On Friday, Capgemini and Microsoft announced ERP+, a strategic, multi-million dollar initiative which is expected to maximize their customers’ return-on-investment from their existing SAP installations. Additionally, Capgemini announced new services 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.
“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 Capgemini chief sales officer Olivier Picard. “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.”
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 increase employee access to SAP data from the desktop and mobility devices, improve worker productivity by reducing data re-entry and easily automating un-structured business processes, and reduce IT costs by enabling reuse of existing Microsoft software licenses and reduced user training costs.
The agreement calls for Capgemini and Microsoft to jointly invest in marketing, demand generation and asset development to meet the needs of joint customers in a wide range of industries worldwide. Capgemini will also establish a Microsoft and SAP interoperability Center of Excellence, train 1000 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, and develop a suite of Microsoft SharePoint- and Windows Mobile platform-based accelerators to help automate industry-specific scenarios.