Capgemini and Microsoft plan to offer accelerated cloud services in 22 countries
20/07/2011
The partnership will first focus on the UK, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, France, Belgium and Brazil.

Fuente: www.consultant-news.com   Fecha:  20.07.2011

Capgemini and Microsoft plan to offer accelerated cloud services in 22 countries

Capgemini Group, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, and Microsoft Corp. announce a global plan that will bring the expertise of Capgemini’s consulting, technology and outsourcing services to help deploy customer solutions on the Windows Azure platform. As part of the agreement, Capgemini will market and deliver services around Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, mobilizing Capgemini’s full lifecycle capabilities in orchestrating, designing, developing and running cloud-based application services.

As a business priority for both firms, the joint plan will offer Windows Azure solutions across 22 countries with a first focus on the UK, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, France, Belgium and Brazil. There will be targeted market offers across sectors including financial services, the public sector and energy & utilities. The Windows Azure platform delivers highly cost-effective development and deployment options on a flexible platform that offers increased speed to market. The joint plan will also provide advice to businesses on how to develop a cohesive, enterprise-class cloud strategy, giving new alternatives to deal with legacy and M&A challenges. Capgemini will furthermore work with Microsoft as an ecosystem coordinator among software providers that have created solutions on the Windows Azure platform for specific markets.

“Capgemini already has a very strong alliance with Microsoft and this further strengthens our relationship. We have a long history of customer collaboration and deep sector specific expertise and Microsoft offers innovative solutions to meet customer needs in the quickly growing domain of the cloud. Together we are well positioned to deliver cloud services that will help customers keep ahead of the technology curve, while at the same time reducing costs,” said John Brahim, Capgemini’s Application Services Europe Deputy CEO.

Capgemini and Microsoft will jointly invest in sales, technical training and various marketing activities. Together the firms have agreed to produce a future global study into the issues of data quality, security and sovereignty in the cloud. Capgemini will also:

• Train 1,500 architects and developers globally on the Windows Azure platform

• Develop a dedicated offshore center of expertise through building up the Windows Azure Center of Excellence in Mumbai, India

• Migrate selected solutions to the Windows Azure platform

• Actively drive ecosystems of third-party suppliers of Windows Azure-based solutions in targeted sectors