IFS and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young are to cooperate within the energy and utilities sector. Their first joint deal has recently been agreed with Dalkia, one of Europe largest energy services providers with 23,300 employees.
According to the agreement, IFS and CGEY will supply enterprise solutions to customers worldwide. In particular, the alliance focuses on delivering solutions to the asset management segment of the energy and utilities markets.
Dalkia, part of the France-based Vivendi Environment Group with about 117,000 employees, has signed an agreement with IFS for the delivery of IFS Applications as part of a global framework contract for modernizing its IT systems, CGEY being the selected integrator.
In France, Dalkia operates through eight regional offices, offering nationwide coverage and local services that meet the needs of each customer. The IFS solution will initially be used by 1,450 employees in the field of service management as well as sales and marketing.
Amor Bekrar, sales and marketing director of IFS France, said, “IFS Applications will contribute to helping Dalkia evolve to a fully integrated and business-oriented information system.”
CGEY and IFS will establish a Center of Excellence (CoE) around IFS applications, with the first hubs in Scandinavia and France.
Bengt Nilsson, president of IFS commented, “Our primary reasons for selecting CGE&Y as a strategic alliance partner is that we already have experience of working with CGEY professionals, and I know that we share the same aims with respect to customer satisfaction.”
Colette Lewiner, general manager of CGEY’s energy and utilities sector, commented, “The asset management domain is becoming more important in the aftermath of deregulation as utilities are faced with the challenges of running their operations as efficiently as possible.”
Torbjörn Wahlsten, CGEY director of alliances, added, “We believe an enterprise-wide approach to asset management is essential. We found that solutions based on IFS applications will enable our clients to achieve a very flexible and cost-effective operation based on a solid foundation for the future.”
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young is one of the largest management and IT consulting firms in the world. The company offers management and IT consulting services, systems integration, and technology development, design and outsourcing capabilities on a global scale to help traditional businesses and dotcoms continue to implement growth strategies and leverage technology in the new economy. The organization employs more than 59,000 people worldwide.
With 5,000 consultants engaged in Energy and Utilities projects across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, generating 8% of the consolidated Group revenue in 1999, the Group’s Global Sector Unit serves the business consulting and information technology needs of many of the world’s largest players of this industry.
IFS develops and supplies business applications that offer step-by-step evolution to the extended enterprise. IFS Applications includes web-based enterprise applications, CRM and supply chain management components, Internet storefronts, eMarkets and eProcurement solutions. IFS eBusiness solutions provide seamless integration of all data sources from the fastest web sites and exchanges to legacy ERP.
IFS is the fastest-growing large global vendor in the business applications market. The company has 3,500 employees with products sold in 42 countries through 64 offices around the world.