Articles about Accenture


Buyout-happy Accenture hits $30bn in sales – as profits slide 10 per cent

Acquisition-ravenous US outsourcer Accenture posted an increase in sales of five per cent to $30bn (£20bn) for financial year 2015, compared with the previous year. Meanwhile, net income dipped 10 per cent to $3.2bn (£2.1bn), following its spending spree over the last year. John O'Brien, an analyst at TechMarketView, …
Kat Hall, 25 Sep 2015

Accenture extends tentacles with €25m Dublin R&D centre

Accenture is the latest company to expand its base into low-tax Ireland, opening a €25m (£16.5m) R&D centre in Dublin and hiring 200 new bodies. The move by the consultancy and outsourcing biz will apparently focused on cognitive computing, the "internet of things", advanced analytics, security and digital marketing, according …
Kat Hall, 01 Oct 2015

Accenture barges way into cloud market, buys Cloud Sherpas

Bloated integrator-cum-consultancy Accenture has gulped down cloud advisory and tech services outfit Cloud Sherpas for an undisclosed fee, signalling the start of major consolidation in this part of the market. Privately-owned Cloud Sherpas was born in 2007 and has expanded commercially and geographically over the years via …
Paul Kunert, 15 Sep 2015
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Oracle, Accenture, in cloudy consulting cuddle

Oracle and Accenture are cuddling in the cloud. The pair have announced “The Accenture Oracle Business Group”, a joint operation that will see the consultancy cook up “solutions” based on Oracle's cloudy applications. There's talk of “accelerators, prebuilt adapters and industry-specific extensions” that will help Accenture do …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2015

Accenture still a little peckish as it snaps up digi biz Chaotic Moon

Outsourcing giant Accenture has snapped up digital biz Chaotic Moon for an undisclosed pile of cash. The Austin-based, 200-strong team apparently has digital design, prototyping, and development nous. The move is just the latest of a series of acquisitions designed to move the outsourcer out of the traditional managed …
Kat Hall, 23 Jul 2015

Europe drags, as Accenture posts steady growth

Outsourcing giant Accenture posted a yearly sales increase of five per cent to $7.5bn (£5bn) for its second quarter results, highlighting its "digital" investments as a reason for the consistent growth. However, its European revenue dropped by two per cent to $2.66bn (£1.8bn). The company singled out France, Germany, Spain and …
Kat Hall, 27 Mar 2015

Huawei and Accenture pucker up for enterprise love-in

Huawei looks to be side-stepping glacier-paced reseller recruitment by getting chummy with consultancy Accenture to work on carrier biz support services and private cloudy enterprise stuff. The ink is still drying on the pact but will see the pair “develop joint initiatives” in China, southeast Asia, other emerging markets and …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2014

IBM, Accenture play blame game over $1bn project blowout

IBM and Accenture are sniping at one another in public over just who should take the blame - and the fall - for the $AUD1bn blowout of a project to provide the Australian State of Queensland's Department of Health with a new payroll system. The project kicked off in 2007 with a budget of just over $6m. It's now expected to cost …
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Accenture and Telstra open cloud lab

Fresh from securing a multi-million dollar national government e-health contract, Accenture, along with Telstra, has invested in a new Product Innovation Lab in Melbourne to develop cloud-computing solutions for customers in Australia and New Zealand. The Lab supports the Accenture and Telstra cloud-computing alliance, and will …
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DDN chap throws in towel, taps on Accenture’s door

DDN EVP and CTO Jean-Luc Chatelain has left and joined Accenture as managing director for analytics. At DataDirect Networks Chatelain was responsible for Strategy and Technology, having joined in February 2011. He is a proponent of modern Big Data analytics, thinking that the old Extract-Transform-Load (ETL)-style of Business …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2015
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Microsoft-Accenture venture to fluff Azure clouds

Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud is leaking out of Redmond through a joint venture with Accenture. Windows' desktop and server cloud computing outfit has signed an agreement for Accenture and its Avanade subsidiary to become just the second and third companies to sell, host and deliver Windows Azure services to customers. …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Apr 2012
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Accenture closes in on Aus government e-health tender

Accenture is understood to have secured the national infrastructure partner contract for Australia's AU$467m personally-controlled electronic healthcare records (PCEHR) project. The tender, released by the Department of Health and Ageing in February, includes three core components; a benefits and evaluation partner, a national …

Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

A pair of technology industry pressure groups have sent a letter to President Obama asking his administration to back off demands that companies give government agencies the ability to decrypt all user data. In the letter [PDF], the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) and the Software and Information Industry …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2015

Quarterly losses double at Hadoop hawker Hortonworks

Open source Hadoop purveyor Hortonworks doubled its quarter-on-quarter net losses in the first quarter of 2015 to a loss of $40m (£25m). Meanwhile, revenue rose 167 per cent to $22.8m (£14.5m). For its full-year, the company estimates a net loss of between $78m (£50m) and $84m (£54m). In its previous full-year results, it …
Kat Hall, 13 May 2015

Judge rejects Accenture appeal against £182m lawsuit

A preliminary appeal brought by Accenture against British Gas was rejected last week, after a judge ruled that a £182m lawsuit connected to the failure of a new billing system shouldn’t be obstructed. As a result of that ruling the case will now be heard in court in October next year. It was first brought by British Gas in May …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Aug 2010

Accenture denies British Gas 'millions of errors' billing system claim

Accenture has hit back at British Gas by saying allegations that a billing system, implemented by the consultancy firm, was riddled with “millions of errors” were “inaccurate”. As we reported yesterday, a preliminary appeal brought by Accenture against British Gas was rejected on 2 August, after a High Court judge ruled that a £ …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Aug 2010
Whitehall road sign. Sgt Tom Robinson RLC/Crown copyright opens kimono to SMEs in Tech Services framework cash spaff

The government has lifted the lid on its £200m Technology Services framework, with more than half of the 85 suppliers awarded a place being SMEs. The agreement is the new incarnation of its managed services framework, which originally included around 11 large suppliers. The new version is intended to help central government …
Kat Hall, 29 May 2015
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Accenture saddles up Symbian development

Accenture has bought Nokia's Symbian Professional Services unit, and will be responsible for helping device manufacturers get version ^2 onto their handsets. Neither party is saying how much Accenture (the artist formerly known as Andersen Consulting) has paid for the unit, but the deal includes 165 staff who'll be transferred …
Bill Ray, 17 Jul 2009
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Accenture switches tax havens

Accenture, the outsourcing giant, is switching its accounting base from Bermuda to Ireland, amid growing policial hostility towards tax havens and tax avoidance. Announcing the move on Tuesday, Accenture said it does not expect any impact on its financial results or tax treatment. Accenture chairman William Green said: "A …
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Australia's biggest IT project failure/blowout may have started today

Remember the date – September 18th 2015 – as on that day Australia's Federal government commenced procurement for the nation's Welfare Payment Infrastructure Transformation (WPIT). The project will see Australia replace systems founded on flat-file databases installed in the early 1980s and known to have been limping along …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2015
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Printer drivers ate our homework, says NSW Dept of Education

A half-billion-dollar IT rollout in the New South Wales Department of Education in Australia has turned into a disaster – with a department official blaming incompatibility between operating systems and printers. In the first parliamentary examination of the nearly decade-old “Learning Management and Business Reform” (LMBR) …

Huawei peels back the covers in pursuit of partner love

Huawei intends to hop into bed with nearly 50 per cent more partners this year in order to boost its sluggish enterprise sales in Europe. "Last year we had over 700 partners (Of all types) in Western Europe — the target for 2015 is to increase that number to 1,000," said Leon He, head of the enterprise biz in Western Europe. " …
Kat Hall, 22 May 2015
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HP and Dell flogging Surface Pro direct? No issues THERE. NONE AT ALL

HP and Dell – cunningly assisted by Microsoft – have hatched a brilliant plan in which they will compete against their own products, not to mention the channel types who sell them, by flogging Redmond's Surface Pro 3 direct. At the worldwide partner knees up in June, Microsoft confirmed it was opening the gates to allow …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2015

Google signs as OpenStack sponsor

Google and the OpenStack Foundation have announced that the former entity has signed as a Corporate Sponsor of the latter. Corporate Sponsor status is the Foundation's third tier of supporter, below Platinum and Gold. The likes of HP, Intel, IBM and Rackspace have been voted into the top tier, while Gold sponsors include Dell …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2015
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IBM: Hey, Intel and pals. Look on our massive patent pile and despair

