Nokia completes outsourcing 2,300 jobs to Accenture
Earlier this year, Nokia announced its intentions to outsource thousands of jobs overseas in a supply chain management initiative designed to cut costs to hedge against the company’s dropping market share.
Nokia just completed the transfer of 2,300 engineers to Accenture, a global consulting firm based in Ireland with many of its operations taking place in the United States.
“Nokia announced today that it has completed the transaction to outsource its Symbian software development and support activities to Accenture,” the company said in a statement.
Symbian is a mobile operating system and computing platform for Nokia’s line of Smartphones. Nokia is expected to work with Accenture to develop the Symbian product through 2016.
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Nokia, which saw its mobile phone market share drop from 40 percent in 2008 to 29 percent in the first quarter of 2011, planned to cut 4,000 jobs and outsource another 3,000 to Accenture in April. The good news is that the company’s projected outsourcing target was higher than expected.
That being said, Nokia still has many challenges ahead. CEO Stephen Elop said earlier this year in February that the company would be phasing out its Symbian OS in favor of a partnership with Microsoft. The bulk of the 4,000 expected job cuts are resulting from that move.
Earlier this week, Finnish-based Nokia shocked everyone when it was cutting another 3,500 jobs in Romania, Germany and the United States. That move was entirely unexpected, as the company said earlier this year that no more layoffs were expected “for as far as we can see into the future.”
Accenture Acquires SCM Software Firm Blue Horseshoe
Accenture has announced its acquisition of Blue Horseshoe, a US-based supply chain management software provider and consultancy firm.
Upon completion, Blue Horseshoe’s 349 professionals will join Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations group, expanding the professional services group’s capabilities to create more interconnected and resilient supply chains for clients.
“To be competitive, companies need to transform their supply chains to deliver the innovative and hyper-personalised products, services and experiences that are in high demand—and fulfilment is core to that transformation,” said Renato Scaff, Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations North America lead. “Blue Horseshoe’s deep fulfilment consulting experience and methodologies support Accenture’s vision for building customer-centric, resilient and responsible supply chains that benefit people, society and the planet.”
Who are Blue Horseshoe?
- Founded: 2001
- CEO: Chris Cason
- Employees: 349
- Offices: 4 in USA, 1 in Amsterdam, 1 in Estonia
- Key customers: Lids, Pabst Brewing Co., Half Price Books, Britax, Major Brands
Founded in 2001 in Indiana, USA, Blue Horseshoe now operates from six offices across the US and Europe. The company provides cloud-based solutions for supply chain management, ERP, warehouse management and transportation management systems, including its own Supply Chain Cloud platform, as well as Oracle NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management as a Microsoft Inner Circle Partner.
Blue Horseshoe specialises in fulfilment and distribution solutions, with expertise in the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and retail distribution industries. Over the past 20 years, the company has improved around 700 supply chains, including those of leading companies such as fashion retailer Lids, cosmetics company Regis Corporation, Pabst Brewing Co., and family-owned bookstore chain Half Price Books.
“For two decades, we’ve worked with clients to build connectedness, efficiency and automation across their enterprise and supply chain operations,” said Chris Cason, CEO, Blue Horseshoe. “As part of Accenture, we will bring increased scale and combined expertise to help clients put in place next generation supply chain and fulfillment strategies that meet customer expectations and support business growth.”
Accenture's acquisition of Blue Horseshoe is subject to customary closing conditions.