Company Overview of Avanade, Inc.
Avanade, Inc. provides business technology solutions and managed services. The company offers application development services, including application integration, application lifecycle management, application migration, application renewal, cloud, custom application development, digital marketing, e-Commerce, and mobile computing; business intelligence solutions, such as business intelligence strategy, information architecture, performance management, and reporting and analytics; and collaboration solutions, including collaboration migration and strategy, content management, enterprise search, intranet implementation, and social computing. It also provides customer relationship management (C...
818 Stewart Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Founded in 2000
Key Executives for Avanade, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Chief Executive Officer of Avanade Federal Services and Corporate Vice President of US West Operating Unit
President of North American Region
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2012.
Avanade, Inc. Key Developments
Avanade, Inc. Presents at FT Global Investment Series: Focus on Canada (New York), Mar-13-2013 01:30 PM
Mar 10 13
Avanade, Inc. Presents at FT Global Investment Series: Focus on Canada (New York), Mar-13-2013 01:30 PM. Venue: 10 on the Park (at Time Warner Center), 60 Columbus Circle, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10019, United States. Speakers: Aziz Virani, President of North American Region.
Avanade, Inc. and Nokia Inc. to Deliver Packaged Windows Phone 8 Devices, Applications and Services
Jan 9 13
Avanade, Inc. announced an agreement with Nokia Inc. to create and deliver packaged Nokia Lumia devices, applications and services to large enterprise customers. Avanade and Nokia plan to deliver packaged offerings combining Avanade's application development and system integration services, Microsoft technology and Nokia's Lumia products and related services. Together with Accenture, Avanade and Nokia are also providing enterprise customers with Windows Phone and Microsoft infrastructure expertise to support the pilot adoption and testing of Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices through to production deployments.
ScanSource Sues Avanade, Inc., Alleging 'Bait-and-Switch'
Jan 2 13
Avanade, Inc. has been sued by ScanSource, Inc. for what ScanSource calls a 'bait-and-switch', after ScanSource saw Avanade's initial estimate for the installation of enterprise resource planning software system Microsoft Dynamics AX balloon from $17 million to nearly $66 million and from 11 months to three years, with the ERP system still not live. ScanSource contracted with Avanade in 2009 to replace its aging information technology infrastructure with a new core system that would support ScanSource's continued global expansion. Avanade's implementation was originally scheduled to be completed within 11 months. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, alleges - among other things - fraud, tortious misrepresentation and breach of contract, and seeks tens of millions of dollars in damages that ScanSource has incurred and will continue to incur, as a result of Avanade's misconduct. The lawsuit alleges that Avanade knew it was not capable of performing the Microsoft AX implementation for ScanSource, and misrepresented its skills and abilities to land the lucrative engagement. The suit also states that Avanade engaged in "bait-and-switch" sales tactics that defrauded ScanSource into believing that Avanade had, and would assign, highly-skilled consultants to perform the implementation. Instead, as the lawsuit alleges, Avanade provided ScanSource with a revolving door of consultants who knew little or nothing about implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX software or managing large-scale global ERP projects. The result was an incomplete and defectively designed system that suffered from numerous flaws and required extensive remedial work. Avanade's incompetence was reflected in, among other things, the staggering 500,000 lines of software code it wrote in an attempt to have the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform meet ScanSource's business requirements. According to the lawsuit, 'As a result of Avanade's fraud and breaches, an implementation that was initially budgeted for $17 million has now cost ScanSource approximately $37 million - and is estimated by Accenture, Avanade's parent entity, to require an additional $29 million to complete. This ballooning of the Project cost estimate from $17 million to approximately $66 million represents an almost 300% price increase for delivery of the global ERP implementation that is years behind the originally scheduled initial go live.'. The suit also states, 'Avanade's inability to accurately estimate the effort required for the implementation caused ScanSource to de-scope some of its Minimum Business Requirements in an attempt to reduce the Project's escalating cost and keep the scheduled go-live dates intact. As a result of this de-scoping exercise, ScanSource had to retain some of its legacy applications to perform certain processes that the new Microsoft AX system was supposed to handle. For other de-scoped functionality, ScanSource was required to write its own applications to fill the gaps'. By forcing ScanSource to de-scope functionality, Avanade performed a classic bait-and-switch on ScanSource. Specifically, after being engaged on the Project for only a few months, Avanade drastically increased its fees estimate, thereby forcing ScanSource to make the following choice: either pay substantially more for functionality that Avanade was supposed to deliver as part of the initial quote, or forego that functionality to reduce a ballooning budget far in excess of what Avanade had represented and agreed to. The lawsuit continues, 'at regular intervals throughout the Project, Microsoft and Accenture performed quality assessments of the Project . Both Microsoft and Accenture concluded that the Project was being mismanaged and made recommendations, including the preparation of an integrated project plan, to stabilize the project and get it back on a track toward go-live'.
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