Accenture builds .Net services platform for telcos

Accenture will introduce a set of preconfigured Web services for communications service providers on Tuesday.

The suite of services, called Accenture Communications Solutions .NET-connected, will support operations such as customer care, sales, billing, service delivery, and business intelligence. "It's specifically being developed for service providers," said Accenture spokesman Alex Pachetti.

The company worked with Microsoft to bring its two-year-old Accenture Communications Solutions software suite to Microsoft's .Net platform, according to a Microsoft statement. The .Net versions can be linked with Microsoft SQL Server and some Microsoft BizTalk Server connectors, Microsoft said.

Accenture will present the services at its annual Global Convergence Forum, an event for clients in high-tech and communications industries held in Scottsdale, Arizona, Pachetti said.

This is not Accenture's first collaboration with Microsoft in the field of Web services. Back in February, it introduced Accenture Web Services Platform, a hosted development environment in which businesses can build their own Web services using .Net tools. That was developed with Microsoft and Avanade, a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft.

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