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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Computer Business News: Accenture Makes New Deal with Unilever NV

Accenture confirmed recently after an announcement in Computer Business Review that it was accepting a seven-year human resources outsourcing deal with Unilever NV, a consumer goods company.

The contract, worth over $1 billion states that computer business Accenture will offer HR services including recruitment, payroll administration, performance management, workforce reporting and third-party provider management. The company will also provide many different learning tools and services including content sourcing and development, program planning and many others.

The contract stipulates that Accenture will offer these tools to 200,000 Unilever employees globally, including those from centers in India, the Philippines, China, Romania, the Czech Republic and Brazil. Computer business Accenture also claimed that less than half of Unilever’s 3,300 worldwide HR staff would be affected by this contract.

Accenture has also chosen a Belgian outsourcing vendor, Arinso International NV to be a subcontractor as part of this deal, providing payroll processing and systems maintenance to those offices of Unilever in need. This entire HR outsourcing deal is part of Unilever’s larger plan to try to cut costs and try to save $900 million by the end of 2006.

In April, Accenture signed an outsourcing contract with Unilever to offer European-based application development, implementation and maintenance services. The computer business also called in IBM Global Services to run its North American offices and important parts of its financial transaction services in 20 countries. Unilever also lengthened its contract for network management with BT Group to three more years.

As for Accenture, the company has released information about two other business outsourcing deals within the past month, including a deal with Crestline Hotels and Resorts and a seven-year contract with New Century Financial Corporation.

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