Sun shines on Cap Gemini
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One of Europe's leading systems integration and management consultancy, Cap Gemini, will provide a service to help enterprise clients compete in the new network economy. Cap Gemini will support Sun Microsystems, Inc. iFORCE initiative to drive clients into the Internet century.

Cap Gemini has committed to a memorandum of understanding (Mou) with Sun containing mutual engagements, including opening proof-of-concept centres to help clients become e-business enterprises. As with all MOUs, it is non-binding and subject to negotiation before a completed agreement is reached.

Cap will initially support the Sun initiative in the telecommunications, automotive and insurance sectors, with a number of proof-of-concept centres. As the result of earlier cooperation with Sun in the telecom market, Cap Gemini has already opened a number of competency centres to include proof-of-concept centres in which Sun, Java and the Sun/Netscape Alliance technologies are shown for solutions applied to Internet, mobile and fixed line networks.

Currently, there are about 10 e-business competency centres in Europe, the United States and in Asia, with another five due to be launched in 2000. While none of these centres shows Sun or Sun/Netscape Alliance solutions exclusively, the centres assist telecoms, automotive and insurance/finance clients implement Internet-oriented applications. Clients can work with Cap Gemini to develop, test and evaluate leading .com applications and systems before they purchase them. The centres offer services ranging from strategic consulting to architectural design, building and operations of e-business solutions integrating Sun and Sun/Netscape Alliance platforms and applications.

Diana Billingham, director of technology alliances, Cap Gemini Group, said: “Because of our cutting-edge work in the telecoms market with some of the world's most innovative providers of IP and backbone services, Cap Gemini has developed carrier-class competencies in systems integration and business model consulting which we can leverage for our general business clientele.”

“Our mission is to help our clients build upon our previous experience in Internet to develop best-of-class solutions implementing their e-strategies,” Billingham concluded.

While businesses come to Cap Gemini for a variety of specific dot-com needs, the company offers a suite of services to migrate an organisation’s customer relationships, supplier and partner interactions, employee relationships, e-commerce, data and products and services toward e-business. Cap Gemini characterises these capabilities as ‘dot-explore, dot-know, dot-design and dot-enjoy.’

Darlene Yaplee, vice president, worldwide field marketing, Sun Microsystems, said, “We are tremendously pleased that a partner with the geographic scope and technical expertise of Cap Gemini has joined our initiative to enhance e-business delivery capabilities to the joint customer base of both our companies.”


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