June 21, 2011

New Accenture Foundation Platform for Oracle (AFPO) Speeds Implementation of Oracle Fusion Middleware

Helps Companies and Organizations Lay the Foundation for Future Applications

NEW YORK; June 21, 2011 —Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today rolled out version two of its Accenture Foundation Platform for Oracle (AFPO), a software tool which accelerates the process of integrating and developing solutions on Oracle Fusion Middleware.

AFPO is estimated to help reduce by as much as 30 percent the time and cost it takes for businesses or organizations to implement Oracle Fusion Middleware 11 g. Currently, nine Accenture clients are using version one of AFPO as part of an early pilot release program launched in December, 2010.

AFPO currently supports three of the key Oracle Fusion Middleware 11 g technology suites: Oracle SOA Suite 11 g, Oracle Business Intelligence Suite 11 g, and Oracle Identity Management Suite 11 g.

In addition, AFPO also integrates and supports Oracle Database 11 g R2, Oracle Enterprise Manager 11 g, and Oracle Data Integrator 11 g. Subsequent scheduled releases of Oracle Fusion Middleware products will also be supported, including WebCenter 11g planned for version three of AFPO later this year.

“With the Accenture Foundation Platform for Oracle, Accenture has packaged the valuable experience and knowledge it has acquired from hundreds of implementations of Oracle’s products for customers over the years,” said John Gawkowski, vice president, Oracle Platform Technology Solutions. “We’re pleased to have worked together with Accenture in building this unique accelerator.”

With AFPO, Accenture provides a reference application architecture, implementation accelerator, and common services framework to support Oracle Fusion Middleware.

AFPO is designed to meet the needs of businesses and organizations looking to simplify and speed up the installation of new 11 g software. For example, it is pre-configured to reduce the design and customization work that would otherwise be required.

It can also be delivered as a fully-integrated architecture or in sections—such as SOA or security--depending on a client’s need. Accenture is also incorporating AFPO into its design methodology and training, and will use it as the foundation architecture for its industry solutions built on Oracle.

AFPO represents the cornerstone of Accenture’s Fusion Readiness Program, which is designed to help companies and organizations anticipate the architectural and business needs of Oracle Fusion Applications.

Accenture collaborated with Oracle during the AFPO design process. AFPO is offered as a modular solution that can be delivered either on premises or through the Cloud.

“We expect the Accenture Foundation Platform for Oracle to not only provide a significant jumpstart to an Oracle Fusion Middleware project, but also to help accelerate an organization’s strategic roadmap to achieving their desired business outcomes,” said Gavin Michael, managing director of R&D and alliances, Accenture. “Combined with Accenture’s advanced tools, knowledge and software implementation skills, AFPO can reduce complexity, mitigate risk and increase the speed of business value delivered from Oracle solutions.”

Accenture is a Diamond level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 215,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$21.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2010. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

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Ed TrapassoAccenture
+1 (917) 452 3555ed.trapasso@accenture.com