Acorio Prospective Client FAQs
on our NTT DATA Partnership
Answering Your Questions: What Our New Partnership with NTT DATA Services Means For You.
On October 1st, Acorio, the largest global pure-play ServiceNow consultancy, announced that its acquisition by NTT DATA – one of the top 10 global leaders in transformative IT services – has closed. Acorio is now a strategic component of NTT DATA Services’ Chief Digital Office.
Please read below for a few Frequently Asked Questions for our ServiceNow prospective clients.
How does this affect my evaluation of Acorio and Acorio’s proposal?
It should not affect your evaluation of Acorio and Acorio’s proposal. We will be staying fully intact as a separate entity, yet now as Acorio, an NTT DATA company. Our company will move en masse to the Chief Digital Office at NTT DATA Services. Acorio is committed to delivering the exact same relentless commitment to quality work and driving our customers’ successful outcomes and industry-recognized CSAT. Our ability to serve clients was paramount in the decision to join with NTT DATA Services, a market leader, and thoughtful acquisition partner.
All of Acorio’s employees are continuing with the company, which means the people with whom you’re working remain the same, all the way through senior management. There are no anticipated changes to client management or client delivery at this time. All of our proposals remain valid, as we will still be Acorio, albeit with a different owner.
We will continue our 100% ServiceNow focus and specialization, and remain agile and able to meet your requirements when you need us.
Who is NTT DATA?
NTT DATA is a top 10 IT provider with over 130,000 worldwide employees. It is part of the $109B NTT Group. Specifically, Acorio will join NTT DATA Services - the largest NTT DATA business unit outside Japan. NTT DATA Services is a digital business and IT services leader headquartered in Plano, Texas, with 50,000 professionals worldwide. With their consultative approach, they leverage deep industry expertise and leading-edge technologies powered by AI, automation, and cloud to create practical and scalable solutions that contribute to society and help clients worldwide.
Does NTT DATA have a ServiceNow practice?
NTT DATA Services, like Acorio, is also an Elite ServiceNow Partner. NTT DATA Services has ServiceNow practices in both the Americas and India with strong industry experience in Manufacturing, the Public Sector, Financial Services, and Healthcare.
The planned acquisition of Acorio is designed to help NTT DATA clients with enhanced offerings with ServiceNow, which is becoming the defacto standard at large enterprises for how work gets done. Acorio brings additional advisory, platform strategy, process-led implementation, world-class talent and flexible support offerings. Together we will provide the highest quality and largest breadth of ServiceNow offerings for our joint clients.
What is NTT DATA’s client philosophy?
NTT DATA Services’ commitment to digital transformation is ingrained in their values and culture, as well as its thoughtful approach to clients. NTT DATA Services’ organization aligns optimally to the core values we’ve set for ourselves at Acorio, to be the best partner for you:
- Clients First: We continuously seek to understand our clients’ businesses and ensure their success in rapidly changing markets. By aligning with NTT DATA Services’ vertical portfolio, clients will benefit from the broader suite of services for digital transformation.
- Foresight: We anticipate challenges our clients must address at the intersection of business and IT. NTT DATA Group invested about $3.6 billion in R&D last year alone and has 5,000 research professionals at dedicated R&D facilities worldwide. Clients will benefit from NTT DATA’s innovative digital portfolio and leading-edge technologies powered by AI, automation, and cloud spanning data and intelligence, customer experience, security, and operations.
- Teamwork: We empower employees to achieve their best by working with each other. We recognize that diverse individuals working toward a common goal can achieve extraordinary results that go far beyond what an individual can achieve alone.
If you have additional questions about NTT DATA’s client philosophy, please contact us at [email protected].
More Prospective Client FAQs
What are the benefits of the combined company for me and other clients?
With the NTT DATA Sevices team, we will be able to offer you even more: an expanded portfolio, new kinds of support, increased innovation, more resources, and truly global capabilities. Acorio’s alignment with NTT DATA Services creates a platform and partnership to accelerate how we can assist you. We believe our combined strength will be able to provide you additional help and assistance to meet today’s business challenges with ServiceNow and beyond.
Acorio’s move into the Chief Digital Office at NTT DATA Services means we can further empower clients by leveraging the global reach and experience of the wider NTT DATA organization. A global leader in Digital Transformation, NTT DATA has extensive experience supporting the business digitization efforts so many of you are undertaking right now.
You will get an Acorio team that is further energized, now buoyed up by NTT DATA’s vast support, which will drive increased innovation and depth with ServiceNow to ensure you derive the maximum value from the platform and your Digital Transformation efforts. You will benefit from the collective power and capabilities of more than 130,000 professionals worldwide, leveraging NTT DATA Services’ expansive consulting and services capabilities in more than 50 countries.
