Accenture Completes Acquisition of Ariba’s Sourcing Services and Business Process Outsourcing Assets

NEW YORK; Nov. 16, 2010 — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has completed its acquisition of the sourcing services and business process outsourcing (BPO) services assets of Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA), strengthening Accenture’s position as a leading provider of sourcing and procurement consulting and outsourcing services.

The acquisition of these assets, which include Ariba’s direct and indirect category expertise, sourcing process expertise and strategic sourcing execution resources, will enable Accenture to provide clients with deeper category expertise, enhanced highly scalable global sourcing service delivery operations and proprietary sourcing databases, benchmarks and technologies.

Approximately 160 Ariba employees from various locations around the world are expected to join Accenture as a result of the acquisition.

“As a current leader in procurement and supply chain BPO, and supply chain management consulting, Accenture sees this acquisition as an opportunity to extend and further differentiate our offering in the marketplace,” said Mike Salvino, group chief executive, BPO, Accenture. “We’ve strengthened our ability to provide sourcing savings across a broader range of categories as well as business insight and analytics which help our clients achieve high performance in procurement. “

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