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Early 2016 article updates and new sources[edit]


Hi all, I'm back again to propose a few edits to bring existing information on this page up-to-date. Also, I have identified sources for some material recently deleted from this page, and would like to see if editors could re-add these details now they're appropriately supported:

Infobox and introduction updates[edit]

  • First, the source provided for "Services" in the infobox no longer supports that description of Accenture. A more accurate description would be:
strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.
Citation:<ref name=AboutAccenture>{{cite web |url=https://www.accenture.com/us-en/company.aspx |title=About Accenture |author=<!--Staff writer(s); no by-line.--> |date= |website= |publisher= |access-date=10 December 2015 |quote=}}</ref>
  • Similarly, the company description in the lead sentence is outdated, too. This could be rewritten to say:
Accenture is a multinational management consulting services company.
Citation:<ref name=Taylor15>{{cite news |last=Taylor |first=Charlie |date=21 August 2015 |title=Companies move to ditch the dreaded performance review |url=http://www.irishtimes.com/business/work/companies-move-to-ditch-the-dreaded-performance-review-1.2321864 |newspaper=[[Irish Times]] |location= |access-date=10 December 2015}}</ref>
  • Also, the final sentence of the lead paragraph should be updated to say that Accenture's current clients:
include 94 of the Fortune Global 100 and more than 80 percent of the Fortune Global 500.
Citation:<ref name=FactSheet>{{cite web |url=https://newsroom.accenture.com/fact-sheet/ |title=Fact sheet |author=<!--Staff writer(s); no by-line.--> |date= |website= |publisher= |access-date=10 December 2015 |quote=}}</ref>

Formation and early years[edit]

Most of the information under the Formation and early years subhead was deleted on October 23, 2015 due to the lack of references. Below, I've rewritten that section, including new third-party sources to support the details.

Marketing, branding and identity[edit]

On October 23, 2015, an editor deleted the mention of Accenture's slogan from the Marketing, branding and identity section. I found a New York Times story about Accenture's marketing efforts, based on which I'd like to request this be reinstated, in addition to basic info about recent marketing efforts supported by the Times article and Interbrand's website. I've written a paragraph that can be added to the beginning of the existing Marketing, branding and identity section, if editors think it's appropriate:

Please note that I have a conflict of interest as this request is made on behalf of Accenture. As I've mentioned previously on this page, I work for Beutler Ink, via which I am currently contracted to work on Accenture-related articles by PR agency Burson Marsteller. If anyone can take a look at my suggestions and add the new material to the article, I'd be most grateful. Thanks! 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 20:16, 6 January 2016 (UTC)

All done. And well done on making it really easy to review and then implement! Best wishes. Dormskirk (talk) 00:15, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Dormskirk, appreciate your review and making the edits. 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 13:12, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

Cleanup + adding recent awards[edit]


Hi all, I'm here again with a few more edits to update and clean up this page a bit. My suggestions include addressing vandalism, removing misleading material and updating recent awards. Each request is laid out below. Full disclosure: I have a conflict of interest as this request is made on behalf of Accenture. I work for Beutler Ink, via which I am currently contracted to work on Accenture-related articles by PR agency Burson Marsteller. Please take a look at my suggestions and make any of the edits that seem appropriate. I'd be most grateful.

Infobox vandalism

Under Key people in the infobox, the article lists "edward joseph". This should be removed, as there is no Accenture official named Edward Joseph.

Services and operations

I'd like to request the Services and operations section be edited as follows: In addition to paring down the language, I removed the dates listed as they are a bit misleading. As it reads now, it seems as though Accenture just started offering these overall services in the last few years, which is incorrect. (It looks like the dates refer to when these service areas were given their current names and structure.) Also, one of the dates is wrong: Accenture Technology was not created in 2003. In light of the error and the potential to mislead, it seems appropriate to remove the dates altogether. Also, I have re-established the order of these services as they appeared before they were incorrectly dated and put in "chronological order".

Awards and honours

There are a few suggestions I have for this section.

  • There are more recent rankings that can be added to bring this up-to-date, and I've included these below
  • I also recommend renaming the section Recent awards and honors, as this section has historically posted Accenture's most-recent recognition
  • Lastly, I suggest we delete recognition as a leader for Worldwide Cloud Professional Services by research firm IDC and best employer in 2014 in the Netherlands by newspaper NRC Handelsblad. These don't seem to fit with the rest of the recognition listed here, which is global in scale

Here's what I think a new, updated Recent awards and honors could look like:

Marketing, branding and identity

Lastly, two photos were added to this section in November. Can these photos be removed? They are both generic in content and do not add any particular context or portray anything interesting about Accenture; these could be any office space for any company.

