Accenture Acquires Nokia Professional Services Arm

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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 from Nokia.

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.


Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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