Accenture to Invest $250 Million to Expand Technology Consulting Capabilities to Help Clients Align IT Strategy with Business Strategy



    NEW YORK, June 18 /CNW/ - Accenture (NYSE:  ACN) will invest more than $250
million over the next three years to expand its technology consulting
capabilities to help clients better align information technology and business
strategy. The investment is designed to address a strong increase in demand
from clients for services and advice from technology-platform-independent
services providers.

    The investment will enable Accenture to enhance its strategy planning,
marketing, offering and asset development, alliance development and
management, and recruiting and training for its technology capabilities.

    Specifically, the investment will focus on helping clients: develop IT
strategies that deliver measurable business outcomes; standardize, virtualize
and secure their IT infrastructures and applications; improve worker
productivity; and implement new consumer-like, Web-based applications that tap
into the potential of services-oriented architecture (SOA) and other newer
technologies.

    "Aligning IT with business strategy has, once again, become a top issue
for companies worldwide," said William D. Green, Accenture's chairman & CEO.
"To address this, we are enhancing the end-to-end services we offer through
Accenture Technology Consulting, an organization within our Systems
Integration & Technology growth platform. We will complement our rich
portfolio of assets and processes with new services that provide greater
insight into IT's impact on business performance. This is becoming
particularly important as companies face new challenges in a variety of areas,
particularly application renewal, information security and compliance. Our
unique status as one of the few, and certainly largest, independent sources
for technology services should position us well in addressing the dramatically
increased demand we've seen for these services over the last year."

    Among the services Accenture Technology Consulting offers are IT strategy
and transformation; IT merger integration; infrastructure transformation;
security; and offerings that enable companies to cost-effectively renew legacy
applications and provide in-depth IT performance assessments and metrics. The
$250 million investment will enable Accenture Technology Consulting to expand
on the development of:

    --  Next-generation data center capabilities, including data center
consolidation; server consolidation and rationalization; storage
transformation; test- and development-environment transformation; service desk
optimization; and "green computing" for optimizing data-center performance
while reducing power consumption;

    --  A series of enterprise network offerings that leverage Accenture's
expertise in designing and building converged data and voice systems,
including Internet protocol-based networks, which address the mobility demands
of today's workforce by enabling anytime, anywhere access to corporate
information, databases, e-mail and applications;

    --  Highly specialized IT infrastructure and application security
capabilities focused on helping organizations decrease risk, reduce costs,
maintain business continuity, improve productivity and allow secure
interaction with employees, business partners and customers through effective
identity and access management; and

    --  Next-generation workplace capabilities to help deploy IT to automate
common workplace activities, including a solution that redefines the workplace
as being wherever the employee needs or wants to work, and from any device,
anywhere, anytime.

    Don Rippert, Accenture's chief technology officer, said, "We are
enhancing the services we offer by building and expanding our technical
capabilities and investing aggressively in our workforce. We bring together
the entire range of IT solutions - from the upfront IT strategy to
optimization of the underlying infrastructure and applications - necessary to
deliver transformational results that clearly improve our clients' business
performance and competitiveness. We believe that those who truly want to
achieve high performance will strive to analyze improvement opportunities
across their entire IT landscape, considering processes, people, IT operations
and governance to make a positive impact on business performance."

    "The market for technology consulting services continues to grow at a
steady pace as companies seek IT strategies to deal with a variety of issues
ranging from compliance requirements to large and complex transformational
initiatives," said Curtis Price, program director at industry analyst firm
IDC. "IDC believes that Accenture's investment in technology consulting
services is a perfect complement to the company's deep industry knowledge and
strong management consulting operations. The development of a comprehensive
set of technology consulting solutions, combined with the market demand for
independent services providers, will enable Accenture to expand its sphere of
influence and drive a more strategic relationship with companies seeking to
leverage IT to meet business objectives."

    About Accenture

    Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture
collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses
and governments. With deep industry and business process expertise, broad
global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right
people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance.
With more than 152,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net
revenues of US$16.65 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2006. Its home
page is www.accenture.com.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to our
operations and results of operations, the accuracy of which is necessarily
subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to
differ materially from those expressed or implied include general economic
conditions and the factors discussed under the "Risk Factors" heading in our
most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with or
furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accenture undertakes no
duty to update any forward-looking statements made in this news release or to
conform such statements to actual results or changes in Accenture's
expectations.




For further information:

For further information: Accenture Ed Trapasso, 917-452-3555
ed.trapasso@accenture.com


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