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Sun teams up with Accenture

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 NEW DELHI: Accenture and Sun Microsystems will jointly develop identity-enabled Service-Oriented Architecture and composite applications to meet growing client demands.

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The expanded relationship involves a series of initiatives, which initially include the creation of the Accenture Innovation Center for Sun Solutions, according to a Sun statement issued here.

In the identity management area, Sun and Accenture have agreed to pursue opportunities in both technology enablement and market-specific solutions. For the SOA, application integration, and composite application market, Sun and Accenture will pursue technology solutions, which further enhance ease-of-use and speed to market for the creation of secure, composite applications built on the Sun platform.

"Enterprises across the world are looking to open source and open standards as they architect for Web 2.0 and the next evolution of Service-Oriented Architectures," said Jonathan Schwartz, CEO and president of Sun. "Sun's leadership products and developer momentum combined with Accenture's business process expertise and world-class

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implementation resources make this an ideal relationship."

The Accenture Innovation Center for Sun Solutions will initially include engineers from Sun and Accenture - dedicated to the development of Identity-enabled SOA-based solutions utilizing Sun's software suite and high-performance Solaris Operating System. Capabilities created in the Center will be complemented by additional Sun-platform-based solutions

developed through Accenture's Global Delivery Network and client sites already performing Sun-related work.

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Joint development teams will be dedicated to the creation of custom solutions for specific client requests as well as the development of industrialized, repeatable and secure Identity-enabled and SOA-based solutions for clients globally.

Accenture and Sun have designed a solution that addresses such key business problems as providing secure IT system access to a diverse community of users, maintaining

data integrity and security, processing access requests expeditiously to increase employee productivity, and meeting regulatory requirements for increased information security, non-repudiation and compliance.

The two companies have a long relationship in supporting each other on client engagements, using Accenture's delivery team and Sun's hardware/software platform.

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