US technology firm Accenture has completed its acquisition of Nokia’s professional services unit. The unit, acquired by Accenture in July, is responsible for providing engineering and support of the Symbian operating system to handset manufacturers and service providers.
The acquired unit will focus on providing global companies with a broad range of embedded software services and capabilities for mobile devices and will be called Accenture Embedded Mobility Services. The new capabilities are to enhance the product engineering and software development services that Accenture already provides to global clients, however it said the acquisition would reduce development costs and time to market while improving product quality and functionality.
Accenture electronics and high tech industry group managing director Jean Laurent Poitou said: “We also intend to use their skills to help players in the mobile solutions ecosystem address ever more demanding time-to-market and quality requirements in other mobile device environments such as Android and other Linux variants, Apple iPhone, RIM, and Windows Mobile.”
Accenture’s new capabilities will also help address one of the mobile industry’s most challenging problems, testing. According to an Accenture survey, 88 per cent of companies surveyed do not do a good job of testing, which typically consumes about one-third of the product development process and has a major impact on quality, cost and time to market.
With its new Embedded Mobility Services team, Accenture can now deliver a robust testing framework.
Nokia’s unit previously provided engineering consulting and product development services to mobile phone manufacturers, chip manufacturers and mobile operators globally.
Around 165 Nokia professional services engineers and consultants in the United Kingdom, Finland, Japan, Korea and Australia are expected to transfer to Accenture as a result of the agreement.