Capgemini and Microsoft Announce ERP+ Initiative on SAP

Capgemini Group, one of the world’s foremost
providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing services, and
Microsoft Corp. announced ERP+, a strategic, multimillion euro
initiative that is expected to maximize their customers’ return on
investment from their existing SAP installations. As part of this
partnership, Capgemini also announces new services that are aimed at
helping customers drive productivity improvement and cost reduction by
leveraging the interoperability between their Microsoft and SAP
investments. By partnering with Microsoft, Capgemini will extend its
portfolio of ERP solutions, enabling it to complement ERP services,
regardless of technology, and enable broader access for more customer
employees, regardless of location, industry or role.

Today,
companies are insisting on more ROI for their IT investments.  ERP+
delivers against this imperative by empowering customers to leverage
their existing SAP and Microsoft investments thereby and is expected to
reduce costs and drive employee productivity. Specifically, ERP +
enables companies to combine the power of SAP and ease of use of
Microsoft Office and SharePoint technologies, Windows phone and Microsoft Application Platform products to do the following:

Increase employee access to SAP data from the desktop and mobility devices

Improve worker productivity by reducing data re-entry and easily automating unstructured business processes

Reduce IT costs by enabling reuse of existing Microsoft software licenses and reduced user training costs

“Many
customers, especially those in large enterprises, have selected SAP to
automate their structured processes and Microsoft to support their
unstructured workloads. As a global strategic partner to both SAP and
Microsoft, Capgemini is uniquely positioned to add client value through
integration,” said Olivier Picard, chief sales officer, Capgemini.
“This alliance addresses our customers’ need for integration beyond
Microsoft .NET and NetWeaver™ and enables seamless integration that
really drives role-based productivity and cost reduction.”

Under
this agreement, Capgemini and Microsoft will jointly invest in
marketing, demand generation and asset development to meet the needs of
joint customers in a wide range of industries worldwide. Moreover,
Capgemini will do the following:

Establish a Microsoft and SAP interoperability Center of Excellence

Train 1,000 Capgemini architects on interoperability of the Microsoft and SAP environments

Conduct customer workshops to demonstrate the value of integration

Establish an accessible SAP + Microsoft Interoperability environment

Develop
a suite of Microsoft SharePoint- and Windows Mobile platform-based
accelerators to help automate industry-specific scenarios

“SAP
customers are already using Windows and Microsoft SQL Server to
maximize reliability and minimize total cost of ownership (TCO) on over
50 percent of new installations.  We are extremely excited to partner
with Capgemini to help as many of these customers maximize employee
productivity, extend SAP utilization, and further reduce TCO via
SharePoint and Microsoft’s mobility solutions,” said Simon Witts,
corporate vice president of the Enterprise and Partner Group at
Microsoft.

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