely and Efficiently

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Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired True North Solutions, headquartered in Calgary, to enhance its capabilities in the energy sector. This acquisition will help clients in the oil, gas, and mining industries optimize operational technology (OT) and integrate it with enterprise IT systems for improved safety and efficiency. True North Solutions brings expertise in industrial engineering, including OT cybersecurity, industrial automation, and enterprise asset management. Accenture plans to leverage this expertise with advanced digital technologies like predictive maintenance and intelligent asset management. The acquisition adds 95 specialists to Accenture's Industry X service.

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  • Accenture expands expertise in operational technology (OT) for the energy sector.
  • 95 specialists from True North Solutions join Accenture’s Industry X.
  • Enhanced capabilities in digital thread, predictive maintenance, and intelligent asset management.
  • Potential for improved safety and efficiency in client operations.
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  • Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, which may create uncertainty among investors.

Accenture's acquisition of True North Solutions may have a notable effect on the company's revenue streams and operational efficiency in the short-term and long-term. This move significantly bolsters Accenture's capabilities in the operational technology (OT) space, particularly for sectors like oil and gas and mining. From a financial standpoint, this acquisition could enhance service offerings and improve margins due to the integration of advanced technologies such as predictive AI and digital thread.

True North Solutions' expertise in engineering, commissioning and industrial automation aligns with Accenture's strategic objectives, likely leading to enhanced operational efficiencies and increased client satisfaction, which can drive revenue growth. Investors should monitor subsequent quarterly earnings reports for potential top-line growth attributed to this acquisition and improved asset management efficiency.

However, it is important to consider the integration costs and potential short-term disruptions. Historically, integrating new companies can temporarily strain resources and impact profitability. Still, if managed effectively, the long-term benefits will likely outweigh these initial drawbacks.

The acquisition is strategically sound, positioning Accenture at the forefront of the convergence between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT). This integration is vital for modern industrial operations, facilitating real-time data analytics that can optimize safety and output. By incorporating True North Solutions' OT expertise, Accenture can offer clients more comprehensive digital infrastructure services.

True North's capabilities in OT cybersecurity also add significant value. Cybersecurity in industrial environments is increasingly critical as digital transformation progresses. Strengthening this aspect of their service portfolio will enhance Accenture's appeal to clients concerned about cyber threats.

In the long run, this acquisition could position Accenture as a leader in industrial digital transformation, setting a standard for efficiency and safety in sectors that have been slower to adopt digital technologies. The key challenge will be ensuring seamless integration and maintaining service quality during this transition phase.

CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired True North Solutions, a provider of industrial engineering solutions headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, to help clients produce and transport energy more safely and efficiently.

Accenture has acquired True North Solutions, a provider of industrial engineering solutions headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, to help clients produce and transport energy more safely and efficiently. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Accenture has acquired True North Solutions, a provider of industrial engineering solutions headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, to help clients produce and transport energy more safely and efficiently. (Graphic: Business Wire)

True North Solutions expands Accenture’s expertise in operational technology (OT) for clients in the oil and gas and mining industries. OT is the hardware and software systems with which companies run and control physical equipment and facilities, such as pipelines, refineries, plants and mines. Accenture will help clients better connect their OT to their enterprise IT systems, for example, to optimize the output and safety of existing equipment and facilities through real-time data analytics. Accenture will also work with the True North Solutions team to engineer and commission new field operations and facilities where OT and IT are seamlessly integrated and processes are digitized from the start.

“True North Solutions brings boots-on-the-ground understanding of how to design, build and commission our clients’ critical assets and infrastructure,” said Adam Foster, Accenture Canada’s Energy Portfolio leader. “We are combining True North Solutions’ unique expertise with our advanced digital capabilities, such as digital thread, predictive maintenance and intelligent asset management, to improve the performance and safety of our clients’ field operations.”

David Morgenstern, president of Accenture in Canada, said: “In welcoming True North Solutions to our Industry X and Resources team at Accenture, we will help our clients benefit from transformative technologies such as generative and predictive AI through digitally enabled field operations. Smart operations means greater productivity and predictability, helping clients operate with increased efficiency and safety, and we’re pleased to be advancing these capabilities in the industry and in Canada.”

Blair Hanel, CEO of True North Solutions, commented: “By joining Accenture, we’re giving our clients in North America access to Accenture’s digital leadership in areas such as cloud, data and AI, and global scale, which will help them advance their businesses. Our teams will benefit from the opportunity to grow and deepen their careers in one of the world’s most innovative, inclusive and global organizations.”

True North Solutions’ services encompass engineering and commissioning, industrial automation solutions, enterprise asset management, OT cybersecurity, and digital infrastructure for industrial telecommunications. They bring a team of 95 experts in automation, instrumentation and electrical engineering to Accenture, who will join the company’s digital engineering and manufacturing service, Industry X.

