Accenture and SAP AG Team to Develop and Deliver e-Business Solutions for the Global Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals Industry

Development and Integration of High Value Industry-Specific e-Business Solutions Designed to Reduce Customer Inventories, Streamline Pricing Procedures and Capacity Utilization, and Condense Cycle Times

Houston, January 30, 2001-- Accenture and SAP AG (NYSE ADR: SAP) announced today a global expansion of their strategic relationship in the energy industry. The alliance will capitalize on Accenture’s unmatched industry knowledge and market-leading eCommerce delivery capability coupled with SAP® e-Business innovation and thought leadership to deliver® solutions focused on the oil, gas and petrochemical industry.

With this alliance, SAP and Accenture renew their commitment to work together in bringing value-added solutions to the industry. As such, a key component of the alliance is the enhanced ability to develop new e-business solutions. These e-Business solutions will leverage web efficiencies to condense cycle times, reduce inventories and streamline pricing procedures and capacity utilization.

"SAP and Accenture have an exceptional track record of teamwork to the benefit of our clients in the industry," said Paul Fockens, lead Partner for Accenture’s Global Energy practice. "We look forward to introducing this alliance to our clients and together we will jointly provide services and solutions that reduce time and total costs for web-enabled enterprise systems."

"In an increasingly competitive oil and gas industry, thought leadership and proven e-business solutions are critical ingredients to success," said Peter Zencke, member of the Executive Board for SAP AG. "SAP looks forward to expanding its alliance with Accenture in the energy industry, and providing end-to-end, cost-effective, powerful e-business solutions that dramatically improve business for our global oil and gas clients."

Accenture and SAP have enjoyed a storied strategic relationship and first joined forces in the energy industry to develop IS-Oil in 1993.

About Accenture
Accenture is a $10 billion global management and technology consulting organization. The firm is reinventing itself to become the market maker, architect and builder of the new economy, bringing innovations to improve the way the world works and lives. More than 70,000 people in 46 countries deliver a wide range of specialized capabilities and solutions to clients across all industries. Under its strategy, the firm is building a network of businesses to meet the full range of client needs -- consulting, technology, outsourcing, alliances and venture capital. Accenture’s home page address is

About SAP
With more than 13,000 customers and 30,000 installations worldwide, SAP is the leading e-business applications provider for the new Internet economy. Combining collaborative online and mobile commerce technologies, industry expertise, and implementation capabilities, the® e-business platform enables companies to improve relationships with their customers and partners, streamline operations, and achieve revolutionary efficiencies throughout their supply chain. SAP is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." Additional information about SAP can be found at

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