PwC is the latest consulting giant to promote Google Apps for Work -- the SaaS platform that competes with Microsoft Office 365. PwC will also support Google Cloud Platform, which competes with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. The PwC moves reinforce new cloud realities for corporate IT departments and the world of IT outsourcing.

PwC, Accenture and many other consulting giants grew up recommending, deploying and supporting complex, on-premises IT environments for customers. But as large and midsize companies move some workloads to public clouds, consulting firms have been forced to evolve their service portfolios.

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