Capgemini Receives HP AllianceONE Converged Infrastructure Partner of the Year Award

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Paris, 20 December 2010 – Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, today announced it has been recognized by HP in the first HP AllianceONE Partner of the Year Awards in the category of "Best Converged Infrastructure Systems Integrator Solution."

The first annual HP Converged Infrastructure Alliance Partner Awards provide an opportunity to recognize leading HP alliance partners for advancing solutions with HP Converged Infrastructure. The Awards select partners who have delivered innovative solutions that offer business excellence and client satisfaction, across a broad range of solution areas. Capgemini’s award for ‘Best Converged Infrastructure Systems Integrator Solution’ acknowledges its achievements in advancing Converged Infrastructure through the solutions development that demonstrate client value and an innovative approach to solving real business issues.

Capgemini was recognized in particular for its North American Hosting offering which now includes an SAP Hosting in the Cloud solution for mid-market companies using HP Converged Infrastructure. This solution meets fluctuating customer demands and offers a cost effective method to start up standard, common SAP solutions. An HP Converged Infrastructure environment, built on BladeSystem Matrix technology with Insight Dynamics and StorageWorks, is now installed in Capgemini’s hosting centers located in Marlborough, Massachusetts and Phoenix, Arizona. It enables a private cloud offering for SAP mid-market clients across the oil & gas, telecommunications, media and entertainment, life sciences and retail sectors. The consolidated cloud solution can be reactive to customers’ changing needs through increased scalability and flexibility using configuration and pricing models, with monthly pricing that reflects consumed usage.

Capgemini received SAP certification in North America for providing SAP as a cloud offering after the HP Converged Infrastructure implementation was completed in March 2010 and the first customer went live with their SAP production environment in June 2010.

Raf Howery, Capgemini Group Vice President, Global Channels and Partners Executive said: “We are delighted to receive another important award from HP this year. It is testament to the strength of our relationship with HP as one of our strategic Alliance Partners and recognizes the value this solution provides to our mid-market SAP customers. Capgemini’s SAP know-how and industry expertise coupled with HP Converged Infrastructure has made it possible for us to offer a cost-efficient, standardized SAP computing solution. This means our customers can benefit from the combination of a market-ready SAP solution that leverages leading technology with proven IP to provide almost instantaneous access to a flexible SAP service which is easy to manage and deploy.”

“Organizations need their IT systems to be flexible and scalable,” said Paul Miller, vice president, Solutions and Strategic Alliances, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, HP. “As the foundation of Capgemini’s hosting centers, HP Converged Infrastructure gives mid-size organizations a private cloud solution that addresses these needs. Capgemini’s collaboration with HP and commitment to helping organizations transform their IT environments make it the AllianceONE Converged Infrastructure Partner of the Year in the category of Best Converged Infrastructure Systems Integrator Solution.”

Capgemini was also recognized with the Application Implementation Partner of the Year Award at HP Software Universe Partner Summit in Washington DC for testing services delivered to leading financial services institutions earlier in June 2010, and with the HP Software Alliance Partner of the Year Award at HP Software Universe in Barcelona on 1 December.

About Capgemini
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working, the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM. The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to get the right balance of the best talent from multiple locations, working as one team to create and deliver the optimum solution for clients. Present in more than 35 countries, Capgemini reported 2009 global revenues of EUR 8.4 billion and employs over 100,000 people worldwide.

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