Accenture, Answerthink and The Hackett Group, an Answerthink company, have formed a strategic alliance to jointly market and deliver benchmarking solutions aimed at introducing clients to the best practices of the world's top companies. The agreement gives Accenture the exclusive right to collaborate with Answerthink and The Hackett Group in offering its clients business process and best practice benchmarking services provided by Answerthink and The Hackett Group in several areas, including finance, accounting, performance management and business intelligence. The Hackett Group owns a benchmark database, which includes more than 2,200 global participants. A key goal of the agreement is to enable Accenture and Answerthink to better define the characteristics of high-performance businesses. The agreement gives Answerthink access to Accenture's global client base and sales distribution channel. By working with more clients, Hackett will able to broaden its database.