Capgemini and Microsoft Expand Global Alliance

REDMOND, Wash., and PARIS, July 19, 2004 — Capgemini and Microsoft Corp. today announced several milestones in their seven-year alliance — including strong momentum in U.S. healthcare and European public-sector markets — as well as a new multimillion-dollar global agreement designed to extend the relationship across industries worldwide. The companies have collaborated since 1997 to help enterprise organizations take advantage of the latest Microsoft
technologies to achieve competitive advantage, grow revenue and reduce costs.

The alliance has generated more than $2 billion in sales of Microsoft-based solutions and services since its formation, and the companies have increased alliance sales more than 47 percent since 2002.

“The steady growth of our alliance can be attributed to three factors,” said Deanne Handron, senior vice president and global alliance leader at Capgemini. “First, Microsoft provides industries with an integrated, comprehensive platform for rapidly developing high-value business solutions. Second, Capgemini is adopting the latest technology advancements from Microsoft as they emerge, allowing us to deliver innovative solutions. And most important, both companies rely on collaboration as a critical strategy to meet client needs, and we have become experts in working together to help clients achieve measurably faster, better and more sustainable results.”

New Global Agreement

Under the alliance agreement, Capgemini and Microsoft will invest more than $50 million to improve their ability to meet the needs of clients in a wide range of industries worldwide. The investment is focused on accelerating the development of new industry solutions based on the Microsoft Windows Server System (TM) and Microsoft .NET software, and professional services from Capgemini. Representative vertical industry solutions of the alliance include these:

  • Healthcare and public sector. Payer-provider connectivity, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and revenue cycle management, clinical portal forms, and mobility and collaborative content management

  • Energy, chemicals and utilities. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) application replatforming, enterprise portals and field service mobility

  • Automotive, manufacturing and retail. ERP application replatforming, sales force mobility, service parts management, channel customer profitability and extended retail solutions

In addition, Capgemini and Microsoft are focusing on expanding the alliance portfolio of cross-industry solutions in the areas of security, mobility, server consolidation, migration of infrastructure and applications to the Windows®
platform, .NET Web services, enterprise application integration, and outsourcing. The investment also is being used to provide technical and sales training on new Microsoft products to Capgemini architects, developers and consultants worldwide, and to expand and improve the companies’ joint marketing and sales engagement.

“Capgemini has the deep industry and technical expertise required to help enterprises take advantage of Microsoft technologies to advance their business objectives,” said Simon Witts, corporate vice president of the Enterprise and Partner Group at Microsoft. “We are very excited to build on our long-term success with Capgemini and take our alliance to the next level.”

Success in Healthcare, Public Sector

Capgemini and Microsoft have achieved strong momentum in the U.S. healthcare market, enabling a wide range of organizations to take advantage of the Windows Server System and .NET software to improve patient care, reduce administrative costs and increase revenue opportunity.

  • At Swedish Hospital of Seattle, a clinical mobility and collaboration solution built on the .NET Framework, Microsoft Office InfoPath (TM) 2003, BizTalk®
    Server 2004 and other Microsoft products will enable Swedish Hospital of Seattle to efficiently provide high-quality care for more patients.

  • PACLAB Network Laboratories, also based in Washington, is using a .NET-based portal to improve physicians’ access to patient lab reports and provide a complete, unified view of a patient’s lab data.

  • Capgemini, Microsoft and Dell are collaborating on a $40 million initiative for WellPoint Health Networks Inc. to bring new IT solutions to 19,000 physicians to improve the quality, productivity and safety of the nation’s healthcare system. The solutions include computerized physician order entry (CPOE) for prescriptions and systems for paperless submission of claims.

The companies have achieved strong momentum in the public sector in Europe as well, providing innovative solutions such as the following:

  • An integration solution for the U.K. Department of Education and Skills that gives schools and teachers the flexibility to order just the information they need and gain access to that information quickly. The solution is one of the first live implementations of BizTalk Server 2004 and uses Web services to provide links between an online ordering system and third-party fulfillment company.

  • A server consolidation and migration to Windows Server (TM) 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 for the London borough of Croydon

  • In addition, it was announced in December 2003 that Capgemini had won a 3billion, 10-year deal with the United Kingdom’s Inland Revenue. This is one of the largest deals in outsourcing history.

Capgemini Group has more than 4,000 professionals skilled in Microsoft technologies and five Accelerated Delivery Centers dedicated to Microsoft solutions. Capgemini experts are members of several Microsoft Partner Advisory Councils, helping shape Microsoft product and development strategies in areas such as mobility, communication and collaboration, and e-business. Capgemini is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in Integrated E-Business, Information Worker, Business Intelligence and Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, and was named Microsoft Global Services Partner of the Year for 2003.

About the Capgemini Group

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing services, has a unique way of working with its clients, which it calls the Collaborative Business Experience. Through commitment to mutual success and the achievement of tangible value, the company helps businesses implement growth strategies, leverage technology, and thrive through the power of collaboration. Capgemini employs approximately 55,000 people (as of January 1, 2004) and reported 2003 global revenues of 5.754 billion euros. More information about individual service lines, offices and research is available at .

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