Accenture inks Microsoft as BPO customer

Accenture inks Microsoft as BPO customer

Summary: Accenture said Thursday that it has signed up Microsoft in a seven-year, $185 million business processing outsourcing agreement. Under the deal, Accenture will provide finance and accounting procurement services.

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Accenture said Thursday that it has signed up Microsoft in a seven-year, $185 million business processing outsourcing agreement.

Under the deal, Accenture will provide finance and accounting procurement services. Microsoft is outsourcing some of its finance processes and consolidating services.

According to Accenture's statement, the company will provide "accounts payable, travel and expense, and record-to-report functions, including fixed assets, general ledger, treasury and statutory reporting."

Accenture aims to provide its services to Microsoft globally. Some of these services will be built on Microsoft's Dynamics AX platform, an ERP suite.

Topics: Banking, Microsoft

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  • That's odd

    I thought MSFT's core processes were running on SAP. If so then this must be a change of tack.
    dahowlett@...
    • Ballmer was until Sarb Ox on Accenture's Board

      Because Ballmer was until recently on Accenture's board of directors, I find this news distressing. The arrangement does not appear to be an arms length one. Accenture is the old Arthur Andersen Consulting, which itself was a spin off of Arthur Andersen, a company that was involved in shredding Enron documents. Why Microsoft hasn't expanded its consulting operation has always been explainable to me by Ballmer's likely continued interest in Accenture.

      The news is shocking enough to me as to wonder if it is not a purposeful distraction.

      The real news should be that six states and the District of Columbia demanded yesterday that judge KK extend the last US antitrust violation remedies until 2012. I also think there will be recommendations that Microsoft divest of its Apple software development operation. The apparent use of Office 2007 project delay as leverage to convince Steve Jobs to drop Java from the browser in Iphone is hard to defend against.

      As Jackson so eloquently stated - if it looks like a duck then you shoot first and ask the questions later - or something like that. Microsoft management looks to have illegally used monopoly power. But we still do not hear the shots. Instead we have this appealing additional story, which is oh so similar to what the Mafia would do in the film - The God Father.

      Lets get the story out. What have the six states said to Judge KK? What is the reason Washington DC is involved? Has the budget for the AG's office been slashed? Is Abramoff talking? Oh - is the story in the WSJ? Is the news being held until Friday when most are concerned about the week end rather than the excitement of another work day?
      mighetto