I'm happy to answer any questions here. Thanks! 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 18:13, 18 April 2016 (UTC)

Done. And thanks for presenting the mark ups so professionally. Best wishes. Dormskirk (talk) 22:44, 18 April 2016 (UTC)
Thanks so much, Dormskirk! I've closed the request as the main aspects are complete but I did want to ask: what do you think about removing the older awards (those pre-2015)? 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 14:55, 19 April 2016 (UTC)
Hi - I would leave then for a few years: they don't do any harm. Best wishes. Dormskirk (talk) 22:37, 19 April 2016 (UTC)
Understood, happy to leave these be in that case. Thanks again Dormskirk! 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 14:27, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

Mid-2016 update request[edit]


Hi all, I'm here with a handful of suggested updates. Mainly, I see some opportunities to freshen up this article and rewrite a couple awkward sentences. Full disclosure: As I have noted here in the past, I have a conflict of interest as this request is made on behalf of Accenture as part of my work with Beutler Ink, via which I am currently contracted to work on Accenture-related articles by PR agency Burson-Marsteller. Below, I have posted my proposed edits, which are fairly straightforward. I'd be very grateful if anyone could review my suggestions and make edits if they agree.

Infobox
  • Under number of employees, please replace 373,000 with 375,000.[1]
Introduction
  • The lead sentence does not fully capture the breadth of Accenture's work. While using a citation in the lead sentence is not necessary, this Forbes Global 2000 post shows how Accenture has been described by others. I propose the lead sentence read as follows:
  • The second sentence reads awkwardly. I propose rewriting as follows:
  • Accenture employs about 48,000 in the U.S., not 60,000.[2]
  • The last sentence of the introduction also needs an update with this year's ranking. It should read:
Emergence of Accenture
  • The beginning of the second paragraph reads a little awkwardly. I suggest rewriting as follows:
Recent awards and honours
  • I also suggest adding the following updates to awards Accenture has received since my last request here. In a prior discussion here, an editor recommended leaving older awards for a few years. If that's still the case, I suggest adding the recent rankings I've listed. However, I think it would be fine should editors want to remove the older awards, keeping this as a list of only the most recent major awards.

I'm happy to answer any questions here. Thanks in advance! 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 20:57, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

References

  1. ^ Murray, Alan (16 December 2015). "The CEO as hologram". Fortune. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Marek, Lynne (27 February 2016). "Guess which Illinois company uses the most worker visas". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "World's Most Admired Companies". Fortune. 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "The 2016 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity". DiversityInc. 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "CR's 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2016" (PDF). Corporate Responsibility Magazine. 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "The World's Biggest Public Companies". Forbes. 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
Done. Dormskirk (talk) 21:42, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
Thanks so much for the review and making the updates, Dormskirk, much appreciated! 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 18:48, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

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Late 2016 update request[edit]

Hi all, I'm back with another round of updates. These changes are mainly factual updates and freshening up numbers. Also, I'm hoping that two more recent edits—the Industry parameter in the infobox and the company description in the lead sentence—could be reverted as they are not entirely accurate. To help clarify what I'm asking for, I've separated my requests below by section.

As noted here in the past, I have a conflict of interest as this request is made on behalf of Accenture as part of my work with Beutler Ink, via which I am currently contracted to work on Accenture-related articles by PR agency Burson-Marsteller.

Infobox
  • My proposed infobox updates includes an edit to the Industry, Revenue, Operating income, Net income, Total assets, Total equity and Number of employees parameters.
Introduction
  • My proposed update for the intro would change the company description back to the wording I'd proposed, and was implemented, in my July edit request. It also adds updated figures with 2016 net revenues, employees and percentage of the Fortune Global 500 list as Accenture clients.
Recent awards and honours
  • Finally, I propose either updating the existing bullet point on Accenture's Fortune Global 500 ranking OR adding a new bullet with the 2016 number.

As always, I'm happy to answer any questions. Thanks in advance! 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 14:07, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

References

  1. ^ "Accenture profile: Pierre Nanterme". Accenture.com. Archived from the original on 2 February 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Accenture newsletter: Accenture names CEO". Accenture.com. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "About Accenture". Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Accenture Q4 FY2016 performance". Accenture.com. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Q4 Fiscal 2016 (ended Aug. 31, 2016)". Accenture.com. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Accenture plc Company Profile - Yahoo Finance". Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Fortune Global 500 – The World's Biggest Companies - Accenture Profile 2011". CNN. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Accenture Financial Statements 2015". Accenture.com. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Marek, Lynne (27 February 2016). "Guess which Illinois company uses the most worker visas". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Mini Joseph Tejaswi (2012-07-18). "Accenture in India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  11. ^ "Company overview". Accenture.com. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "312: Accenture". Fortune. 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
All done. Best wishes. Dormskirk (talk) 22:18, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
Thanks so much, Dormskirk! Appreciate the quick review and updates in the article. 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 19:26, 27 October 2016 (UTC)