Agreement to Deliver Innovative Capabilities and Tools to Support Growth Into New Markets, New Offers and Broader Customer Relationships
MORRISTOWN, N.J.; April 17, 2003 – AT&T (NYSE: T) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today announced a five-year, $500 million agreement to transform AT&T’s residential credit and accounts receivable management functions to support AT&T’s growth plans into the local services market and provide the company with new capabilities and efficiencies.
This agreement, which follows a multi-billion dollar agreement the two companies announced last year, is designed to help AT&T expand its service portfolio, increase marketing flexibility, improve uncollected receivables, enhance operational efficiency and significantly reduce costs.
“This groundbreaking agreement is an important opportunity to introduce new innovative capabilities and tools that support our plans for expansion into new markets, new offers and broader customer relationships, while delivering operational efficiencies,” said John Polumbo, president and CEO, AT&T Consumer. “It represents a key strategic step in transforming AT&T’s service delivery capabilities.”
To help AT&T realize the full benefits of the transformation program, Accenture will manage the integration of planning, initiative execution and collections treatment processes across multiple organizations within AT&T Consumer.
“By combining the best elements of our transformational offerings with the knowledge we’ve gained from our current work for AT&T Consumer, we are able to help AT&T increase revenues and profits, reduce costs and enhance the customer experience,” said Jon Harrington, a partner in Accenture’s Communications & High Tech operating group.
The agreement combines the experience and talents of AT&T’s credit and accounts receivable management employees with Accenture’s transformation capabilities in operations and consulting.
Approximately 45 AT&T management employees, whose work is within the scope of the agreement, will follow their work and transition to Accenture. In addition, approximately 250 other AT&T employees will be part of the “co-sourced” operation and remain on the AT&T payroll.
Co-sourcing combines the strengths of both companies, each of which will contribute to the management, staffing, technology and culture of the operation.
The agreement has been structured so that AT&T will retain control of business planning, credit policy and customer interaction. Accenture will lead the overall transformation program and be responsible for operating the credit risk management and collections functions. In addition, Accenture will build and deploy enhanced capabilities to enable AT&T to support its growth objectives while mitigating risk and reducing uncollectibles.
Accenture will implement technology and process improvements by bringing to bear its experience and expertise from different industries, particularly financial services.
AT&T (www.att.com) is among the premier voice, video and data communications companies in the world, serving businesses, consumers, and government. The company runs the largest, most sophisticated communications network in the U.S., backed by the research and development capabilities of AT&T Labs. A leading supplier of data, Internet and managed services for the public and private sectors, AT&T offers outsourcing and consulting to large businesses and government. The company is a market leader in local, long distance and Internet services, as well as transaction-based services like prepaid cards, collect calling and directory assistance. With approximately $37 billion of revenue, AT&T has relationships with about 50 million consumers and 4 million business customers, who depend on AT&T for high-quality communications. AT&T has garnered several awards for outstanding performance and customer service.
Accenture is the world’s leading management consulting and technology services company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them realize their visions and create tangible value. With deep industry expertise, broad global resources and proven experience in consulting and outsourcing, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills, alliances and technologies. With more than 75,000 people in 47 countries, the company generated net revenues of $11.6 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2002. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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