Nokia, Accenture strike alliance to help service providers, enterprises transition to SDN

Nokia (NYSE:NOK) and Accenture have formed a new group with an eye on helping service providers and enterprises migrate to SDN and other digital technologies.

The Nokia Accenture Business Group is the culmination of Nokia's acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent and the former Accenture Alcatel-Lucent Business Group that was launched in September 2014.

Since its initial founding, Nokia said that Accenture Alcatel-Lucent alliance exceeded the goals of both parties and helped achieve its ambitious development and commercial objectives.

On the service provider front, the cooperative relationship has helped a variety of communications service providers -- including Telefonica, TIM, and WIND Telecom -- and other large enterprises enhance the customer experience and optimize their networks.

Besides providing help to CSPs, the alliance will jointly develop, sell and deliver new industry solutions in five areas: customer experience and analytics, network and business transformation, next-generation enterprise services for CSPs, SDN data center solutions for large enterprises, and next-generation IP and digital solutions for the mining, oil and gas industries.

By combining Nokia's IP networking software products and services with Accenture's business services, technology consulting and transformation capabilities, the Nokia Accenture Business Group will develop sales and delivery capabilities focused on a combination of Nokia solutions and Accenture offerings.

Under the terms of the partnership, Accenture will be Nokia's preferred ally to complement Nokia's software integration and network services and Nokia will be a preferred provider for the customer experience, SDN and network services and solutions that Accenture provides to its customers.

For more:
- see the release

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