February 02, 2010
Accenture Receives Highest Possible Rating in Leading Analyst Company’s Finance Management Report

NEW YORK; Feb. 2, 2010 – Accenture (NYSE:ACN) today announced that its Finance & Performance Management consulting group received a “Strong Positive” rating, the highest possible rating, in Gartner’s “Marketscope for Global Finance Management Consulting Services.” [1]
Gartner’s MarketScope provides a comparative evaluation of finance management consulting and solution implementation services delivered in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, in part taking into account the service provider’s industry and geographic strategies, product and services, the customer experience and market responsiveness and track record.
“It is gratifying to see the recognition, which we believe means that we have built a truly global practice with both the breadth and depth of skill and scale to help our chief financial officer (CFO) and finance executive clients create high performing finance organizations,” said Paul Boulanger, managing director, Accenture Finance & Performance Management consulting group.  “One of our strengths is our ability to help executives successfully tackle the most complex, wide-reaching finance transformation programs, yet at the same time, provide deeply skilled support for specific finance issues, such as helping companies improve closing and reporting processes, or optimizing tax function operations.”
Accenture Finance & Performance Management consulting group’s areas of focus include: 
  • Corporate Finance / Finance Strategy – helping CFOs and finance function executives establish the direction and strategy for the finance function;
  • Finance Operations – collaborating with clients to create effective and efficient back-office financial capabilities with services ranging from process improvement and organizational analysis and design, to enabling technologies for finance;
  • Enterprise Performance Management – refining and optimizing the CFO’s ability to organize and analyze financial, operational and external information to drive shareholder value; and 
  • Risk Management - teaming with organizations to identify, measure and proactively assess risks in an effort to achieve higher economic returns and deliver improved value to stakeholders.
For more information about Accenture Finance & Performance Management services, please visit www.accenture.com/fpm.
About the Gartner MarketScope
The Marketscope is copyrighted 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission.  The MarketScope is an evaluation 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 MarketScope, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest rating.  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, with more than 176,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$21.58 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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[1] Gartner, Inc., “MarketScope for Global Finance Management Consulting Services,” [December 21, 2009]