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What does the future of cloud computing for banking look like—both in the near and long terms? Accenture sees cloud computing as an important step in the continuing industrialization of IT and thus capable of ultimately playing a key role in enabling high performance.

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  1. 1. Banking on the Cloud
  2. 2. Contents Banking on the Cloud Banking on the Cloud 3 Cloud computing is one of the hottest technology and business topics today, and the market for cloud services is expected to skyrocket in the next few years. What exactly is Cloud Computing? 5 At its most basic, cloud computing can enable banks to reuse IT resources more efficiently—whether they are purchased up-front or rented without any Finding cost savings in the Cloud 8 long-term commitment. According to research firm Gartner, this market for cloud services will increase from $36 billion today to $160 billion by 2015. Gartner also says 20 percent of companies will be using cloud computing for significant parts What opportunities does the Cloud create of their technology environment by 20121. for banks beyond cost savings? 9 However, cloud computing is much more than So what does the future of cloud computing look simply renting servers and storage on-demand like for banks—both in the near and long term? Having confidence in Cloud Computing 12 to reduce infrastructure costs—as many believe. The pundits tend to overestimate the impact of a Furthermore, it’s not simply a technology issue. technology and paradigm shift in the short term A journey not a destination 14 In fact, the cloud offers a host of opportunities for banks to build a more flexible, nimble and and underestimate what happens in the long term. In this paper, we explore some forward-thinking customer-centric business model that can drive uses of cloud computing in the banking sector and profitable growth and, as a result, should be discuss ways we believe innovative banks will be something that non-IT decision makers at banks leveraging the cloud for competitive advantage in understand and appreciate. the next five years. 2 3
  3. 3. What exactly is Cloud Computing? Accenture defines cloud computing as the dynamic Clouds can take two forms: private and public. provisioning of IT capabilities, whether hardware, For most banks, the first major foray into cloud software or services, from a third party over the computing will be via private clouds. Indeed, network. Although the term “cloud computing” is in a survey of IT executives at tier-one banks, relatively recent, elements of the concept, such 83 percent of participants saw private clouds as timesharing and virtual machines, have been as their first priority2. Private clouds are built around for several decades. What makes cloud within a company’s data center and are designed computing real now is the pervasiveness of the to provision and distribute virtual application, Internet and Internet technologies, virtualization, infrastructure and communications services for hardware commoditization, standardization, and internal business users. These service components open source software. A key catalyst is the success are highly elastic, and expand and contract as of major Internet companies such as Google, needed to meet service-level requirements. Amazon and Microsoft. The highly global and scalable infrastructure these companies have built In comparison, public clouds extend the data center’s to power Internet search, electronic commerce, capabilities by enabling the provision of IT services social networks, and other online services forms from third-party providers over a network. the core of cloud computing. In tandem, a cadre For example, software-as-a-service, platform- of capable, credible pure-play firms has emerged— as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service— and Workday among them. all of which offer virtualized solutions based on a variable, pay-as-you-go pricing model—are Characteristics of cloud services include emerging as important elements of next-generation the following: IT service capabilities. The increasing importance of cloud computing derives from its fit with current • Little or no capital investment required business priorities: It provides the capabilities businesses need on a flexible basis, helping them • Variable pricing based on consumption; cost-effectively respond to changing conditions. buyers “pay per use” By combining virtualization and one-to-many • Rapid acquisition and deployment architecture with a pay-as-you-go business model, cloud computing represents a new paradigm that • Lower ongoing operating costs will significantly impact the way IT infrastructure, platform, application and business processes • Programmable. capabilities are procured, delivered and supported (Figure 1). (Figure 1) Infrastructure, Applications and Processes in the Cloud Traditional solutions Cloud-based solutions BPO offerings from Proceess PayPal. ADP Employease, Accenture, IBM Amex-Concur SAP ERP, Oracle CRM IBM Application, Workday, NetSuite NotesLotus Microsoft BPOS Microsoft Window/.NET, Platform, Windows, Azure Linux/Solaris/I2EE Google App Engine IBM BladeCenter, Sun Fire X4100 Infrastructure Amazon EC2, VMware vCloud, IBM Smart Business cloud 4 5
