Accenture to snap up CLIMB to expand technology capabilities

Accenture to snap up CLIMB to expand technology capabilities Duncan is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years experience in journalism. Having launched his tech journalism career as editor of Arabian Computer News in Dubai, he has since edited an array of tech and digital marketing publications, including Computer Business Review, TechWeekEurope, Figaro Digital, Digit and Marketing Gazette.

Professional services firm Accenture has agreed to acquire CLIMB, a technology services provider specialising in system integration, IT infrastructure management and operations, primarily in Gunma, Japan.

The acquisition of CLIMB brings more critical skills for global organisations in Japan to navigate technology change.

In particular, CLIMB’s expertise will accelerate application and infrastructure modernisation services for financial institutions and government agencies to achieve digital transformation. Accenture’s investment in CLIMB will also enable local teams to continue to revitalise the local ICT (Information Communication Technology) industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Since its establishment in 1989, CLIMB has demonstrated a high level of expertise in multiple areas from the development of core banking and mission-critical systems to the management and operations of IT infrastructure for organisations, such as domestic financial institutions, manufacturers, telecommunications carriers and government agencies, mainly in Maebashi City, where the company was founded. Currently, CLIMB has approximately 200 engineers who are trained in cloud and security technologies and application management services. The CLIMB engineers will join Accenture Technology.

Atsushi Egawa, who leads Accenture’s business in Japan, said: “There are many talented engineers in regional areas of Japan who are leading digital transformation work.

“Providing opportunities for these individuals to shine on the global stage will help elevate their skills to new heights, while at the same time revitalising the local economy. With a clear trend of people and businesses returning to the domestic market, the vibrant growth of local communities is essential for the sustainable development of Japan. Adding the CLIMB team, who take an innovative and exemplary approach especially to the financial industry, demonstrates how we continue to invest in Japan. We are planting more local roots through our team’s high value work in local communities.”

Osamu Kanai, CLIMB’s President, said: “CLIMB’s most important management principle is ‘maximising employee happiness.’ Only when every employee is happy can we provide rewarding work and value-added services to our clients. By joining Accenture, our people will have unprecedented growth and exposure opportunities. With Accenture’s unique ability to resolve issues faced by clients and society with a holistic approach, we will be able to maximise the happiness of our people who, in turn, will contribute to the further enhancement of the ICT industry in the region.”

Completion of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.

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