Avanade is a global provider of Microsoft-based information technology consulting services. As a privately held company, its customers include the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Sonic Automotive and Archer Daniels Midland. The company provides various business intelligence services, such as enterprise performance management and information architecture. It also offers application maintenance and renewal services. Avanade has operations in the United States, as well as Europe, and Asia Pacific. Founded in 2000 as a joint venture between Microsoft Corporation and Accenture, the company maintains a work force of more than 8,500 employees. It additionally offers on-site, offshore and near-shore delivery options.