  4. 4. At the infrastructure level, companies have already Unlike traditional BPO, which often requires the (Figure 2) Smartphone sales to beat PC sales by 2011 begun to source raw computing resources— service provider to take over an existing software 400 processing power, network bandwidth and storage— installation, the process cloud uses a common, one- from the outside on an on-demand basis. In most to-many platform to automate highly standardized 350 cases, these resources are used to augment rather processes. It differs from application clouds in that 300 than replace existing in-house infrastructure, which it provides end-to-end process support, covering Shipments (MM) 250 itself is increasingly virtualized. Unlike traditional not just software but also processes supported by hosting services, which provide dedicated hardware people, such as contact centers. These processes are 200 to customers, infrastructure cloud providers draw typically priced on a per-transaction rather than 150 from a pool of shared resources and dynamically per-seat basis. 100 expand and contract to accommodate fluctuating demand from different user organizations. As a An adjacent technology trend that is most affiliated 50 result, they provide far greater elasticity, economies with cloud computing is mobility. The mobile phone 0 of scale, and cost advantage compared to is an information access device that can be easily 2005A 2006A 2007A 2008A 2009E 2010E 2011E standalone datacenters. injected into the value chain to deliver cloud- based services and, indeed, soon will pass the PC in Smartphones PCs At the platform level, cloud-based environments popularity (Figure 2). Smart-phones are increasingly provide application developers similar functionalities versatile, acting as a wallet or security token. For as in traditional desktop settings. Specifically, instance, mobile payments vendor BOKU enables these include tools and other support for consumers to completely bypass the traditional development, testing, deployment, runtime libraries, banking system by enabling them to purchase and hosting. The emergence of such platforms virtual goods—such as weapons on the “Mob Wars” allows independent software vendors (ISVs) and app in Facebook—by charging the transaction IT staff to develop and deploy online applications directly to their wireless account instead of a credit quickly using the third-party infrastructure. card3. In this new world order, there are many avenues to a given piece of content, and devices—in At the application level, the first wave of cloud- different shapes and sizes—are simply doorways. A based services (also known as software-as-a- key principle of the new paradigm is that users will service or SaaS) falls broadly into the areas of tend toward whatever access patterns maximize CRM, human capital and financial management. their own convenience and productivity, whether The second wave focuses on desktop productivity this means reading a transcript of a voicemail on a tools, including word processing, spreadsheets, tablet computer, making a dinner reservation using e-mail and Web conferencing. Today, application a video game console, or approving a purchase clouds span all major enterprise solution areas, order by touching the screen of a phone. from procurement to enterprise resource planning and content management. These applications run While the trend of accessing information and on the third-party infrastructure. Organizations making payments via a mobile phone is not new, subscribe to these services based on the number cloud computing allows for new entrants that can of users or seats. Because these services are grow without the massive capital costs. Start-ups available via standard browsers, they support device can grow very quickly and support a massive influx independence and anywhere access. of customers by scaling on an infrastructure cloud without dealing with any of the legacy system At the business process level, cloud-based solutions, baggage of traditional financial institutions. For also known as business process utilities or platform- example, brought personal financial based business process outsourcing (BPO), offer an management services to its sizable community (1.5 Internet-enabled, externally provisioned service for million users as of 2009) using a software-as-a- managing an entire business process, such as claims service business model and offering. processing, expense management or procurement. 6 7
  5. 5. Finding cost savings in the Cloud What opportunities does the Cloud create for banks beyond cost savings? Indeed, one of the benefits of the cloud— technology. They need to evaluate the pricing models While saving money can be attractive, we believe Britain-based Zopa. According to Zopa’s website, the especially in the short term—is lower costs. of different kinds of cloud services. And they need there is much more to cloud computing than company “is a marketplace where people lend and Accenture, for example, estimates its own IT to work with the finance department to develop a cost reduction. We see four areas in which cloud borrow money to and from each other, sidestepping organization could save up to 50 percent of its consistent and acceptable approach to measuring computing can create significant opportunities for the banks. It’s a smarter, fairer and altogether more hosting costs annually by transferring most of its the costs and return from clouds. Only then can they banks to create new business models that are more human way of managing your money, where both applications to infrastructure clouds. Bechtel’s CIO reliably estimate the savings. customer centric and nimble and, consequently, can borrowers and lenders get better rates.”6 While benchmarked the company’s internal data center help banks grow more quickly and more profitably. plenty of questions remain about Zopa’s business and storage against those of Google, Amazon and In addition, a number of factors can