Gartner names Accenture 2009 EMEA market share and revenue leader

by Editor 7/21/2010 11:49:00 AM
Leading analyst firm Gartner has named Accenture the 2009 western Europe leader in market share and revenue in three key solution categories: operations system support, billing systems support and service delivery platform.

Gartner released this ranking in a report entitled "Market Share: Telecom Operations Management Systems (BSS, OSS and SDP), EMEA, 2007-2009," authored by Martina Kurth, Kamlesh Bhatia and Norbert Scholz, 30 April 2010. The report ranks the top 50 telecom operations management system vendors in western Europe, with an emphasis on business systems support, operations systems support, and service delivery platform.

Accenture’s award-winning SDP solution utilizes Web 2.0 technology to promote the ultimate open and collaborative environment for providing the infrastructure and common business functions that can drive high performance. It helps providers to create, deliver and manage a wide range of products and services for consumers and enterprises more quickly, and at lower cost and risk.

"BSS, OSS, and SDP will continue to be the heart of any communications providers operations, providing the critical foundation for new, high-speed broadband networks, which are enabling a broader range of innovative services and content," said Angelo Morelli, Global Executive Director, New Product Development and Innovation, Accenture’s Communications and High Tech Group. "Today, traditional providers are working to transform their operations and platforms to serve consumers' emerging needs and preferences, while new providers are jockeying for position to become the new providers of choice"

Key consulting technologies that Accenture provides include:

Converged billing systems, designed to enable providers to address the increasing complexity of pricing models and revenue sharing to support new products and services roadmaps which require more real-time integration with the network, service platforms, and marketing;

Workforce management solutions that enable organizations to increase productivity, market share, and shareholder value by ensuring that they have the right people, with the right skills in the right role;

SDP, which delivers a common way to create, provision, and execute multiple service types across different types of networks, and data center operations processing and hosting;

Provisioning and activation solutions, which provide communications companies with end-to-end service fulfillment capabilities, including order entry, service and network design and provisioning, third-party provisioning, service test and activation and customer-facing order management; and

Inventory management solutions, which help companies track and manage their telecom assets through a central repository of all fixed and wireless, and voice and data networking assets across the service providers. Obtaining an accurate view of the network assets and services deployed by the service providers is particularly critical for optimized telco operations, from network design and build to capacity planning, service creation, provisioning and service assurance.

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Accenture acquires Acceria as part of expansion plan

by Editor 7/14/2010 11:37:00 AM
Accenture, global management and technology consulting firm, has announced the aquisition of Acceria, a company that specializes in providing business processes and methodologies dedicated to the after-sales operations of industrial companies. The companies did not disclose the terms of the agreement.

The acquisition includes Acceria's employees and assets which provide innovative business solutions intended to help companies improve and sustain after-sales performance. With this acquisition, Accenture aims to strenghten its operations on the automotive and industrial manufacturing market as well as its capabilities in management consulting.

Sergio Colella, managing director of Accenture’s Industrial Equipment group, said, "For successful after-sales operations in a competitive market environment, optimizing a company’s product and service portfolio and its pricing strategy is key. Acceria’s after-sales expertise, industrialized assets and innovative solutions can help automotive and industrial manufacturing companies improve after-sales revenues. This acquisition is designed to accelerate Accenture’s expansion into the automotive and industrial marketplace."

"We are excited to be combining our business with Accenture’s consulting expertise and global reach," said Laurent Boutboul, CEO of Acceria. "We are confident that together we will make a significant impact on the after-sales operations of companies in the automotive and industrial manufacturing sector, which should enable Accenture clients to set strategies that grow their businesses and allow for rapid return on investment."

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Deltek completes tender offer to buy European ERP provider

by Editor 7/7/2010 11:08:00 AM
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Enterprise applications software company Deltek, Inc. has completed its tender offer to acquire Maconomy A/S, European ERP provider. With this offer, Deltek is acquiring approximately 94 percent of the company's outstanding shares at the price of DKK 20.50 per share, hoping to acquire the remaining shares in the course of the coming weeks.

"We are thrilled to be part of Deltek," said Hugo Dorph, CEO of Maconomy. "Deltek and Maconomy are a great synergistic fit, and for years we have both been focused on improving business performance for project-focused organizations around the world with specialized solutions and technology. Now, Maconomy is aligned with an organization that can accelerate our growth objectives and introduce our innovative solutions to more customers. I look forward to working with the entire Deltek team as we work together as one organization to deliver world-class solutions to leading professional services firms around the globe."

"On behalf of the entire Deltek organization, I want to welcome the Maconomy customers and employees into the Deltek family," said Kevin Parker, President and CEO of Deltek. "Acquiring Maconomy is a game-changing move for our organization in many ways. It greatly extends our reach into Europe, broadens our portfolio of solutions to additional professional services segments, and adds new cutting-edge resource management capabilities that are applicable across the entire Deltek customer base -- including government contracting. With more than 45 years of combined research and development in our software solutions and decades of knowledge obtained from powering the world's most dynamic professional services firms, our new organization stands alone in the marketplace as the true global enterprise applications leader serving project-focused businesses."

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Deltek and Maconomy are an excellent strategic fit, and the combination pairs two leaders in their respective markets. The combined company has unmatched domain expertise in the professional services market with close to 13,000 customers worldwide, as well as immense geographic reach across the world. It serves all major segments within the professional services vertical market, including architecture & engineering, advertising, public relations, accounting, management and IT consulting, and legal. The combined organization has a prominent market position and has an unmatched list of project-based customers, including:

  • 80% of the Engineering News Record Top 500 Design Firms
  • Approximately 80% of the 2009 ZweigWhite Top 200 fastest-growing Architecture, Engineering and Environmental consulting firms
  • Four of the five largest Global Accounting and Consulting firms
  • The world's three largest Marketing Communications Networks
  • Approximately 90% of the Top 100 U.S. Federal Contractors
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