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January 19, 2007
Accenture Positioned in “Leaders” Quadrant for Supply Chain Management Service Providers by Top Analyst Firm

NEW YORK; Jan. 19, 2007 – Accenture has been positioned in the “leaders” quadrant in Gartner Inc.’s recent assessment of supply chain management service providers in North America.

In the report, “Magic Quadrant for North American SCM Consulting and Integration Service Providers,”[1] Gartner evaluated 14 service providers across North America on their ability to execute and their completeness of vision.

According to Gartner, "leaders" are vendors that are performing well, have a clear vision of market direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market. 

Gartner evaluated the service providers based on "Ability to Execute," which measures product/service, overall viability, sales execution/pricing, market responsiveness and track record, marketing execution, customer experience and operations  and “Completeness of Vision” which measures market understanding, market strategy, sales strategy, offering strategy, business model, vertical/industry strength, innovation and geographic strategy.Client feedback is one of Gartner’s most critical measures of a provider’s supply chain practice.

“We strive to help our clients develop high-performing supply chains based on operational strategies that enable profitable growth in existing and new markets,” said Pat Byrne, managing director of Accenture’s Supply Chain Management practice.  “We are pleased to receive this recognition from Gartner and from our clients.”

The full report is available on Accenture’s website at: http://www.accenture.com/SupplyChain/GartnerMagicQuadrant.

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2006 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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 approximately 146,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$16.65 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2006.  Its home page is www.accenture.com.

[1] Gartner Research “Magic Quadrant for North American SCM Consulting and Integration Service Providers” by L. Clark, December 7, 2006.