Capgemini launches global Application Lifecycle services
09/12/2009
Simplification of application lifecycle key to containing costs and improving agility for clients

Fuente: http://www.consultant-news.com  Fecha: 9.12.2009

Capgemini launches global Application Lifecycle services

Capgemini Group has created a new global Application Lifecycle Services capability. This new service line will help clients manage the entire lifecycle of applications from development to maintenance, including testing, implementation and optimisation.

The new service line will be supported by 15, 000 specialists across the globe, including half of Capgemini’s 20,000 strong workforce in India. As part of this new initiative, Capgemini will retrain 5,000 application consultants, engineers, architects and managers in the next six months, in a spectrum of new methodologies and techniques to drive simplification of the application landscape. Based on a powerful Application Lifecycle Service Framework which is developed from hundreds of best practices, the new approach will aim to simplify architecture and portfolio principles as well as enable stronger IT governance.

The new global service line will offer services in all major geographies and for all mainstream technology platforms. Clients can expect to achieve significant cost savings when applications are maintained and further developed by Capgemini throughout their entire lifecycle. With this new global service line, Capgemini is aiming for a leadership position in the fast-growing application lifecycle segment.

“More clients are entrusting the full lifecycle management of their IT applications to us as they adjust to today’s demanding business environment. To cater to this, we decided to combine the pieces of our business which address innovative applications with the ones that oversee the ongoing maintenance of services,” commented John Brahim, General Manager of Capgemini’s new global Application Lifecycle Services and member of the Global Management Board of Capgemini. “We increasingly see organisations reach a point where the budget for maintaining and stabilising the existing IT landscape is dwarfing the investments in new initiatives. As a result, enterprises no longer prefer to self-manage this complex and cumbersome application process.”

Large and global organisations are showing the strongest demand for such services, with telecommunications, manufacturing, public and financial services showing the greatest interest. According to Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC), a leading a global market research and strategic consulting firm based in France, the worldwide market for application maintenance alone already represents a €20 billion market, with Europe and North America forming the two largest parts. In addition, the latest Gartner market forecast for combined Application software support and Application development in 2010 indicates a worldwide market size of €88.2 billion. To tap into these markets, Capgemini has developed a powerful set of application lifecycle instruments, including collaborative governance formats; architecture frameworks; development enablers and accelerators; and continuity and de-commissioning technologies.

A good example of Application Management and Development services, in a secure environment, is Capgemini’s collaboration with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). John Taylor, MOD’s Chief Information Officer, said: “DECS [Defence Electronic Commercial Service] has delivered many cost-saving and time-saving efficiencies at the MOD over the last eight years and I am pleased that Capgemini, who have consistently exceeded the very high service levels that we demand, will continue to work with us in the years to come. I also look forward to continuing the highly collaborative partnering arrangement with Capgemini that has delivered real innovation in the way we work, both internally and with our defence and other industry partners.”

The creation of the global Application Lifecycle Services capability represents the second stage of Capgemini’s major growth initiative, known as ‘Business as Unusual’ which was unveiled on November 5, 2009. It and launched with a major investment in the Group’s Business Information Management capability. Through this series of strategic initiatives, Capgemini aims to generate €800 million of additional bookings in 2010.