Deloitte announced on Monday that it has acquired Maclean, VA-based cloud consulting firm Day1 Solutions in an effort to boost its cloud services.

According to Deloitte, the services of Day1’s team will also accelerate its collaboration with leading cloud platforms in the market. Day1 has clients in commercial industries and government agencies.  

"Cloud is the backbone of innovation and a conduit for clients to reimagine how they do business," Ranjit Bawa, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP said in a statement. "For years, we've helped our clients view cloud integration as a critical driver for business transformation. By adding these significant investments to our portfolio, our clients will have access to deeper cloud expertise and even more innovative capabilities, as well as the talent they need to help them thrive in a fast-moving digital economy."

Deloitte says that Day1 Solution’s clients have engaged them to tap into trusted system integrators, managed service providers, and value-added resellers.

The acquisition of Day1 comes a month after Deloitte formed an AWS cloud practice with 2,500 practitioners around the world.

"As one of the largest professional services organizations in the world and a recognized leader in applying new technologies to businesses, Deloitte provides the reach and expertise needed to share our award-winning cloud solutions with a diverse client roster," Luis Benavides, founder and CEO of Day1 said in a statement. "At the end of the day, our commitment to clients is to harness the power of cloud to accelerate their digital transformation."

Deloitte is also planning to add 3,000 new engineers over the next year to help organizations integrate and manage business operations in the cloud, using analytics and cognitive solutions. The majority of these new engineers will operate out of three new cloud studios to be opened in Orlando, New York and Washington, D.C. over the next year.  

"The growth of cloud computing has skyrocketed over the last few years – according to Synergy Research Group, $148 billion in 2016 and growing 25 percent annually. Cloud capabilities are the great enablers of digital transformation and there's a strong demand from clients to help them innovate their businesses with new cloud-based platforms," Bawa said. "These strategic investments help strengthen Deloitte's cloud-based solutions by providing clients with a full spectrum of digital, analytics and enterprise cloud services – that ultimately power business agility and growth in a cloud-driven world."