Capgemini Group and Microsoft 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 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," informs the software company.
"As a business priority for both firms, the joint plan will offer Azure solutions across 22 countries with a first focus on the U.K., the Netherlands, North America, France, Belgium and Brazil. There'll be targeted market offers across sectors including financial services, the public sector, and energy and utilities. 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've created solutions on the Azure platform for specific markets," the Redmond comapny informed.
Joint customers, including the Dutch police, are already piloting the Azure platform, backed with services by Capgemini.
"Police officers identified a gap between police legacy systems and the growing trend for app stores and cloud computing. To counter this, we wanted to transition to a cloud-based model for better information sharing, both internally and externally," said Willem Broer, program director VPK, from the Dutch police. "Capgemini has been our partner for designing the architectural framework (both long- and short-term solutions) in order to decide upon a road map for innovation. To connect our legacy systems with new Web parts, Azure was a trusted choice for our technology management program. The program, called 'Virtual Police Service,' is aimed at a new style of policing, making use of the latest tools for analyzing data and apps for supporting daily routine. Policemen can use mobile devices to facilitate knowledge sharing and practical communication via private and public networks. The Internet portal is currently being piloted among police, safety professionals and civilians in order to support a multiagency approach. Because safety is an issue for the whole society, an important part is the introduction of citizen support tools, so citizens can use apps to help the government in controlling and combating organized crime."
Capgemini will also do the following:
- 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 Azure platform.
- Actively drive ecosystems of third-party suppliers of Azure-based solutions in targeted sectors.
[Source: Microsoft Press]