IBM has once again been crowned the leader of the annual patents list, way ahead of US tech giants such as Microsoft, Google and Apple. It's the 22nd year in a row that Big Blue has led the pack with its patent stash, which a company can use as a pile of competitive and anticompetitive weapons in the software world. Big Blue …
Team Register, 12 Jan 2015
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And so it begins... Cleaning up HMRC's £10.7bn Aspire mess

HMRC is to follow the lead set by the Met Police by setting up a private company to run elements of the tech estate that currently fall under the scope of the failing multi-billion pound Aspire contract. This is the first step HMRC is taking to replace Aspire – the largest single tech contract in UK public sector, which it is …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2015
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British Gas sues Accenture

British Gas is suing Accenture for £182m in costs connected to the failure of a new billing system put in place by the consultants in 2006. Problems with the system led to a massive increase in complaints against the gas supplier. Centrica, British Gas's parent company, has already written off £200m due to problems with the …
John Oates, 12 May 2008

Accenture wins Olympic contract

The London Organising Committee (Locog) for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics Games has selected Accenture to run its back office systems. The IT consultancy firm will integrate Locog's systems and services to create a platform for the planning of the games across "functional areas". These include finance and accounting, …
Kablenet, 02 Nov 2006
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Luxembourg: Engine-room of the tax-break economy

Four high-profile audit firms have been named-and-shamed as architects of a tax minimisation structure used by hundreds of the world's big-name companies, including a slew in the tech sector. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has published details of how the structure worked, along with identifying many …

Australian E-Health records breached twice in the last year

Australia's Office of the Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released its Annual report of the Information Commissioner’s activities in relation to eHealth 2013–14, complete with a report on two data breaches in the systems used to store personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHRs). The first was notified in …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2014
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Symantec, Accenture couple on outsourcing

Symantec today announced a hook-up with outsourcer Accenture to capitalise on a lack of security expertise the pair perceive in IT departments looking to bullet-proof their networks. Security Transformation Services will dispatch consultants from both firms to customers. Accenture security MD Alastair MacWillson said: "While …
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Laminate this: Inside Argos' ongoing online (r)evolution

Think Argos and you think catalogue: The Laminated Book of Dreams, as comedian Bill Bailey puts it, placing thousands of products from crayons to cookers within the easy reach of eager shoppers. Go ahead, laugh it up, but that book introduced a brand new way of shopping in beige 1970s Britain. Shopping from a catalogue was the …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2015

Unilever offloads IT staff to Accenture

Accenture has won a seven year, multi-million pound deal to run the IT of washing powder giant Unilever, as part of the company's controversial "One Unilever" cost-cutting programme. Accenture will provide application development, implementation, and support across Europe. Accenture will run Unilever's IT from six countries: …
John Oates, 11 Apr 2006
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Report: Prez Obama kicks contractor to curb for web disaster

The Obama administration has reportedly patted CGI Federal on the back, forced it to pick up its various toys, and led it away from the fail-filled site it created and subsequently tried to repair. It's not usually this easy to get out of procurement contracts, but per the Washington Post, which made the claims …
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014
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RSA chief uncans insurance giant's mega IT infrastructure review

Interview Zurich Insurance, Europe’s third-largest insurer with $70bn in revenue and 55,000 staff, hinted last week that it might buy RSA Group. Yet six major acts of M&A have saddled RSA with 15 data centres, managed and run differently and propping up a creaking architecture. Worth £4.5bn and with 19,000 staff and 20 million customers …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Aug 2015

US backs whistleblower suits against HP, Sun and Accenture

The Department of Justice has joined three whistleblower suits accusing HP, Accenture and Sun Microsystems of raiding IT contracts with US government agencies to fund kickbacks for channel partners. The nub of the complaint is that the accused, all members of Accenture's Global Alliance program, received discounts from and …
Drew Cullen, 19 Apr 2007
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SUPER-SUEBALL heading IBM's way in Australia

IBM's Australian is about to be handed statement of claim over the failed health payroll project in the State of Queensland. The project initially had a budget of AU$6 million, but that blew out to $27 million. Things snowballed from there, with the project eventually costing well over a billion dollars and an inquiry finding …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2014
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Nadella's Karmagate howler was response to MICROSOFT BOARD DIRECTOR – report

Satya Nadalla’s Karmagate will spark an examination at the highest levels within Microsoft of women’s pay and its corporate culture. That’s according to computer scientist Maria Klawe, the person whose softball questioning of Microsoft’s CEO at a women-in-tech event saw Nadella land himself in hot water last week. Klawe is …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Oct 2014
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Accenture NHS exit confirmed