play an in terms of the maturity and viability of these new, and concluded he could greatly important role in determining how much money a Building a Frictionless and Flexible Ecosystem models to move money, Zopa is demonstrating the reduce his per-unit costs by creating an internal bank ultimately can save by using the cloud: Cloud computing’s most compelling use case “art of the possible” in using cloud computing to cloud4. At the platform cloud level, Bank of America for banks likely will be in the way innovative orchestrate business processes outside the firewall. is using as a way to eliminate many local • Adopting common standards that make data services can be created. The cloud gives banks an application servers that are hosting departmental sharing and movement easier. opportunity to break apart their own value chain— Consumer Cloud Computing applications. be it credit approval or back-office fulfillment. A Banks also will be able to provide a more engaging • Using standard, “fit for purpose” service levels as bank can re-configure its business in-real-time and relevant customer experience that will enable The cloud also can substantially reduce the time much as possible, according to requirements of the by dynamically sourcing from several service customers to more easily access and use banking it takes for banks to roll out new applications. For specific application. providers. For example, an e-invoicing company products and services and, thus, help attract and example, SunTrust Bank rolled out its called Tradeshift allows for dynamic invoices that retain customers. For example an application that CRM application to 2,000 employees in just over two • Applying security and data privacy restrictions “pay themselves”. The service constantly monitors consumers might find useful on a smartphone and months instead of the six to 12 months a typical appropriately and, again, standardizing the number exchange rates and then automatically sends out that could be supported by traditional financial non-cloud CRM solution would take to implement5. of different levels as much as possible. an order to withdraw funds or to make a purchase services that are now made available by the cloud is when the process is cheapest. “Split the Bill.” This would enable consumers dining But bank executives should not take cloud savings • Overcoming any departmental ownership issues so out together to easily divide the bill among each as a given. They should seek rigorous ROI case as much work can be moved to the shared cloud Cloud services extend into the back office as well. other. At its heart, such functionality is still the same studies based on actual cloud usage, rather than as possible. Paypal, while relying on both banks and credit cards basic transaction enabled by just a bit of clever logic estimates of anticipated savings. Hardware, after all, in its system, wants to streamline the way money that sits within the application, plus the required is a relatively small component of data center costs. • Taking care to maintain flexibility around moves. Paypal is not alone. Amazon Web Services security. But it’s afforded by banks’ willingness to Executives need to uncover the hidden management, procurement to avoid being locked into specific and Microsoft Azure are enabling a new cadre of accept messages in a certain way with a certain transition, and usage costs that reveal themselves supplier arrangements. up-starts to think differently about how to stitch level of security around them from a mobile device, only when organizations start to work with the together the banking value chain. Twitpay, Zong and enables consumers to conduct their transaction and Square are new entrants into the payments and completely differently (and in a way that is transaction processing business and all are aiming convenient to them). to reduce fees and accelerate the movement of money. Nimble application developers are conjuring One of the cloud-based avenues in which banks up the latest cloud services that seek to bypass any can engage their customers is social media, which entity that slows down steps in both the front and is growing in prominence and popularity by the back office. month. Consider that between March and September 2009, the average amount of time spent on social Another example: Banks will be able team up with networking or blog sites increased from one in 11 other parties (such as telcos and post offices) that minutes to one in six minutes7 8. These figures clearly can provide the “last mile” to consumers with whom illustrate the rise of what we call the Conversation the banks have no existing relationship and who can Economy, the next logical step in the evolution from be difficult to reach. In supporting such teaming, the Information Economy and Attention Economy. the cloud can offer banks in the future an alternate With consumers spending considerable time having growth strategy—i.e., a bank will be able to provide online conversations, banks will need to determine wholesale banking services outside of its core how to monetize the time that is spent on geography without having to create a presence in these conversations. the new region by acquiring an established brand. Another benefit of the cloud is giving consumers One company that already is using the cloud to 24x7x365 access to their banks. Process clouds push the limits of traditional banking transactions is and collaboration clouds can allow experts to 8 99
