June 23, 2010
Accenture Recognized as a Leader in IDC MarketScape Cited for SAP Implementation Skills

NEW YORK; June 23, 2010 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been recognized as a “leader” in a newly-released study from IDC that analyzes the capabilities of firms that perform SAP implementations.

“Accenture’s strengths include one of the largest set of global capabilities in the ecosystem, a 30-year history of working closely with SAP, a broad and robust set of SAP implementation services, SAP-managed services, and the ability to combine management and technology consulting,” said a portion of the study.

“Deep client relationships and many reference accounts and mindshare, particularly at the C level, continue to drive Accenture’s penetration further into its large pool of existing clients.”  

The study is entitled, "IDC MarketScape: SAP Implementation Ecosystems, 2009 Vendor Analysis .”  IDC is a leading industry analyst firm. 

“We’re honored to have been so highly rated, especially since the findings reflect the opinions of buyers of system integration services for SAP,” said Mark Willford, global managing director, Accenture SAP business.  “What’s more, IDC’s MarketScape methodology is very rigorous. So we view the rating as validation of Accenture’s long track record of helping clients achieve high performance by  leveraging SAP solutions.”   

The recently-released study, which was conducted in 2009, used IDC’s MarketScape model to evaluate the ‘competitive fitness’ of firms that integrate SAP-based systems on behalf of companies and organizations. A variety of firms were evaluated. 

“This MarketScape report is perhaps the most comprehensive done by any organization on the topic of SAP-based systems integration,” said Willford. “It represents IDC’s opinion on which firms are well positioned today through current capabilities, and which are best positioned to continue to provide top notch service to its clients in the future.”   
About IDC MarketScape
IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.
About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 181,000 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. Accenture is committed to being a good corporate citizen, dedicated to minimizing its environmental impact and helping individuals around the world build skills that enable them to participate in and contribute to the economy.  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] IDC, IDC MarketScape: SAP Implementation Ecosystem 2009 Vendor Analysis, Doc # 223353, May 2010