Accenture the new keepers of Symbian

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In what could be considered as the final nail on the coffin, Nokia will now pass the baton to Accenture to provide Symbian based software development and support services to Nokia through 2016, which means we may still see Symbian based Nokia phone, at least until 2016. Full PR after the break.

Accenture will start the take over on October, 2011 and 2,800 Nokia employees are expected to jump ship but considering the number of disgruntled employee when the new broke about the Nokia – Microsoft partnership, that number that still rise. Unless Accenture find a way to pump in new blood into Symbian, this may be the end of the once mighty Symbian!

Nokia and Accenture finalize Symbian software development and support services outsourcing agreement

Published June 22, 2011

Nokia Corporation
Stock exchange release
June 22, 2011 at 09:00 (CET +1)

Espoo, Finland – Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) have finalized an agreement for Nokia to outsource Symbian software development and support activities to Accenture. Plans of the agreement were first announced on April 27, 2011.

Under the agreement, Accenture will provide Symbian based software development and support services to Nokia through 2016. Approximately 2,800 Nokia employees located in China, Finland, India, United Kingdom and the United States, are expected to transfer to Accenture at closing, which is expected to take place in the early part of October, 2011.

“We look forward to partnering with Nokia as they continue to support Symbian and transition to the Windows Phone ecosystem,” said Marty Cole, chief executive, Accenture Communications and High Tech group. “The highly skilled group of technologists and engineers transferring to Accenture will complement our current mobility skills and enhance the breadth, depth and scale of our capabilities, allowing us to meet the growing global demand for mobility services across many industries.”

The agreement calls for Accenture to support and further develop Nokia’s Symbian platform and to become the preferred supplier to Nokia on their transition to Windows Phone. Accenture will seek opportunities to leverage transferring employee skills and capabilities to provide mobility software, business and operational services around the Windows Phone platform to Nokia and other ecosystem participants. Accenture will also seek to retrain and redeploy transferred employees.

“Our collaboration with Accenture allows us to meet our ongoing commitment to support our Symbian smartphone customers and continue to leverage the talent that has the deepest experience on the platform,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president for Smart Devices, Nokia. “As we move our primary smartphone platform to Windows Phone, we will look to explore potential opportunities to tap this talent pool as they develop and expand their knowledge and capabilities beyond Symbian.”

Accenture will also work with Avanade, a technology service company that is majority-owned by Accenture and focuses on Microsoft technologies, to provide further services to Nokia.

The definitive agreement includes customary closing conditions.

Last modified: June 22, 2011

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