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October 12, 2004

Accenture Launches HR Outsourcing Solution for Mid-Sized Organizations

NEW YORK; Oct. 12, 2004 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today launched a new human resources (HR) outsourcing solution that enables mid-sized organizations to outsource their end-to-end HR services and functions, achieving higher performance levels in HR services while lowering their costs.

Targeted for companies with 2,000 to 10,000 employees in North America, the offering is provided by Accenture HR Services, an Accenture business that provides people-management services on an outsourced basis, and utilizes the proven payroll, benefits and transaction management services and technology of long-term suppliers. Services include applicant tracking, training administration, payroll, benefits administration, HR transaction management and information services in addition to contact and case-management services and HR information technology, including portal and self-service applications.

Providing predictive pricing, improved service delivery and access to new technology -- including employee and manager self-service -- at a significant cost savings, the solution enables customers to avoid the expensive capital outlays that result from implementing highly customized enterprise-resource planning solutions.

“Our new offering for mid-sized organizations will give this very important market access to Accenture’s outsourcing expertise with the promise of excellent HR service delivery,” said David Clinton, president of Accenture HR Services. “With more than 20 million employees in the U.S. mid-market alone, we are confident that this solution will fill a much-needed gap in the HR outsourcing marketplace.”

The offering, known as the Configurable HR Outsourcing Solution for Mid-Sized Organizations, is a natural evolution of Accenture HR Services’ HR service delivery model for larger organizations.

“By allowing mid-sized organizations to outsource their end-to-end HR services to a single provider, the solution enables them to leverage the economies of scale of Accenture HR Services, ultimately streamlining their relationship management responsibilities and significantly reducing HR expenditures,” said Glenn Davidson, director of the new offering.

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 100,000 people in 48 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$11.8 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2003. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

About Accenture HR Services
Accenture HR Services, an Accenture business, provides people-management services to enterprises on an outsourced basis. Employing advanced technology and industry-leading human resources practices, Accenture HR Services works in close collaboration with its clients to accommodate the unique needs and characteristics of their business operations and people. In this way, Accenture HR Services enables organizations to concentrate on optimizing their core business activities while reducing their costs and realizing the greatest possible value from all of their assets. Its home page is www.accenture.com/hrservices.

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