Connecting for Health, the UK government agency running the £12.5bn National Programme for IT, has confirmed that two of its five main regional contracts are to change hands. Accenture, which holds the NHS contracts to supply the National Programme systems to the North East and Eastern regional health clusters, has conceded to …
Mark Ballard, 28 Sep 2006

Intel: Grab these platform shoes and dance to OUR Internet of Things standard

The Internet of Things is becoming the Standards Wars of Things: Intel has now thrown its hat into the ring with its own IoT Platform to connect stuff end-to-end. Announced in the past few minutes at a morning presentation in San Francisco, the platform will describe how to hook up gizmos on the edge – the sensors, the wearables …
Chris Williams, 09 Dec 2014

Nokia tears devs' hearts out, shutters Symbian and Meego stores early

Nokia can't get off its burning platforms fast enough. The company has told developers it will block its Symbian and Meego app stores from accepting new software or updates from 1 January next year. This has dismayed developers, who thought Nokia's commitment to Symbian ran until 2016. Tens of millions of Symbian devices remain …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Oct 2013
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SCREEECH! Dell spins in public cloud U-turn – now it'll resell Google, Azure

Dell is going to resell cloud tech from enterprise rivals as part of the company's ragged retreat from the capital-intensive public cloud market. The company disclosed a dramatic expansion to its "Cloud Partner program" at the Dell World conference in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, by announcing that it will now resell Google …
Jack Clark, 12 Dec 2013
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Accenture denies responsibility for payments failure

The consultancy and technology firm told MPs that it was not responsible for the failure of the Rural Payments Agency to deliver subsidies to farmers on time. Less than half of the £1.5bn subsidies owed to farmers under the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) had been paid by the April deadline. In a three hour grilling by the …
Kablenet, 24 May 2006
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NHS squeezes Accenture margins

Accenture comfortably outstripped Wall Street expectations for Q2, posting record revenues for the quarter ending 28 February. The computer services firm had revenues of $3.81bn, $100m higher than consensus forecasts, and advancing 15 per cent on last year (Q2 2004: $3.3bn). Analysts attribute the sales jump to a rebound in …
Team Register, 08 Apr 2005
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GE partners with Amazon for 'industrial internet'

GE has announced a cloud-based analytics platform for net-connected devices as the manufacturing giant tries to forge a set of technologies for what it terms "the industrial internet". The company has partnered with three major tech companies – Amazon, Accenture, and Pivotal – to help it build a platform for storing and …
Jack Clark, 18 Jun 2013

Accenture and BAE pull out of ID card project

Updated: The UK ID card project suffered another serious blow today with news that two potential suppliers have pulled out of the procurement process. Accenture and BAE Systems have both decided not to chase contracts for the controversial scheme. A short list of possible suppliers is due to be published in the next few months but …
John Oates, 24 Jan 2008
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BBC Trust: 'LA LA LA I'M NOT LISTENING' to this DMI mega-tech FAIL

The BBC failed to heed warnings given as early as 2010 that its Digital Media Initiative uber-project was vague and getting nowhere - according to the National Audit Office, which published its investigation into the disaster today. Executives at the Beeb's finance committee, its executive committee and the BBC Trust all …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jan 2014
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‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal

The BBC’s former technology chief John Linwood claims he was made a scapegoat for the collapse of the Digital Media Initiative – the corporation’s £125m media sharing and archiving project that was axed a year ago with nothing to show for it. Linwood was placed on gardening leave (on full £287,000 pa pay) as the project was put …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 May 2014
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Accenture wins £400m Barclays outsourcing gig

In brief Barclays has appointed Accenture to run its banking systems applications development in a six-year £400m deal. The outsourcing contract will see 900 bank staff handed over to Accenture under TUPE rules. So jobs and benefits should be safe for two years. No-one appears to be complaining - banking union Unifi says the deal was …
Drew Cullen, 24 Jun 2004

Do you use Hola VPN? You could be part of a DDoS, content theft – or worse

Embattled "free" VPN provider Hola is facing criticism over its practice of turning its users into exit nodes in a paid-for anonymisation service which can easily be used for nefarious activities. Hola's software is also claimed to include "unpatchable" vulnerabilities allowing takeover of user machines. As the Register reported …