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July 10, 2006

Accenture Launches New R&D Facility in Bangalore, India

Company’s 4th Technology Lab Joins Others in U.S. and France

BANGALORE, India; July 10, 2006 – Accenture today opened a research and development technology lab in Bangalore. The fourth such facility operated by Accenture Technology Labs, it joins sites in the United States (Palo Alto, California and Chicago, Illinois) and France (Sophia Antipolis).

Accenture Technology Labs-India will focus on original research and development in systems integration and software engineering. The goal will be to enable businesses to reduce the cost and improve the quality of technology solution delivery.

“Technology innovation is a key driver of high performance. The role of the labs is to create a vision of how technology will shape the future and invent the next wave of cutting-edge business solutions and new ways to develop those solutions,” said Scott Rose, Global Managing Director, Accenture Technology Labs. “In combining technology expertise with business acumen, our researchers take new and emerging technologies and create prototypes and cutting edge solutions that help our clients maximize future performance.”

Accenture already has a significant presence in India through its Global Delivery Network, with 17,500 professionals working in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune, and serving more than 200 Accenture clients. Accenture’s Global Delivery Network has more than 44,000 people around the world providing a wide array of services in system integration, application outsourcing, and business process outsourcing.

“The competitive strength of Accenture’s operation in India is central to our success as a global company,” said Don Rippert, Accenture’s Chief Technology Officer. “Accenture Technology Labs-India will support our ability to drive further innovation in this ever-changing global delivery market. In Bangalore, Accenture’s research team will be able to interact directly with the delivery teams responsible for some of the organization’s largest and most complex systems integration projects.”

At the lab in Bangalore, Accenture will research emerging technologies and approaches that can advance the software engineering lifecycle and systems integration approach. These innovations can be piloted directly with delivery teams located in the Bangalore facility. Proven innovations will then be rolled out to Accenture delivery centers that serve clients globally. Specific areas of research and development will initially include:

Top Talent
“Choosing India as the location for its fourth R&D lab was a strategic decision,” said Dr. Lin Chase, Director of the Accenture Technology Labs-India. “Bangalore is rapidly becoming a global hub for technology, R&D and software engineering. Some of the best researchers and developers in the world are based here and Accenture wants to tap into this wealth of talent to build on our research culture. We are hiring India’s top talent to build assets that will fuel high performance for our clients over the next two to five years.”

According to Dr. Chase, research and development professionals from India’s leading universities and research and software engineering institutes will staff the Bangalore facility. She estimated that the core team will grow to more than 100 researchers and developers.

The Bangalore lab will have access to up to 2,000 of the latest software development projects across Accenture. Supporting this will be Accenture’s Experimental Software Environment (ESE), giving researchers hands-on experience with new technologies.

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 www.accenture.com.

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