Google’s effort to displace Microsoft Office on corporate desktops got a modest boost today when Capgemini, the large IT services company, announced that they would be making Google Apps part of their range of offerings for corporate customers.
Capgemini, the large European IT services company, and Microsoft today reaffirmed their long time alliance:
Capgemini Group and Microsoft Corp. today announced they will extend their longtime alliance with a new agreement and enlist the services of the Sogeti Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Capgemini and a premier IT services provider.
Under the alliance agreement, Capgemini Group and Microsoft will invest in joint marketing, demand generation and partner solutions to improve their ability to meet the needs of clients in a wide range of industries worldwide. The investment is also focused on accelerating the development of differentiated offers through professional services from Capgemini and Sogeti.
In addition, the alliance will focus on expanding its portfolio of cross-industry solutions in the areas of security, compliance, mobility, server consolidation, migration of infrastructure and applications to the Windows® platform, .NET Web services, enterprise application integration and outsourcing. Capgemini will build outsourcing solution offerings that will leverage Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Systems Management Server, Microsoft Operations Manager and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server.
The investment is also being used to provide technical and sales training on new Microsoft products to Capgemini and Sogeti architects, developers and consultants worldwide and to expand and improve their joint marketing and sales engagement.
As always, services alliances are very important to Microsoft in dealing with large enterprises and they have alliances of some sort with all of the major players.