Accenture Acquires ChangeTrack Research to Bring Predictive Analytics to the Management of Complex Change Programs

  Accenture Acquires ChangeTrack Research to Bring Predictive Analytics to the
  Management of Complex Change Programs

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- April 02, 2013

To help its clients better measure and monitor the progress of their change
programs, Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired ChangeTrack Research Pty Ltd, a
provider of analytics-based tools and services for change management. Terms of
the transaction were not disclosed.

Among ChangeTrack Research’s solutions isChangeTracking®,a patented
analytics tool based on 10 years of research and advanced mathematical
algorithms, that has defined successful pathways for change management.
ChangeTracking®collects data on people and processes associated with a change
program, benchmarks progress and uses predictive analytics to identify where
corrective action is needed. The acquisition complements Accenture’s suite of
methods, tools and capabilities to help its clients achieve the goals of their
most significant organizational transformations.

“Organizations often struggle to implement change programs on time and on
budget as markets evolve at an accelerating pace,” said David Smith, senior
managing director – Accenture Talent & Organization. ”ChangeTrack Research’s
insight-driven tools will enhance our ability to help our clients manage
change with greater precision and more predictable results.”

“This acquisition brings together the powerful combination of ChangeTrack
Research’s analytical approaches to managing change with Accenture’s deep
expertise delivering large-scale transformation programs for global clients,”
said Warren Parry, CEO—ChangeTrack Research.

ChangeTrack Research is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with approximately 261,000 people serving clients in more
than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive
capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive
research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with
clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The
company generated net revenues of US$27.9billion for the fiscal year ended
Aug. 31, 2012. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

About ChangeTrack Research

ChangeTrack Research is a provider of analytics-based tools and services to
track and measure enterprise-wide transformational change programs. Based on
10 years of research and advanced mathematical algorithms, the company’s
ChangeTracking® is a patented analytical tool that has defined successful
pathways for change from a database of over 600,000 change journeys.
ChangeTracking enables leaders of global organizations to see whether change
programs are on track and take the corrective actions required to keep them on
track.Based in Sydney, Australia, its home page is www.changetracking.com.

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expressed or implied. These include, without limitation, risks that: the
company and ChangeTrack Research will not be able to close the transaction in
the time period anticipated, or at all, which is dependent on the parties’
ability to satisfy certain closing conditions; the transaction might not
achieve the anticipated benefits for the company; the company’s results of
operations could be adversely affected by volatile, negative or uncertain
economic conditions and the effects of these conditions on the company’s
clients’ businesses and levels of business activity; the company’s business
depends on generating and maintaining ongoing, profitable client demand for
the company’s services and solutions, and a significant reduction in such
demand could materially affect the company’s results of operations; if the
company is unable to keep its supply of skills and resources in balance with
client demand around the world and attract and retain professionals with
strong leadership skills, the company’s business, the utilization rate of the
company’s professionals and the company’s results of operations may be
materially adversely affected; the markets in which the company competes are
highly competitive, and the company might not be able to compete effectively;
the company could have liability or the company’s reputation could be damaged
if the company fails to protect client and/or company data or information
systems as obligated by law or contract or if the company’s information
systems are breached; as a result of the company’s geographically diverse
operations and its growth strategy to continue geographic expansion, the
company is more susceptible to certain risks; the company’s results of
operations could be materially adversely affected by fluctuations in foreign
currency exchange rates; the company’s Global Delivery Network is increasingly
concentrated in India and the Philippines, which may expose it to operational
risks; the company’s results of operations could materially suffer if the
company is not able to obtain sufficient pricing to enable it to meet its
profitability expectations; if the company’s pricing estimates do not
accurately anticipate the cost, risk and complexity of the company performing
its work or third parties upon whom it relies do not meet their commitments,
then the company’s contracts could have delivery inefficiencies and be
unprofitable; the company’s work with government clients exposes the company
to additional risks inherent in the government contracting environment; the
company’s business could be materially adversely affected if the company
incurs legal liability in connection with providing its services and
solutions; the company’s results of operations and ability to grow could be
materially negatively affected if the company cannot adapt and expand its
services and solutions in response to ongoing changes in technology and
offerings by new entrants; the company’s alliance relationships may not be
successful or may change, which could adversely affect the company’s results
of operations; outsourcing services and the continued expansion of the
company’s other services and solutions into new areas subject the company to
different operational risks than its consulting and systems integration
services; the company’s services or solutions could infringe upon the
intellectual property rights of others or the company might lose its ability
to utilize the intellectual property of others; the company has only a limited
ability to protect its intellectual property rights, which are important to
the company’s success; the company’s ability to attract and retain business
and employees may depend on its reputation in the marketplace; the company
might not be successful at identifying, acquiring or integrating businesses or
entering into joint ventures; the company’s profitability could suffer if its
cost-management strategies are unsuccessful, and the company may not be able
to improve its profitability through improvements to cost-management to the
degree it has done in the past; many of the company’s contracts include
payments that link some of its fees to the attainment of performance or
business targets and/or require the company to meet specific service levels,
which could increase the variability of the company’s revenues and impact its
margins; changes in the company’s level of taxes, and audits, investigations
and tax proceedings, or changes in the company’s treatment as an Irish
company, could have a material adverse effect on the company’s results of
operations and financial condition; if the company is unable to manage the
organizational challenges associated with its size, the company might be
unable to achieve its business objectives; if the company is unable to collect
its receivables or unbilled services, the company’s results of operations,
financial condition and cash flows could be adversely affected; the company’s
share price and results of operations could fluctuate and be difficult to
predict; the company’s results of operations and share price could be
adversely affected if it is unable to maintain effective internal controls;
the company may be subject to criticism and negative publicity related to its
incorporation in Ireland; as well as the risks, uncertainties and other
factors discussed under the “Risk Factors” heading in Accenture plc’s most
recent annual report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with or furnished
to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this news release
speak only as of the date they were made, and Accenture undertakes no duty to
update any forward-looking statements made in this news release or to conform
such statements to actual results or changes in Accenture’s expectations.

Contact:

Accenture
Rachel Frey, + 917-452-3771
rachel.frey@accenture.com
or
Accenture
Leah Sneddon, +61427061206
leah.sneddon@accenture.com