Accenture, Answerthink, Hackett Group Partner

Companies to offer benchmarking solutions in finance, accounting performance management and business intelligence

New York and Miami October 14, 2003 The consulting firms Accenture, Answerthink and The Hackett Group, an Answerthink company, today announced a strategic alliance to jointly market and deliver benchmarking solutions aimed at introducing clients to the best practices of the world's top companies.

The companies said the agreement gives Accenture the exclusive right to collaborate with Answerthink and The Hackett Group in offering its clients business process and best practice benchmarking services provided by Answerthink and The Hackett Group in designated functional areas, including finance, accounting, performance management and business intelligence.

A key goal of the agreement, according to the announcement, is to enable Accenture and Answerthink to better define the characteristics of high-performance businesses. The agreement gives Answerthink access to Accenture's global client base. By working with more clients, Hackett said it would able to broaden the base of critical metrics and best practices, thereby creating richer benchmark data to help companies achieve world-class performance.

"Both of our organizations have recognized the power of offering insight to clients on how they can achieve high performance under a common vision and execution strategy," said Michael Sutcliff, global managing partner for Accenture's Finance & Performance Management Service Line. "We are pleased to work with Answerthink and The Hackett Group to offer their insights and best practices."