Accenture (NYSE:ACN) announced that research and consulting firm Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) has ranked Accenture as "Best in Class" in their recent reports on leading providers of application management in France, Germany and the UK 1. Accenture received the highest rating in numerous categories in all three reports, including ability to provide business transformation, industry coverage and global delivery organization (overall rating). According to PAC, the total market volume of application management for France, Germany and the UK is estimated at 3.2 billion EUR, 2.9 billion EUR and 3.8 billion GBP, respectively. These reports evaluated IT services providers as part of a complex assessment process covering over 50 criteria that measure the strengths and weaknesses of providers. Both stand-alone application management and application management embedded in application outsourcing, business process outsourcing or complete outsourcing deals were considered. "Accenture is pleased to be recognized as an outsourcing provider best equipped to deliver the desired results for clients across Europe," said Prasad Sankaran, managing director and global lead for Accenture's Application Services practice. "Organizations are looking for a collaborative partner with the right mix of local and global capabilities - a local understanding of business dynamics, culture and industry challenges combined with the innovation, flexibility and cost competitiveness that comes from operating at a global scale. Our global network and industry knowledge, combined with a 20-year successful track record, allow us to deliver effective cost advantages and improved long-term business value for our clients." The full PAC report are available for France, Germany and UK markets. More information on Accenture's Application Management and Optimization services can be found here. 1 PAC, "Leading Providers of Application Management in France 2013 ," by Katharina Dalka, September 2013.PAC, "Leading Providers of Application Management in Germany 2013 ," by Phillip Schalla and Karsten Leclerque, September 2013.PAC, "Leading Providers of Application Management in the UK 2013 ," by George Mironescu and Nick Mayes, September 2013. About Accenture Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 281,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. 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. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page is www.accenture.com.