Nokia Outsources Symbian Development to Accenture… Now Complete
Although this piece of news might not mean much to the common Nokia fan, know that the complete move of Symbian development to Accenture is a new chapter in the history of the handset maker and the OS. The announcement about this move was made by in April and the agreement was done in June.
The result? 2300 employees from Nokia will move to Accenture, but that’s 700 less than originally intended. The new mother company will offer software development solutions for Symbian and support services to Nokia until 2016 at least, so you’re safe for a couple of year, if you’re an owner of the latest in Symbian products.
The decision doesn’t physically affect employees, that will even keep their position in the Nokia offices. 1200 of those are in Finland and the rest are doing their job in the UK, USA, India and China. 650 employees have either moved to other companies or received new positions within Nokia. Accenture will start a retraining program, preparing everyone for the step by step move to Windows Phone development. This kind of outsourcing has only two possible outcomes: either the software will be totally innovative, or it will be a mess and lose the Nokia identity… Which one will it be?