Compaq and Andersen Consulting are to team up to help companies build large-scale business applications on lower-cost platforms with the new Microsoft .NET.
New enterprise companies need to migrate applications to industry-standard platforms and operating systems, both to lower the cost of computing and simplify their computing environments. Andersen Consulting and Compaq say they can bring a new level of economics to enterprise customers, while preserving reliability.
The agreement includes the launching of performance and scalability centers that will develop next-generation enterprise and e-business solutions based on the Microsoft Windows 2000, .NET Enterprise server products and Compaq ProLiant servers.
The first two centers, in Cincinnati and in Houston, will operate as one, allowing experts in either location to work on the same project, to speed turnaround.
Mary McDowell, vice president of Compaq Industry Standard Server Group, said, “Together we will deliver innovative Windows 2000 enterprise platform-based solutions to help customers achieve immediate and concrete results.”
“This is all about speed and accuracy, two key requirements of businesses seeking to migrate mission critical applications,” said Karl Newkirk of Microsoft Solutions Organization, Andersen Consulting. “By teaming up with Compaq we are better able to meet those requirements.”
Compaq’s portfolio includes ServerNet II, the server-to-server interconnect technology, and a range of clustering solutions which enable customers to achieve mainframe-class computing at lower costs.
Andersen Consulting is an $8.9 billion management and technology consulting organization with more than 65,000 professionals in 48 countries. The firm provides a range of services including venture funding, business incubation and launch, consulting, technology and alliances.