Capgemini and Microsoft have announced 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 life-cycle capabilities in orchestrating, designing, developing and running cloud-based application services.
The joint plan will offer Windows Azure solutions across 22 countries with a first focus on the U.K., the Netherlands, North America, France, Belgium and Brazil. There will be targeted market offers across sectors including financial services, the public sector, and energy and 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 also will provide advice to businesses on how to develop a cohesive, enterprise-class cloud strategy, giving new alternatives to dealing with legacy and mergers and acquisitions challenges. In addition, Capgemini will work with Microsoft as an ecosystem coordinator among software providers that have created solutions on the Windows Azure platform for specific markets.
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 :
- [advt]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.
- Joint customers, including the Dutch police, are already piloting the Windows Azure platform, backed with services by Capgemini.
Capgemini’s Europe Deputy CEO, John Brahim said,
“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.”
Doug Hauger, general manager for Windows Azure at Microsoft said,
“Our mutual customers will benefit from this joint plan with Capgemini to offer flexible cloud business solutions to customers through the Windows Azure platform. The Windows Azure platform minimizes the need for infrastructure investments. Applications developed on Windows Azure can be deployed rapidly with the reliability and security that’s essential for the enterprise. Microsoft is committed to continued investment in cloud solutions and will work with Capgemini to facilitate the deployment of cloud solutions for customers around the world.”