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September 16, 2003
Accenture and Microsoft to Launch Enhanced Accenture eGovernment Accelerator in Europe and South Africa

ROME, Sept. 16, 2003Accenture and Microsoft today announced plans to introduce an enhanced version of the Accenture eGovernment Accelerator, which will include Microsoft’s Gateway portal solution.

Integrating Microsoft’s Gateway Solution with the Accenture eGovernment Accelerator will help governments speed up the rollout of new electronic services. The Accelerator is designed to offer transactional forms and information on the Internet that are integrated with "back-end" government IT operations. The Gateway Solution previously was used in the United Kingdom.

Accenture and Microsoft plan to market the newly enhanced Accenture eGovernment Accelerator in: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The Accelerator offers a broad range of capabilities that include:

  • generating and processing electronic forms;

  • authenticating and authorizing transactions;

  • offering common transaction routing capabilities to facilitate reliable delivery of documents and messages;

  • integrating electronic services across the enterprise; and

  • supporting digital signatures.

The Accenture eGovernment Accelerator was launched in March 2001 to help governments shorten the time it takes to create Web-based services for citizens. The Accelerator incorporates Accenture’s expertise and industry-leading practices with popular Microsoft technology to enable governments to quickly create and launch new transactional services online. The Accelerator’s flexible, extendable architecture is easily customized to meet individual government requirements.

"This new version of the Accenture eGovernment Accelerator will help governments integrate the back-end of their Web-based services while shortening the time that is normally required to create convenient online services," said Juan Domenech, Accenture managing partner for Government Services in Europe and South Africa. "As governments -- perhaps today more than ever -- are pressured to provide better service at a lower cost, the Accenture eGovernment Accelerator offers solution that can meet this goal."

"The jointly developed solution, which we’ll deliver to clients in Europe and South Africa, has the potential to fundamentally change the way governments conduct business, enhancing citizen services, increasing efficiency and significantly reducing costs," said Pete Hayes, vice president of Microsoft’s Public Sector practice in Europe, Middle-East & Africa region. "The Accelerator, developed by Microsoft and Accenture on the basis of our companies’ experience in working with governments, meets both the requirements to reduce the cost of service delivery and citizens’ demands for new electronic services."

In Europe, Accenture and Microsoft already are working with governments to help them create more convenient online services. Among those governments are:

  • The Denmark Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation: A unique solution, called XML-Infostructurebase, quickly connected the systems of internal agencies and departments to help the Ministry better connect with citizens. With the new system, Danish citizens can more easily access government services, and they may do so through multiple service channels, including computers, personal digital assistants, smart phones and call centers.

  • The Ireland Office of the Civil Service and Local Appointments Commissioners (OSLAC): A secure online job application facility, using the Accenture eGovernment Accelerator, is enabling OSLAC to process 70,000 applications for approximately 6,000 public sector vacancies online and offer the applicants more convenient service via the Internet.

  • Spain’s Generalitat de Catalunya: The Generalitat and 800 local Catalunyan authorities created a public company, called .CAT, which packages offerings across the public sector and delivers them to citizens and businesses. .CAT is simplifying citizens’ relationships with government by creating new channels of interaction. Among these new channels is a portal that ultimately will include 200 services, as well as a wide variety of information and transaction capabilities.

About Accenture
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is a global management consulting and technology services company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them realize their visions and create tangible value. With deep industry expertise, broad global resources and proven experience in consulting and outsourcing, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills, alliances and technologies. With more than 80,000 people in 47 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$11.6 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2002. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software any time, any place and on any device.