Published on June 24th, 2011 | by Bilal Sulehri1
Nokia signs agreement with Accenture & revamps location based services
It looks like Nokia has finally got out of their Symbian nostalgia. As they have joined hands with Microsoft, then signed contract with Smartphone heavy weight Apple to end long term licensing issues which also gave them financial boost and now they have inked a deal with Accenture to outsource its Symbian development and support activities.
This sweetly coincides with Nokia N9 announcement and leaking of screen shots of its first phone based on Windows Phone 7 series. This deal will ease Nokia as around 2,800 members of its staff will be transferred to Accenture. The transfer is expected to be completed by end of the current calendar year. This might be end of the love story between Nokia and Symbian as it is expected that Symbian OS smartphones will be gradually phased out.
Nokia has also decided to revamp its mobile and location based services. Michael Halbherr has been appointed as Executive Vice President to spearhead the changeover process. Effective July 1, 2011, Michael Halbherr will become a member of the Nokia Leadership Team, reporting to CEO Stephen Elop. The business headed by Halbherr will be formed by integration of NAVTEQ and Nokia’s social location services operators.
According to a press release on Nokia.com
“Focusing on location and commerce is a natural next step in Nokia’s Services journey. We will provide next generation social-location applications and commerce to differentiate Nokia. We also aim to extend our content and services offerings to all consumers by making them available to partners and customers on a wide variety of devices and operating systems,” said Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. “Michael is a widely recognized authority in the fields of mobility and social location services, and I am delighted to appoint him to lead an area of our business that will be crucial in Nokia’s transformation strategy.”