Nokia outsources Symbian to Accenture

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Helsinki, Apr 27: The Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has announced its alliance with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, to support the continued delivery of Symbian software development and support services.

According to the collaboration, Accenture will take more than 3,000 Nokia employees to support Symbian and it also provide mobility software, business and operational services around the Windows Phone platform to Nokia and other ecosystem participants.

"Mobility is a key area for Accenture. One of our areas of focus is mobility software, where we provide engineering consulting and product development services to mobile phone manufacturers, chip manufacturers, and mobile operators worldwide. With the influx of highly qualified talent from Nokia, Accenture can help our clients rapidly leverage mobility to advance their business strategy," said Marty Cole, group chief executive, Accenture Communications and High Tech group.

Nokia said that the alliance with Accenture shows its commitment to serve current and future Symbian customers, as it plans to deliver 150 million Symbian devices in the coming years.

"This collaboration demonstrates our ongoing investment to serve our Symbian customers. As we move our primary smartphone platform to the Windows Phone platform, the transition of skilled talent to Accenture also shows our commitment to provide our Symbian employees with potential new career opportunities," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president for Smart Devices, Nokia.

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