Nokia and Accenture have completed their agreements to outsource Symbian software development and support to Accenture, an outsourcing and consulting company. Nokia had recently planned to fire or have fired 7,000 of its staff. Accenture will also be helping for staff retraining and redeployment of some staff that will move from Nokia to Accenture.
In a statement, Marty Cole, chief executive of Accenture Communications and High Tech group stated
“We look forward to partnering with Nokia as they continue to support Symbian and transition to the Windows Phone ecosystem. 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 Nokia counterpart, Jo Harlow, stated in a statement:
“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.”