  6. 6. connect to any branch location and become virtual crop of corporate and customer-facing applications The Rise (again) of Analytics A number of financial institutions already are advisors to answer questions about products and that will take advantage of parallelism, new Analytics has always been a differentiator for capitalizing on today’s cloud-based analytical tools. services—around the clock and entirely independent programming languages and the efficiency of the companies looking for ways to personalize For example, Zions Bancorporation, a Salt Lake City, of location. Such ability to respond to customers cloud’s bandwidth growth potential (Figure 3). interactions with customers as well as their Utah-based institution with $53 billion in assets, means a bank will never have to say no, maybe or products or services. Yet many companies still lack faced the dilemma of how to rein in the dozens of later to a request. Automated and human-directed Social networks are themselves a platform for mature analytical capabilities, whether it’s because data marts proliferating around the company. The avatars could further extend the reach of the branch application development and are a key venue for a they lack appropriate tools or have difficulty bank ultimately decided to build a private cloud, in terms of time, location and product expertise. bank to reach its customer base in different ways. sharing, integrating and storing vast amounts of based on a data warehouse platform from San Collaboration technology will be mandatory to make The applications built for these social platforms data for analysis. Mateo, California-based Greenplum, on which all customer information available at the best point can be used to enhance a bank’s brand, advertise the distributed data marts will be consolidated. User in time and to combine the know-how of multiple banking products and services and inform and Cloud computing has the potential to render such will still be able to conduct complex data analysis experts across multiple banking locations. It all engage customers. shortcomings obsolete. In fact, analytics is really on demand, but will do so in a way that enables adds up to the ability of branches to create a more tailor made for the cloud for several reasons: the IT function to maintain control over the overall compelling customer experience. Alternatively, a ”private” social network can be environment. Zion’s head of data warehousing and developed to enable employees and partners • The cloud enables banks to store an enormous business intelligence expects the new arrangement Applications When You Need Them to nurture innovation and the creative process. amount of data and put dormant data to work. to reduce maintenance and support costs while There is a compelling simplicity to a platform- Applications built using enterprise social giving users a common way to find, access and as-a-service and the velocity to drive innovation. software are already available and can be used • It provides a cost-effective platform for analyze important corporate data9. The benefits of platform clouds such as Azure, without any software download. For instance, developing analytics models, reports and driving App Engine and exist mostly within Confluence—a collaboration tool from software business intelligence. Visa, the credit card company, is conducting a departmental IT. These complete platforms are developer Atlassian—now supports the OpenSocial trial with Hadoop (a free software that allows the changing the way software is written. Instead of tool, allowing users to pull in gadgets to check • It can enable a bank to work with historical as crunching of data in parallel) to dig through two complex and highly rigid systems they encourage contacts, Gmail, Google Calendar well real-time or transaction information from a years of test records (73 billion transactions) and visually compelling and data driven applications. and other items. variety of sources. 36 terabytes of data to build fraud models. By switching from in-house processing to Hadoop, We believe that in the future, a considerable In short, banks will need cloud skills to help them • It enables banks to churn through vast amounts Visa cut the time it takes to build a fully functional portion of a bank’s applications will be candidates choose among platform providers and determine the of data and decipher patterns and anomalies—not model from one month to around 13 minutes10. for migration to one or more of the cloud models. “glue” across these loosely coupled systems. At the only in the past, but also project into the future— New applications certainly will be developed more very least, applications in the cloud will be a boon to much more quickly, efficiently and cost effectively Banks also can use the cloud to help design their collaboratively and with the input of business users. productivity through the use of cloud data storage Web personalization engines, customer behavior However, core banking in a legacy sense will likely and Web frameworks. Indeed, cloud computing as a virtually unlimited analyses and data mining algorithms with duel have a long shelf life due to legal, risk or regulatory repository of data is a current reality. Organizations goals in mind: seeking the fastest result and compliance considerations. There will emerge a new can lease computing power as they need it from maximizing the return on investment in the use of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft or Google, or turn infrastructure. For instance, Maybank Berhad was to vendors that have built analytics applications recently recognized by research and advisory firm on these platforms, to sort through lots of data Financial Insights for Innovation in Analytical CRM quickly to make time-sensitive decisions — for for its