BDO and Microsoft Expand Strategic Alliance to Drive Business Impact through Digital Excellence in the Middle Market Worldwide

May 2022

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CHICAGO/BRUSSELS, May 10, 2022 − BDO, one of the world’s leading global networks of independent public accounting firms, has announced an expanded strategic alliance with Microsoft in which both parties will collaborate to deliver solutions that create value for BDO clients around the world. The alliance has three objectives:
  • Create value for BDO's middle market clients by driving business impact through digital excellence
  • Leverage the Microsoft Cloud to accelerate the digital services of BDO firms and their advisors
  • Deliver the benefits of the Microsoft Cloud to a wider audience
 
The increasing complexity of the business world and the challenges posed by current geopolitical and environmental changes require a new, innovative approach to meet the needs of businesses large and small. This three-year agreement will see BDO use Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, and Dynamics 365 to deliver an expanding range of innovative digital services and solutions to BDO clients around the world.
 
Keith Farlinger, BDO’s Global CEO, said: “I am delighted with the expansion of our strategic alliance with Microsoft. It brings two leading global brands closer together and facilitates great opportunities for both in executing our organizations’ mission across the globe: helping people achieve more. With Microsoft’s support, BDO is innovating its advisory deployment and digitally managed service offerings, further driving our digital excellence, and transforming how we run our business both globally and locally. Leveraging Microsoft technologies to power BDO’s services will add value and enable growth for our clients and our organization.”  
 
Supported by the rich experience and knowledge that BDO has as a leader in the middle market, the heartbeat of most economies, BDO clients in 164 countries and territories, and across all industries will be able to use the Microsoft Cloud, Data and AI, Security and Compliance offerings to drive digital transformation across their organizations. This will reach an estimated number of more than 775,000 clients over the coming three years, enabling BDO to continue its commitment to address clients’ data protection and compliance needs. The application of AI and an expanding range of Microsoft Cloud solutions and services will also allow BDO advisors to offer clients innovative solutions that will support them in their journey to deliver positive societal and business impact. Furthermore, BDO will make use of Microsoft’s industry Clouds, including the Clouds for sustainability, financial services, healthcare and  retail to offer clients the industry-specific solutions and services they need to realise business transformation and growth.
 
“BDO is continually identifying ways to transform our business to help our clients transform theirs. We knew this evolved strategic alliance with Microsoft would be critical to continue providing a best-in-class experience for both our people and our clients,” said Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA, LLP and BDO Global Board Chair.
 
BDO has made significant investments in its own digital expertise and services in recent years, and the expanded collaboration with Microsoft will help further BDO’s global purpose of people helping people. BDO has already largely deployed Microsoft Teams, increasing collaboration and enhancing productivity between BDO people across markets and disciplines.  BDO advisors will be able to leverage Microsoft’s Enterprise Skills Initiative to advance their technical skills, increase their Microsoft solutions knowledge and earn certifications, so they can help middle market clients around the world, realize digital transformation, and add client value in their markets.
 
Rodney Clark, Corporate Vice President, Global Channel Sales, and Channel Chief at Microsoft: “Microsoft is pleased to align with BDO, a trusted middle market adviser who works closely with middle market customers every day. BDO’s deep business knowledge combined with Microsoft Cloud solutions and services will enable business transformation and growth for clients around the world.”
 

About BDO USA  

BDO is the brand name for BDO USA, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax and advisory services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. For more than 100 years, BDO has provided quality service through the active involvement of skilled and committed professionals. The firm serves clients through more than 70 offices and over has over 750 independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multi-national clients through a global network of more than 95,000 people working out of over 1,70 offices across 164 countries. 
 
BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, is the U.S. member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms. BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms. For more information please visit: www.bdo.com