British American Tobacco in five year co-sourcing deal

British American Tobacco has signed a five-year application co-sourcing contract with Accenture for application development of core systems.

Under the deal, Accenture and British American Tobacco will jointly build a wide range of applications, including finance, supply chain, sales and marketing, for global, regional and local use.

The companies said in a statement that British American Tobacco is standardizing its IT systems globally. British American Tobacco development staff in Spain will work with Accenture's Global Delivery Network, including the teams in the Philippines and India, to create and deploy the new applications.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

“We believe that this co-sourced program will make us considerably more effective across our global enterprise,” said Craig Wallace, head of solution delivery at British American Tobacco.

“Collaborating with Accenture on this program will greatly enhance our knowledge, skills and capabilities and enable us to more quickly reshape and transform solution delivery within our business. Accenture is arguably the leader in this field and brings world-class people, tools and assets, combined with a deep understanding of and close relationships with SAP and Siebel.”

Koen Van Bockstaele, a senior executive in Accenture’s Consumer Goods and Services practice, said, “This project will help British American Tobacco deliver IT solutions in a more focused, coordinated and efficient manner across its global operations. We look forward to helping the company significantly improve the speed of technology delivery and reduce the level of complexity in the process.”

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