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Avanade Inc.
Industry Technology Services
IT Consulting
Founded April 4, 2000
Key people
Adam Warby, CEO
Andrew White, COO
Ken Guthrie, CFO
Florin Rotar, CTIO
Chris Miller, CIO
Revenue $1 billion (fiscal year 2010)
Number of employees
Parent Accenture, Microsoft
Slogan Results Realized
Website www.avanade.com

Avanade Inc. was founded in 2000 as a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft to serve an untapped market for Microsoft-focused consulting services. The company provides IT services focused on the Microsoft platform for mid-sized to large enterprise organizations. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, the company has 70+ locations worldwide and employs more than 19,600 professionals. Today, Avanade is majority-owned by Accenture.


Avanade was formed in April 2000 as a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft. Ownership was initially split between the two founding companies, with Accenture owning 51% and Microsoft 49%.[1] In 2001, however, Accenture increased its ownership to become the majority owner and Avanade became a subsidiary of Accenture.[2]

Through the joint venture, Accenture and Microsoft looked to enter what they perceived to be a largely untapped market for Microsoft-focused consulting services for companies in the Fortune 1000.[3][4]


To-date, Avanade has acquired eight other firms:

  • In 2003, Avanade acquired Brisbane-based DCG, a firm specializing in ebusiness consulting and integration.[5]
  • In 2003, Avanade acquired St. Louis-based G.A. Sullivan, a technology services company.[6]
  • In 2005, Avanade acquired Chicago-based en’tegrate, a services firm specializing in Microsoft AX deployments.[7]
  • In 2007, Avanade acquired Copenhagen-based HOB Business Solutions, a services firm specializing in Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions.[8]
  • In 2008, Avanade acquired Ghent, Belgium-based Quadreon, a services firm specializing in Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions.[9]
  • In 2010, Avanade acquired the US portion of the CRM practice from Ascentium, a US-based consulting firm.[10]
  • In 2011, Avanade acquired Kiel-based eCONNEX AG, a services firm specializing in Microsoft Dynamics CRM solutions.[11]
  • In 2012, Avanade acquired Azaleos, a Seattle-based American corporation specializing in managed messaging, collaboration and unified communications services for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Lync and Blackberry Enterprise Server.[12]


Avanade operates its business in more than 70 cities across North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Pacific. These locations include:


  • United States
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Mexico


  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Asia Pacific[edit]

  • Australia
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore


  • South Africa
  • Morocco
  • Mauritius

India (IDC), China (CDC) and the Philippines (PDC) supply Avanade with offshore consultants housed in parent company Accenture's delivery centers. Overall, these offshore workers comprise over 40% of Avanade's total workforce. Avanade relies heavily on offshore workers in India, China and other developing countries to help their customers reduce costs.[13][14][15]


Avanade's Service Line portfolio includes:

  • Application Development
  • Data & Analytics
  • Collaboration
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Managed Services
  • Infrastructure Services


According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, as of 2008, Avanade is 80 percent owned by Accenture plc (formerly Andersen Consulting), a multinational software and outsourcing firm. Microsoft owns about 17 percent of the company. The original founding members and early employees own the remaining 3 percent.

Avanade's business model is heavily dependent on Accenture. Nearly 65% Avanade's revenue comes from Accenture, primarily by serving as a subcontractor to Accenture.

In fiscal year 2007, Avanade grew revenues by 23% to $593 million and increased its global number of employees by 22%. Revenues were led by the company’s operations in North America (51%), followed by Europe (39%), then Asia Pacific (9%)

As of 2008, almost half of Avanade’s 8,000 workforce are Accenture employees on contract to Avanade. [1] A significant portion of Avanade's total revenue is obtained by subcontracting for Accenture and Microsoft. In fiscal year 2007, that amounted to more than 70% of total revenue for the company.[13]

In 2000, Avanade was formed as a joint venture between Accenture, then Andersen Consulting, and Microsoft. Microsoft contributed $385 million cash [16] to support Avanade.

Legal Issues of Note[edit]

In 2006, Avanade began filing financial disclosure reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, a requirement even for the privately held Avanade when their number of shareholders exceeded 500. (Avanade had 1,100 shareholders at the time of first filing in 2006.) [2]

While writing about the contents of the public SEC disclosure, Seattle Times noted that then Avanade CEO Mitch Hill's brother, Mark Hill, was on Avanade's payroll with a $7,000-per-month contract. Mark Hill, who is chairman of California's Marin County Republican Central Committee, was employed by Avanade to facilitate the company "in developing business with certain California governmental agencies." [3]

In May 2008, CEO Mitch Hill announced that he would be leaving Avanade to be replaced, per Board of Directors vote, by UK General Manager Adam Warby. Warby, a UK citizen, announced he will continue to work from Avanade's London office while Avanade remains headquartered in Seattle, Washington, USA. [4]


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