efficiency in using advanced data mining that example a bank can calculate the risk to its portfolio is enabling the bank to analyze, understand, predict of currency transactions or analyzing customers’ and influence customer behavior throughout the spending, usage and other behavior to identify customer life cycle. (Figure 3) Loosely coupled systems propensity to switch providers or lucrative cross- selling opportunities. Parallelization Language evolution Arch Data Code UI SaaS, PaasS, etc New data formats Dynamic, functional, Browser as default Multi-tenancy NOSQL & parallel languages Mobile & appliance Partly-cloudy systems New access styles Clicks vs code capabilities explode Integrating across Unstructured data ‘Glue’ Touch, voice, & providers “googles” Horizontal Productivity Moore’s Low End scaling demands Cloud cost model The New Web 10 11 11
  7. 7. Having confidence in Cloud Computing For good reason, security and data privacy remain consistency and automation in security and data that includes identification of interdependencies perhaps private clouds, and gain the capabilities prime concerns for cloud implementers in the privacy may actually provide a catalyst for driving among them, that is based on the lifecycle of all the plan requires. Make sure the organization banking sector, according to several studies11. greater security and reduced costs. applications—when each will require an upgrade or senses and responds appropriately to the impact The fear of having their data “in the cloud” is the replatforming due to age or functionality. In other clouds are having on their operations. single greatest hurdle that banking leaders must Banks need to adopt a very practical approach to words, a very measured, longer-term evolution, overcome to build trust and gain the benefits from security and data privacy in the cloud. Most banks rather than a mass migration, of applications to Set the standards for success. Provide the cloud computing. Indeed, especially given that the tag data with different levels of sensitivity, from the cloud makes the most financial sense. necessary oversight to the IT organization. Make cloud is a true “multitenanted” environment, CIOs low level (published widely with no restrictions) sure goals and deliverables are well understood, are concerned that their data could be stolen or to ultra secure (only accessible by top decision Establish a clear governance structure for cloud and projects are well aligned with business needs. compromised by hackers, mixed with data from makers). In the same way, banks will need to computing. Many organizations have rules and Clarify how the value from cloud computing is to their cloud providers’ other customers, or released design their cloud to have similar and appropriate structures in place that govern how IT decisions be determined: which quantitative and qualitative by mistake. security built in, through a managed combination are shared between departmental leaders and benefits are sought? And consider what else of both private and public clouds. So, for example, IT executives. Use them (and if they don’t exist, constitutes success besides value achieved and Many banks today have very specific challenges in low level data and access may well be suitable to create them) to decide who inside and outside the projects completed: skills developed, partnerships areas of security and data privacy. Their existing IT go onto a public cloud infrastructure service with IT organization should be engaged in decisions on established, and risks addressed. estates consist of highly fragmented landscapes of simple password access, whereas highly sensitive cloud computing, and what decision making rights security and data privacy approaches and policies data may require dedicated servers housed in ultra and responsibilities they have. Provide the necessary support. Besides financial taken across different functions or business lines. secure data centers with strong authentication resources and technical talent, support other This in turn carries a lot of risk and cost. Using required for access. There will be several different Inspect what you expect. When dealing with activities that will underpin the success of cloud the move to cloud computing to drive more levels of security in between. the cloud, service-level agreements are crucial initiatives. For example, organizations may because cloud computing entails reliance on third benefit from a community of practice or a cloud parties. Thus, choosing a service provider that program office to develop the skills and share the Making the Move to the Cloud meets a bank’s SLAs is vital. Furthermore, SLAs are important because cloud services are more experiences of people engaged in cloud projects. It will take time for banks to make the transition Ask hard questions and demand data-based measurable and can be shared and orchestrated. Buy cautiously, appraise frequently. It’s too early to cloud computing. Executives are still grappling analyses regarding cost savings. Don’t assume For instance, a bank can replace one service to predict who the major cloud providers will be with its risks, possibilities, and the cost of writing automatic and substantive cost savings. Do an provider with another, depending on its business in a few years, what capabilities they will deliver, off current IT investments. As well, the thorny ROI analysis. Consider conversion and ongoing and IT requirements, and will be able to manage when they will deliver them, and how well. So issue of integrating existing legacy applications costs as well as savings. Don’t be intimidated by demand and capacity in a