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Supermarket Reclaims its Central Nervous System! (15 Nov 2005)
Supermarket retailer J Sainsbury decided last month (October 2005) to end its £1.8bn IT outsourcing contract with Accenture raising questions about the commercial benefits of outsourcing IT functions. Sainsbury's promised a year ago that it would review the relationship and then signalled the possibility of taking its IT functions back in-house when in March it moved the Accenture-controlled IT team back into its London headquarters. 

A spokeswoman for the company said Accenture was originally appointed to transform Sainsbury's IT systems and with that work largely complete the firm believes it can now make cost savings by running IT operations in-house.