Microsoft, Capgemini Expand Alliance

Microsoft and consultancy Capgemini Group announced Wednesday that they are expanding their existing relationship. Under the deal, Capgemini and Microsoft say they will invest in joint marketing, "demand generation" and partner solutions.

The idea is to improve their ability "to meet the needs of clients in a wide range of industries worldwide," according to a joint statement released today.

The investment will also focus on speeding development of differentiated offers through professional services from Capgemini and its wholly-owned subsidiary, IT services provider Sogeti.

Additionally, the alliance will expand its existing portfolio of cross-industry solutions in the areas of security, compliance, mobility, server consolidation, migration of infrastructure and applications to Windows, .NET Web services, enterprise application integration and outsourcing, the companies said.

Capgemini will build outsourcing solution offerings that leverage Exchange Server, Systems Management Server, Microsoft Operations Manager and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server.

The investment will also technical and sales training on new Microsoft products to Capgemini and Sogeti architects, developers and consultants worldwide.

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Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.