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July 20, 2006
Accenture and Avanade Honored as Microsoft Partners

Companies Win 2006 Global Enterprise Partner of the Year Special Recognition Award and Accenture Receives Regional Microsoft Partner Award

NEW YORK; July 20, 2006 – Accenture and Avanade have been honored by Microsoft with its 2006 Global Enterprise Partner of the Year Special Recognition Award. Accenture was also selected as a regional winner of the Microsoft Partner Awards Program. The awards were presented last week at the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Boston. Accenture is the only Microsoft partner that has won the Global Enterprise award three times.

Accenture and Avanade were selected out of an international field of top Microsoft partners because of their demonstrated leadership in developing and delivering enterprise-class solutions based on the Microsoft platform, global presence, growth of the alliance relationship and joint business wins. Winners of this special recognition award are chosen based on positive feedback from Microsoft’s worldwide Enterprise & Partner Group and Industry Partner Leads.

Accenture was also selected as a regional winner of the Microsoft Partner Awards Program for its work with the London Stock Exchange in building Infolect™, the fastest real-time information delivery system of any exchange in the world. The regional award recognizes companies that deliver exceptional customer solutions built on Microsoft technology. The London Stock Exchange’s Infolect system was built on the Microsoft.NET Framework and was launched by the Exchange in October 2005. The system currently broadcasts more than 12 million messages a day to 100,000 customer terminals receiving real-time Exchange market data, which is viewed in over 100 countries. Accenture and Avanade collaborated with the Exchange on the implementation of the Microsoft .NET Framework.

Seeing a demand for technical expertise on the Microsoft platform, Accenture and Microsoft jointly formed an independent private company called Avanade in March 2000. Together, the three companies have collaborated on more than 1,500 projects for more than 1,000 business and government organizations worldwide to help them improve their performance through solutions built on Microsoft technologies.

All three companies bring unique capabilities in delivering enterprise-class business solutions on the Microsoft platform. Accenture offers business acumen and industry expertise focused on helping clients become high-performance businesses and governments, Avanade brings deep technical skills and repeatable technology assets that accelerate development and delivery, and Microsoft brings product expertise and a comprehensive platform for enterprise computing. Together, the three companies have brought to market more than 70 pre-integrated, engineered solutions that address both cross-industry and industry-specific needs.

“We are honored to receive this award again from Microsoft, which recognizes the strength of a partnership built on trust and collaboration,” said Dave Hill, senior managing director, technology alliances, Accenture.

“The award is a testament to the efforts of Accenture and Avanade to deliver powerful, mission-critical Microsoft-based solutions that meet the needs of enterprises worldwide,” added Mitch Hill, chief executive officer, Avanade.

Today, Accenture and Avanade together offer nearly 28,000 Microsoft-skilled resources worldwide.

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance. With more than 133,000 people in 48 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$15.55 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2005. Its home page is

About Avanade
Avanade is the leading technology integrator specializing in the Microsoft enterprise platform. Our people help customers around the world maximize their IT investment and create comprehensive solutions that drive business results. Additional information can be found at