MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - Avanade Inc., a global IT consultancy, announced today it has opened an office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to better assist customers with more dedicated service. The office will be the local hub for 50 employees and consultants focusing on application development for the automotive and industrial manufacturing, consumer goods and financial services industries.

"With an emerging customer base in several industries across the Midwest, our Wisconsin office ensures Avanade will provide local customers with deep and comprehensive services on the Microsoft platform," said Joseph Mendel, Avanade General Manager, Central Region. "Although we've been working with Wisconsin companies through our Chicago location since 2003, this new office gives us a dedicated workforce to offer more efficient service for local clients."

With a larger, local workforce, Avanade is committed to building a significant presence in Wisconsin and delivering lower cost solutions to customers. The Wisconsin office provides Avanade with the capacity to build deeper relationships with local customers and partners in the area by participating in more industry and community events.

"We're pleased that Avanade is making this commitment to Wisconsin. Avanade is a genuine global player, specializing in Microsoft solutions for the enterprise," said Rob Busch, Microsoft Enterprise Sales Manager, Midwest District. "We're excited that it will now be easier for us to bring assets and experience of Avanade's caliber to our customers and to help them drive more value out of their investment in our products."

"This new Avanade office is good news for our clients. Our deep industry expertise complements Avanade's depth on the Microsoft platform," said Thomas Arenberg, Senior Executive at Accenture. "We are looking forward to bringing fresh ideas to our Wisconsin clients."

The office is located in the Milwaukee Center on Kilbourn Avenue and joins Avanade's network of consulting locations worldwide. With 49 offices across the globe, Avanade has more than 7,800 professionals serving customers in 22 countries.

About Avanade

Avanade is a global IT consultancy dedicated to using the Microsoft platform to help enterprises achieve profitable growth. Through proven solutions that extend Microsoft technologies, Avanade helps enterprises increase revenue, reduce costs and reinvest in innovation to gain competitive advantage. Avanade consultants deliver value according to each customer's requirements, timeline and budget by combining insight, innovation and the talent of our global workforce. Founded in 2000 by Accenture and Microsoft Corp., Avanade has more than 7,800 professionals serving customers in 22 countries worldwide. Additional information can be found at

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