Atos Origin wins Database Partner of the Year award at the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) France Partner Specialization Awards

by Editor 12/10/2010 12:59:00 PM
IT consulting firm Atos Origin won the Database Partner of the Year award at the 2010 OPN France Partner Specialization Awards. The award honours the firm's innovative services and solutions based on Oracle's products.

Atos Origin is an international leader in IT services, providing hi-tech transactional services, consulting, systems integration and managed operations to deliver business outcomes globally. The company’s annual revenues are EUR 5.1 billion and it employs 49,000 people.

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle's partner program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle's growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity.

Richard Frajnd, VP Sales Technology at Oracle France, said, "We awarded Database Partner of the Year 2010 to Atos Origin for its in-depth expertise in the field of databases and ability to assist customers from beginning to end - consulting, integration, hosting in cloud computing or dedicated mode. Oracle believes in integrating software and hardware to help clients accomplish their best achievements. We are delighted that Atos Origin, an OPN Specialized partner, is also convinced of the power of this infrastructure and is helping to deliver Oracle Exadata to the market. Atos Origin has its own Oracle Exadata demonstration and prototyping system available for all of its EMEA clients so that they are able to familiarise themselves with the excellent performance achievements of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine."

Francis Meston, Executive Vice President of Global System Integration at Atos Origin, commented, "This Database Partner of the Year Award is a fantastic boost for our collaboration with Oracle, and Atos Origin has the ambition to become a leading provider for Oracle Exadata in Europe. It illustrates that we can work with Oracle to offer strategic infrastructure and integration solutions. Atos Origin is one of the first major IT players to have expressed its confidence to its clients in Oracle Exadata’s ability to consolidate and simplify database landscapes as well as data warehouses with real time insight, which is particularly useful in Business Intelligence. Atos Origin is able to help customers in implementing and hosting their projects either on a traditional infrastructure or onto Cloud-oriented environments, so they can benefit from Oracle Exadata's extreme performance, low overall costs and environmental friendliness."

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Accenture report: High performing IT organizations hit the ground running following the economic downturn

by Editor 12/1/2010 2:36:00 PM
High performing information technology (IT) departments at large companies have hit the ground running following the recent economic downturn, recalibrating their efforts to drive more business value from IT, and leaving their less adroit counterparts playing catch-up, according to new research from Accenture.

While many companies slipped into stagnation mode during the downturn, cutting budgets and focusing primarily on maintenance, high-performing organizations viewed IT as a growth engine for their business and the economic conditions as an opportunity to build capability.

Accenture defines high performers in IT as those that achieve excellence in IT execution, IT agility and IT innovation together, balancing the constant and sometimes opposing demands placed on today’s IT function.

High performers in IT not only manage IT like a business, but run IT for the business and with the business. CIOs at these organizations are engaged in their company’s business strategies and are able to truly map out how IT supports those strategies.

"Our survey found that chief information officers (CIOs) of high performance IT organizations are deeply involved in business outcomes and closely attuned to business needs – current and future – across the enterprise," said Gary Curtis, Accenture’s chief technology strategist who supervised the research. "They are successfully retiring their legacy systems and embracing newer technologies. They are adept at managing the balance between optimizing costs and ensuring that they have the budget, skills, and resources to help fuel business growth."

The research also found that high performers don’t just do a few things well; they excel across the board when compared to lower performing IT departments. Some examples:

• They have web-enabled 42 percent more of their customer interactions and 93 percent more of their suppliers’ interactions;

• They are 44 percent more likely to recognize the strategic role IT plays in increasing customer satisfaction;

• They are eight times more likely to measure the benefits realized from IT initiatives;

• They spend 29 percent more annually on developing and implementing new applications rather than on maintaining existing ones; and

• They are twice as likely to view workforce performance as a priority by addressing challenges such as an aging workforce and collaboration, as well as developing technical and soft skills (business knowledge, relationship management)

"High performing IT departments are powerful drivers of value for their organizations – not simply keeping the lights on, but promoting technology initiatives that power innovation and enable the IT organization to function as a business," said Curtis.

Working with CIOs, Accenture based its research on detailed assessments of more than 226 of the world’s largest private- and public-sector organizations. Accenture conducts the research periodically as part of its ongoing effort to identify the characteristics of high performing IT organizations.

The Gap Has Grown

The current research uncovered a gap between high performers and other IT organizations – a gap that has grown significantly since Accenture’s last look at high performance IT organizations in 2008. Indeed, the difference between high performers and their peers in regards to IT innovation has grown from 31 percent in 2008 to 42 percent today. In the area of execution excellence, the gap has increased seven points – from 30 percent to 37 percent – in two years.

"High performers that have shown the ability to differentiate their core IT capabilities during the downturn – a period when many organizations were focused primarily on cost reduction – are now positioned to deliver much more value to their companies as they pursue business growth,” said Curtis. “Companies failing to adopt the same management practices as high performers are, at best, at a competitive disadvantage. At worst, they are at risk of falling permanently behind."

About the Study

The High Performance IT research program has been operating since 2005. This report is based on detailed assessments conducted by the most senior IT executives in 226 of the world’s largest private and public sector organizations in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific These companies have combined annual revenues of $2.1 trillion, represent a wide range of industries and include both Accenture clients and non-clients.

To read the full report, please click here.

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