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AVANADE SELECTED BY ASPECT TO SUPPORT GROWTH AND MANAGE TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM

Global Commodity Trade and Risk Management Cloud Provider Aspect Transforms its Business Processes to Better Serve Customers

LONDON – November 02, 2016

Avanade, the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences for its clients, today announced that it will help Aspect to manage its IT platform with scalable product support and development, supporting the company’s strong growth trajectory.

Rapid transformation in the global commodities trading market combined with often dramatic volatility in the global trading prices for oil and gas, has driven exponential growth in demand from FTSE 100 and S&P 500 companies for Aspect’s cloud-based trade, risk and market data solutions. The company needs an IT platform to meet this demand while also delivering the improved operational efficiency that is key to its growth ambitions.

Aspect recently moved its outsourced operations from Russia to India. Working with Avanade’s Global Delivery Network and local Delivery Centres, Aspect established a new scalable workforce, within a matter of weeks. In addition, Avanade successfully took over product management and maintenance of Aspect’s business-critical platform.

In a fast-changing market, businesses are now looking for a new economics of efficiency that will deliver flexibly and quickly at a lower cost. Aspect awarded a five-year contract to Avanade due to its unrivalled experience in cloud-based development, service management and end-to-end ecosystems. In addition, Avanade has the ability to deliver increased productivity by offering solutions which maximise efficiency, increase agility and give the freedom to innovate for Aspect’s customers.

“Avanade is well placed to help us transform our business and create value over the coming years through new IT approaches. As our partner Avanade will play an important role in managing our product development and maintenance, end-user support, assisting with our roadmap development and future expansion plans,” said Steve Hughes, CEO at Aspect.

Aspect will now work with Avanade to transition to a single platform delivery model that is agile, adaptable to scale, reliable and cost-effective. Aspect’s integrated platform is a key revenue stream for both users and customers, providing real time trade data and risk exposure. The work with Avanade will ensure Aspect can cope with current and future growth, while being in a position to easily absorb acquired companies – a key part of its business plan.

Jacob Parsons, Energy and Utilities executive at Avanade UK, said: “Throughout the tender process we have shown our deep understanding of the trading market that Aspect is in and carefully managed its end-to-end service. With a quick turnaround required, we delivered a complex transition from Russia to India on schedule and have been delivering successfully for over two months.”

Hughes continued: “Businesses can be wary of outsourcing, particularly in complex environments such as Russia where the transition of knowledge to India can create uncertainty. However, Avanade overcame these cultural challenges to transition and stabilise our business within a matter of weeks, taking over product development and maintenance of our business-critical platform. It was a huge success, and no major issues have been reported since.”

About Avanade

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals combine technology, business and industry expertise to build and deploy solutions to realize results for our clients and their customers. Avanade has 29,000 digitally connected people across 23 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honours diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn more at www.avanade.com.

About Aspect

Aspect is a leading global provider of multi-commodity trade, risk and operations management applications delivered Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in the cloud. With almost 500 customers in 90 countries, it’s one of the fastest growing providers with rapid deployment, affordable subscriptions, and immediate ROI for all size companies. Solutions include AspectCTRM®, a full-featured commodity trading and risk management enterprise suite for front, middle and back office. It’s available in three editions: Lite, Standard and Enterprise, expanding in functionality according to the needs and budgets of clients. Aspect is the only ETRM/CTRM solutions provider with market data and analytics tools delivered with its trade and risk functions on the same platform. This provides users with a seamless packaged solution beginning with pre-trade pricing analysis and market assessments via AspectDSC. Aspect’s solutions are available on desktop, tablets and mobile devices and through its new Aspect Partner Program (APP).

Media Contacts

Avanade

Helen Woodfield
Phone: +44 207 025 1000
helen.woodfield@avanade.com

GOLIN

Nish Ratanji
Phone: +44 207 067 0762
Email: nratanji@golin.com

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