9/15/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) has selected Accenture (NYSE: ACN) to deliver instructor-led training on a comprehensive portfolio of Sun technologies to Sun's customers at specified locations across the United States and Europe. Under this agreement, Accenture will deliver high-quality training developed by Sun on Java technologies and the Solaris Operating System in both Sun and authorized Accenture training centers. Accenture will deliver these services through Accenture Learning, its BPO business that provides outsourced learning solutions.
Accenture will begin to provide training in the United States immediately and plans to offer training in 11 countries throughout Europe by the end of calendar year 2003. Sun will retain 11 training centers located around the world, which will focus primarily on internal Sun technical training, instructor development and customer training on advanced courses.
"Sun Services selected Accenture because of its ability to consistently deliver high-quality learning and content to customers in multiple countries around the world," stated Terry Erdle, vice president of Sun Educational Services. "It's a perfect example of the new Sun Services business paradigm: Sun is leveraging its intellectual property with a world-class company to provide industry-leading learning solutions."
"Sun was looking for a way to rapidly transition and augment its strong training capabilities in a way that created even more value for its customers," said Greg Vestri, a partner in the Accenture Learning business. "By combining Sun's high-quality IT and business training programs with Accenture's extensive transformational learning capabilities, we will help enable Sun and its customers to achieve even more measurable business results through breakthrough improvements in workforce performance."
This agreement with Accenture, to provide outsourced learning solutions, marks another milestone in the long-standing Sun and Accenture relationship. Sun and Accenture have designed a transparent transition process through which customers will be able to find courses as they have in the past by visiting the Sun training website at www.sun.com/training. Sun customers may choose to register online or by contacting Sun at its toll-free registration numbers listed on the website.
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is a global management consulting and technology services company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them realize their visions and create tangible value. With deep industry expertise, broad global resources and proven experience in consulting and outsourcing, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills, alliances and technologies. With more than 80,000 people in 47 countries, the company generated net revenues of $11.6 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2002. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
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