Building upon its global strategic alliance with Siebel Systems, Accenture announced the availability of a comprehensive set of services designed to deliver cost-effective cross-application integration through Universal Application Network (UAN). UAN is Siebel Systems' solution for reducing the cost and complexity of enterprise integration, enabling organizations to effectively develop and deploy cross-application business processes.

The cost of integration is rapidly becoming a significant barrier to the deployment of new business applications. Some large corporations estimate that 40 percent of the cost of new applications is spent linking disparate business processes and applications rather than delivering new business functions. By offering a comprehensive set of UAN services, Accenture will be able to help clients to more rapidly and cost-effectively realize the benefits of application integration, including improvements in revenue growth, productivity and business performance visibility.

Among the services Accenture introduced is an analytic tool that can facilitate and accelerate customer adoption of UAN. The Accenture Enterprise Integration Diagnostic for UAN allows clients to quickly select the prebuilt UAN solution assets that can best meet their integration challenges. The diagnostic provides a blueprint for deriving maximum value through the use of UAN: increased revenues, increased service levels at lower cost, more efficient use of resources, enhanced market perception, improved customer experience and reduced time required to realize benefits from business strategies.

Accenture also announced the availability of UAN implementation services beyond the diagnostic phase, including those supporting configuration; integration of UAN business processes into clients' existing architectures; and implementation of a business analytics architecture that provides detailed analysis of value delivered by UAN.

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