The acquisition of Acorio is the latest example of NTT DATA Services’ ongoing strategy of growth by strategic acquisitions that augment their specialized industry expertise. NTT DATA’s global scale and financial backing offers new chances to innovate, scale, and continuously add incremental value to your organization and specifically your industry.
Will Acorio dilute its 100% focus on ServiceNow?
No, Acorio will remain 100% focused on ServiceNow. With a rapidly growing market expected to reach $165B in TAM by 2023, Acorio will remain focused on business digitization, organizational change, and the employee experience through innovative, agile approaches. Given ServiceNow is reaching further and further across the enterprise and integrating into even broader Digital Transformation efforts, the power of NTT DATA’s broader suite of capabilities can be leveraged to give you experts outside ServiceNow.
What is the future for the Acorio team (and how might that impact us)?
There are no anticipated changes to how we work with you and your team at this time. We will continue our 100% ServiceNow focus and specialization, reporting into the Chief Digital Office at NTT DATA Services. There, we will play a unique role as their only ServiceNow Advisory and Consulting unit, bringing our own agile, advisory, process-led implementation, and Platform Strategy.
NTT DATA Services acquired Acorio LLC from Momentum Equity Partners (MEP) and the other minority shareholders. Other than the broader ownership model, Acorio’s U.S. corporate structure has not fundamentally changed. The legal entity name will remain Acorio LLC – although, going forward, we will be branded under the NTT DATA umbrella as “Acorio, an NTT DATA Company”.
What is Acorio and NTT Data’s commitment to clients?
We are committed to maintaining business momentum in this critical time. We won’t miss a beat and will ensure our focus is you and your success. Once the transaction closes, the first priority for leadership teams of both companies is to ensure your success, maintain your satisfaction, and continue the high quality of delivery you have come to expect from us.
Why this acquisition, now?
Throughout our history, Acorio has grown and evolved in response to client demand, always staying true to our mission of guiding and inspiring business leaders to realize the full potential of the ServiceNow platform through the expertise and human transformation needed for today’s digital world. As ServiceNow’s impact has expanded its enterprise impact, becoming a platform of platforms and uniting enterprise processes and systems, clients were asking us for more services and, more specifically, more global capabilities. NTT DATA is that partner who can help us answer that demand with the high-quality services and high customer satisfaction (CSAT) that we have always achieved.
We are confident that NTT DATA Services is the right company for growth to expand our reach and capabilities while maintaining our culture of authenticity and innovation. To elaborate, we are in a services business, which is all about our people. If our employees are empowered and excited, they bring that to your engagements. We are excited for the opportunities this brings our team to further strengthen their craft, and pass that value to you.
Does My ServiceNow sales and customer support teams know?
The details of the new acquisition were first shared publicly on August 27th, 2020, and Acorio and NTT DATA are in active communication with ServiceNow executives, Sales leadership, and Customer Success teams. We are working to ensure that communication reaches all ServiceNow Reps and Client teams as appropriate.
What Should I Expect Next?
We are committed to maintaining business momentum in this critical time. Once the transaction closes, the first priority for leadership teams of both companies is to ensure your success, maintain your satisfaction, and continue the high quality of delivery you have come to expect from us. The people you already work with will be available to you. We hope to have a 1:1 conversation in the coming days/weeks to ensure you are comfortable and get your questions answered. Over the next year, we will begin to identify opportunities for you to benefit from the new global reach NTT DATA Services affords.
Who can I speak with to learn more about NTT DATA Services?
We will ensure any questions you have are answered. We will also work to empower your Sales & Delivery executives to help answer your questions. Of course, we are available at any point to discuss with you!
For any urgent questions on you might have, we recommend reaching out to your Acorio account manager, who is being briefed on a regular basis on any relevant details of this acquisition as they evolve. Your account manager can also arrange any executive interactions with anyone at Acorio you may prefer.
Our Leadership has designated a specific Executive Transition Team, staffed by Senior Leaders and Sales Directors, which will be personally reaching out to you over the next week.
Once the transaction closes (expected later this year), we will schedule communications meant to help orient you to the benefits and other related updates on our alignment with NTT DATA. We have also set up an email exclusively for questions about this acquisition, [email protected] which is consistently manned and will immediately forward any inquiries to the appropriate party.
For our clients, this acquisition means we can offer a truly global scale and increased innovation while remaining relentlessly focused on ServiceNow. Our clients will also benefit from access to NTT DATA’s global R&D, applications, infrastructure, and investments in digital transformation and innovation. I’m thrilled at the new opportunities that will be available to both our clients and employees.Ellen Daley CEO, Acorio
Acorio is a proven leader in implementing ServiceNow and its ecosystem to automate workflows in order to unite and empower all other enterprise technology. Acorio is the most experienced & innovative partner to deliver the platform expertise and transformation needed to support our clients’ rapid adoption of ServiceNow. The company’s vertical portfolio and client base complement and aligns perfectly with ours.Eric Clark Chief Digital Officer, NTT DATA Services