Accenture Acquires Nokia Professional Services ArmBy Jessica Davis | Posted 2009-07-17 Email Print
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Professional services giant Accenture says its acquisition of Symbian Professional Services Operations, a division of Nokia, will help expand Accenture's capabilities in the mobile device space, particularly smartphones.
Looking to expand its capabilities for embedded software services in
mobile devices, particularly smartphones, Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has
announced plans to acquire Symbian Professional Services Operations
The Nokia business unit provides engineering consulting and product services to mobile phone manufacturers, chipmakers and mobile operators around the world. Services will include advanced technical support, device-tuning, error diagnoses and repair and turnkey software development services.
The Nokia business unit includes about 165 professional services engineers and consultants that will transfer to Accenture as a result of the agreement.
"The acquisition of the Symbian professional services unit will enhance Accenture’s existing embedded software, product-development and testing skills to help players in the mobile solutions ecosystem address ever-more-demanding time-to-market and quality requirements," says Jean Laurent Poitou, managing director of Accenture’s Electronics and High Tech industry group, in a statement.
"The capabilities we are acquiring from Nokia will help support the
tremendous growth our clients can expect from the explosive adoption of
converged mobile multimedia services and will expand Accenture’s role
as a key supplier of new tools, products and solutions to clients in
this industry," he adds.
The deal is expected to close within 90 days.