very granular level with when selecting cloud providers, carefully consider that will remain in house with those sent to the the jargon. Experiment or pilot on low-hanging a flexible sourcing strategy. whether they have the potential to be a desirable cloud is one that needs to be addressed. fruit such as workgroup applications, or on a non- partner in the future. Even after they are chosen, mission critical, nonintegrated application. Then Keep cloud efforts on track. Make sure cloud evaluate your partners on their financial stability, Still, a transition to a hybrid of cloud and be ready to scale once you’ve proven the benefits computing receives the focused thinking, planning as well as their ability to improve functionality and conventional computing is underway. The are worth it. and follow-up it requires. Identify and address service levels, to integrate data across different capabilities and potential savings from clouds both immediate and longer-term business needs technology platforms and cloud services, and to are too great to ignore. In addition, software Understand the condition and scope of your entire and opportunities that lend themselves to cloud deliver on their promises. developers and venture capitalists will be drawn application portfolio and create a prioritized list of computing, develop a plan for using public and to this new market. The low development cost, which should go to the cloud and when. short development cycle, and quick return on Security and regulatory concerns undoubtedly cloud services are irresistible. This means future IT will play a major role in determining which advances and innovations are much more likely to applications can move to the cloud and which be based on clouds than conventional computing. likely will always have to remain in house. The critical issue isn’t whether cloud computing However, another determinant is the lifecycle of will become a fundamental technology in the next the application. If, for example, a bank knows decade. It is how successfully banks will profit that one of its applications is due for a major from the capabilities it offers. upgrade program in two years, that could well be the trigger point to move it to the cloud As they plan their migration to cloud computing, because it would be worth the investment to bank executives should consider the following recompile the application onto a new platform. actions. Thus, it’s helpful for banks to create a sort of decision tree around their application portfolio, 12 13
  8. 8. A journey not a destination About the authors Daniel Benton Despite banking executives’ current reluctance to The important thing for bank executives to Daniel is responsible for Accenture’s Systems Integration and Technology consulting businesses in EALA. embrace the cloud, we believe cloud computing remember is that cloud computing is a journey, He leads Accenture’s financial services industry group and provides insight into the use of technology offers banks enormous potential to not only not a destination, and that it alone does not render capabilities in support of FS client priorities. He works with multi-national clients to shape and deliver substantially reduce the amount of money they sustainable competitive advantage. Like any new their technology agendas across their business lines. spend running IT, but also to dramatically improve technology, early adopters do gain some advantage Previously, he has held leading roles in the delivery of large IT-enabled business transformation how they attract and retain customers and expand over those taking a “wait and see” attitude. But projects for FS institutions in the UK and South Africa. the markets they serve. that initial advantage is fleeting, lasting only as long as the rest of the pack catches up. Banks Security is a major and legitimate concern. that generate lasting advantage are those that Walid Negm However, it is clear that cloud providers are capitalize on the cloud’s lower costs, unlimited investing in capabilities that will allow them to capacity and flexibility to continually develop Walid is Director of Accenture’s Cyber R&D group and is based in Washington DC. He is a member of adhere to higher standards of security and data innovative products, services and channels. Accenture’s Technology Labs and has global responsibility for the creation of cyber and cloud security protection–and in the future those standards offerings. He has deep experience in managing risks across complex IT systems with a focus on the will likely meet or exceed those held by impact of emerging technologies for government and critical infrastructure clients. internal operations. References 1 2 computing-for-application-and-data-access.html 3 4 “CTO Roundtable: Cloud Computing,” Communications of the ACM, Volume 52, Number 8 (2009), Pages 50-56,; Gray Hall, “Bechtel Harnesses the Cloud: Case Study of an Enterprise Cloud,” 5 6 7 Nielsen, Global Faces and Networked Places: A Nielsen report on Social Networking’s New Global Footprint, March 2009 8 Nielsen, Nielsen Reports 17 Percent Of Time Spent On The Internet In August Devoted To Social Networking And Blog Sites, Up From 6 Percent A Year Ago, Sept 23, 2009 9,289142,sid91_gci1360115,00.html 10 11 14 15
  9. 9. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. 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. With approximately 177,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$21.58 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009. Its home page is Copyright © 2010 Accenture All rights reserved. Accenture, its logo, and High Performance Delivered are trademarks of Accenture.