ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - Avanade, a global IT consultancy, today announced it has opened its newest development center, located in Atlanta. The Avanade Atlanta Development Center will serve as the local hub for the company's 70 consultants working in the Atlanta market. It will also serve as a local development center focusing on mobile development, infrastructure outsourcing and application development on the Microsoft® platform.

The Atlanta location joins Avanade's network of consulting locations worldwide. With more than 40 offices across the globe, Avanade has more than 7,800 professionals serving customers in 22 countries. Avanade's South region has worked with leading companies and organizations from a variety of industries including telecommunications, hospitality, government, manufacturing, utilities, communications and hi-tech.

"With several global customers in the region from the telecom, government, utilities and manufacturing sectors, we felt opening an office in Atlanta was a natural evolution of our business," said James Franklin, Avanade's Atlanta portfolio director. "Atlanta has a lot to offer in terms of IT talent and this office gives our customers a dedicated application development center and the local experts they need to build IT solutions that meet some of their most critical business needs."

"We are pleased that Avanade considers Georgia Tech's outstanding graduates to be among the reasons for its remarkable success," said Ralph Mobley, Director of Career Services at Georgia Tech. "We are truly excited that they have chosen to expand in Atlanta with a new office as this will lead to substantial local growth for Avanade and deepen its relationship with Georgia Tech. Avanade is and will continue to be a prestigious destination for our exceptional students."

The Avanade Development Center is located in Midtown Atlanta. Avanade expects to see continued growth in the Atlanta market, and plans on adding as many as 150 new consultants in the coming years. Since opening in November, the center has already grown by 50 percent due to customer demand as it adds dedicated resources to serve its customers and continue to create innovative solutions for Avanade's global network.

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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