Nokia lagert seine Handysoftware Symbian aus – Stellenabbau im nächsten Jahr

Der finnische Handyhersteller Nokia plant, sein Handy-Betriebssystem Symbian an Accenture auszulagern.

Der Vertrag soll noch in diesem Sommer unter Dach und Fach gebracht werden. Dies teilten die beiden Unternehmen mit.

3000 Mitarbeiter der Symbian-Entwicklung behalten zunächst ihren Job und 2012 werden leider 4000 Stellen weltweit abgebaut.

Mehr Informationen stehen in der offiziellen Pressemitteilung:

„Nokia Corporation
Stock exchange release
April 27, 2011 at 11.15 (CET +1)

Espoo, Finland and New York, US – Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today announced plans for a strategic collaboration in which Nokia would outsource its Symbian software activities and transition about 3,000 employees to Accenture. At the same time, Accenture would provide mobility software services to Nokia for future smartphones.

The collaboration, which is subject to final agreement, calls for Accenture to provide Symbian-based software development and support services, with the expected transition of about 3,000 Nokia employees to Accenture. The companies expect completion of the final agreement during summer 2011, and expect the transition of employees by the end of the calendar year 2011. Transitioning employees, located in China, Finland, India, United Kingdom and the United States, will initially work on Symbian software activities for Nokia. Over time, Accenture and Nokia will seek opportunities to retrain and redeploy transitioned employees.

This collaboration also includes plans for Accenture to provide mobility software, business and operational services around the Windows Phone platform to Nokia and other ecosystem participants. Under the proposed agreement, Accenture would become a preferred partner for Nokia’s smartphone development activities, as well as a preferred provider of services.

„Mobility is a key area for Accenture,“ said Marty Cole, chief executive, Accenture Communications and High Tech group. „This collaboration with Nokia will enhance our ability to help clients across multiple industries leverage mobility to advance their business agendas. It is a real win-win for Accenture and Nokia“.

„This collaboration demonstrates our ongoing commitment to enhance our Symbian offering and serve our smartphone customers,“ said Jo Harlow, executive vice president for Smart Devices, Nokia. „As we move our primary smartphone platform to Windows Phone, this transition of skilled talent to Accenture shows our commitment to provide our Symbian employees with potential new career opportunities.“

Accenture and Nokia have been working together since 1994. In October 2009, Accenture acquired Nokia’s professional services unit that provides engineering and support of the Symbian operating system to mobile device manufacturers and service providers, and which then served as a key building block in Accenture’s Mobility services portfolio.“

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