Other acquisitions Accenture has made in Canada to build capabilities for asset-intensive companies include Comtech Group, a consulting and program management company for infrastructure projects, and Eclipse Automation, a provider of customized manufacturing automation and robotics solutions.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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These risks include, without limitation, risks that: the transaction might not achieve the anticipated benefits for Accenture; Accenture’s results of operations have been, and may in the future be, adversely affected by volatile, negative or uncertain economic and political conditions and the effects of these conditions on the company’s clients’ businesses and levels of business activity; Accenture’s business depends on generating and maintaining client demand for the company’s services and solutions including through the adaptation and expansion of its services and solutions in response to ongoing changes in technology and offerings, and a significant reduction in such demand or an inability to respond to the evolving technological environment could materially affect the company’s results of operations; if Accenture is unable to match people and their skills with client demand around the world and attract and retain professionals with strong leadership skills, the company’s business, the utilization rate of the company’s professionals and the company’s results of operations may be materially adversely affected; Accenture faces legal, reputational and financial risks from any failure to protect client and/or company data from security incidents or cyberattacks; the markets in which Accenture operates are highly competitive, and Accenture might not be able to compete effectively; Accenture’s ability to attract and retain business and employees may depend on its reputation in the marketplace; if Accenture does not successfully manage and develop its relationships with key ecosystem partners or fails to anticipate and establish new alliances in new technologies, the company’s results of operations could be adversely affected; Accenture’s profitability could materially suffer if the company is unable to obtain favorable pricing for its services and solutions, if the company is unable to remain competitive, if its cost-management strategies are unsuccessful or if it experiences delivery inefficiencies or fail to satisfy certain agreed-upon targets or specific service levels; changes in Accenture’s level of taxes, as well as audits, investigations and tax proceedings, or changes in tax laws or in their interpretation or enforcement, could have a material adverse effect on the company’s effective tax rate, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition; Accenture’s results of operations could be materially adversely affected by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; changes to accounting standards or in the estimates and assumptions Accenture makes in connection with the preparation of its consolidated financial statements could adversely affect its financial results; as a result of Accenture’s geographically diverse operations and strategy to continue to grow in key markets around the world, the company is more susceptible to certain risks; if Accenture is unable to manage the organizational challenges associated with its size, the company might be unable to achieve its business objectives; Accenture might not be successful at acquiring, investing in or integrating businesses, entering into joint ventures or divesting businesses; Accenture’s business could be materially adversely affected if the company incurs legal liability; Accenture’s global operations expose the company to numerous and sometimes conflicting legal and regulatory requirements; Accenture’s work with government clients exposes the company to additional risks inherent in the government contracting environment; if Accenture is unable to protect or enforce its intellectual property rights or if Accenture’s services or solutions infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others or the company loses its ability to utilize the intellectual property of others, its business could be adversely affected; Accenture may be subject to criticism and negative publicity related to its incorporation in Ireland; as well as the risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed under the “Risk Factors” heading in Accenture plc’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this news release speak only as of the date they were made, and Accenture undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made in this news release or to conform such statements to actual results or changes in Accenture’s expectations.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company that helps the world’s leading businesses, governments and other organizations build their digital core, optimize their operations, accelerate revenue growth and enhance citizen services—creating tangible value at speed and scale. We are a talent- and innovation-led company with approximately 750,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Technology is at the core of change today, and we are one of the world’s leaders in helping drive that change, with strong ecosystem relationships. We combine our strength in technology and leadership in cloud, data and AI with unmatched industry experience, functional expertise and global delivery capability. We are uniquely able to deliver tangible outcomes because of our broad range of services, solutions and assets across Strategy & Consulting, Technology, Operations, Industry X and Song. These capabilities, together with our culture of shared success and commitment to creating 360° value, enable us to help our clients reinvent and build trusted, lasting relationships. We measure our success by the 360° value we create for our clients, each other, our shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Stephanie Malcolm

Accenture

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stephanie.malcolm@accenture.com



Jens Derksen

Accenture

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Guy Cantwell

Accenture

+1 281 900 9089

guy.cantwell@accenture.com

Source: Accenture

FAQ

What company did Accenture acquire?

Accenture acquired True North Solutions, a provider of industrial engineering solutions.

Why did Accenture acquire True North Solutions?

Accenture acquired True North Solutions to improve its capabilities in optimizing operational technology (OT) and integrating it with enterprise IT systems for clients in the energy sector.

How will True North Solutions' expertise benefit Accenture?

True North Solutions' expertise in industrial automation, OT cybersecurity, and enterprise asset management will enhance Accenture’s offerings, particularly in the oil, gas, and mining industries.

How many specialists will join Accenture from True North Solutions?

A team of 95 specialists from True North Solutions will join Accenture’s Industry X service.

What advanced digital technologies will Accenture leverage from this acquisition?

Accenture plans to leverage digital thread, predictive maintenance, and intelligent asset management technologies.

Were the financial terms of the Accenture and True North Solutions transaction disclosed?

No, the terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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