October 29, 2001
Accenture Opens Two New Offshore Development Facilities

New Centers in India, Czech Republic Bolster Company’s Outsourcing, Software Development and Hosting Offerings

NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2001 – Accenture today announced the opening of new technology-development facilities in the Czech Republic and India that will enable the company to broaden its offerings in outsourcing, software development and hosting services.

Located in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and in Prague, the two new facilities complement Accenture’s existing offshore resources in the Philippines and Spain and are part of a global network of more than 20 Accenture Delivery Centers. These centers enable the company to provide a full range of technology-driven services, including business-process outsourcing; application development, management and hosting; and technology infrastructure development and outsourcing.

Combining High-Quality Service with Lower Delivery Costs

In particular, the addition of the two new delivery centers will help the company aggressively expand its core offerings in the area of business transformation outsourcing — restructuring and outsourcing entire business processes for enhanced business performance, cost management and growth.

“The new facilities in the Czech Republic and India will allow us to combine Accenture’s deep range of technology resources with lower cost of service delivery. This is a significant differentiator for us,” said James Hall, managing partner of Accenture’s Technology Business Solutions unit. “Our clients will benefit from a variety of new development options, a deeper pool of skilled resources and greater cost flexibility.”

India Center Staffs Up with High-Quality Talent Pool

The Mumbai Delivery Center, Accenture’s first development site in India, is currently staffed with software engineers with expertise in UNIX, Microsoft and SAP. The center is focusing initially on enterprise application development.

“Our Mumbai Delivery Center will give us the flexibility to offer Accenture value at a new range of price points,” said Sid Khanna, the Accenture partner who oversees business development at the Mumbai center. “The quality and size of the local talent pool will enable us to offer a wider array of offshore services to our clients while keeping a single-minded focus on delivering business value — not just software and technology.”

Prague Site Ready to Deliver Business Process Outsourcing

Accenture’s new European Delivery Center in Prague will provide business-process outsourcing capabilities for finance and accounting, customer relationship management and logistics to clients in the manufacturing and chemical industries.

“The Prague center is the latest move in Accenture’s strategy to create a global network of specialized, multi-client, cross-geography, shared-service centers,” said Martin I. Cole, Accenture’s lead partner for outsourcing operations. “While we will initially focus on serving European clients, we will rapidly expand the site’s capabilities, offering a wide range of critical business processes on an outsourced basis to large multinational companies.”

About Accenture
Accenture is the world’s leading provider of management and technology consulting services and solutions, with more than 75,000 people in 46 countries delivering a wide range of specialized capabilities and solutions to clients across all industries. Accenture operates globally with one common brand and business model designed to enable the company to serve its clients on a consistent basis around the world. Under its strategy, Accenture is building a network of businesses to meet the full range of any organization’s needs - consulting, technology, outsourcing, alliances and venture capital. Its home page is http://www.accenture.com.