August 19, 2015

Accenture Implements Cloud Technology at Thames Tideway Tunnel to Help Manage Costs and Complexity of London’s Super Sewer Project

LONDON; Aug. 19, 2015 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has implemented the NetSuite OneWorld cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution at Thames Tideway Tunnel, the company set up to build and maintain the “super-sewer” project in London.

The building of the super sewer, which will operate as a standalone regulated company, will be one of London’s biggest infrastructure projects and is intended to deliver environmental, health, and economic benefits to the capital by preventing millions of tonnes of sewage from overflowing into the River Thames each year.

To help achieve a rapid and low-cost implementation of a fully integrated, flexible IT infrastructure backbone for the new company, Accenture worked closely with enterprise alliance partner NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), a leading global provider of cloud-based financials/ERP and omnichannel commerce suites, to deploy the NetSuite OneWorld solution. The solution will support the core finance, financial planning and procurement functions, including financial consolidation, multicurrency and tax compliance.

“An agile and intuitive back-office IT system is critical for effective management and delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects,” said Robin Johns, head of Information Systems at Thames Tideway Tunnel. “We selected Accenture to help us with this implementation based on its extensive experience with NetSuite cloud ERP technology and complex system integrations. We also chose Accenture for its ability to offer practical solutions to deliver an IT platform that will help facilitate financing and construction of the super sewer, while keeping costs down for customers.”

Maureen Costello, managing director of Accenture’s utilities practice in the U.K. and Ireland, said, “The NetSuite platform will enable Thames Tideway Tunnel to streamline its core operations and make faster and more-informed business decisions based on real-time data. This is the first implementation of a true multi-tenant cloud-based ERP system at a regulated utility in the U.K. and demonstrates the company’s innovative approach and commitment to efficiently manage the delivery of this capital project.”

To date, Accenture has worked on more than 9,000 cloud computing projects for clients, including nearly 75 percent of the Fortune Global 100, and has more than 17,000 professionals trained in cloud computing.

About Thames Tideway Tunnel
The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a 25km sewer tunnel which will intercept the 34 most polluting Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) points along the River Thames. Currently, 39 million tonnes of raw sewage pours into the river after heavy rainfall in a typical year. Work is due to start in 2016, and the project is due for completion in 2023. For more information, visit

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 336,000 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$30.0 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2014. Its home page is

About NetSuite
NetSuite Inc. is the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software suites. In addition to financials/ERP software suites, NetSuite offers a broad suite of applications, including accounting, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Professional Services Automation (PSA) and ecommerce that enables companies to manage most of their core business operations in its single integrated suite. NetSuite software allows businesses to automate operations, streamline processes and access real-time business information anytime, anywhere.

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