Capgemini receives SAP certifications

by Editor 2/8/2010 10:39:00 PM
Capgemini has been certified by SAP AG as a provider of solution implementation based on the Run SAP methodology. Capgemini will incorporate the methodology into its implementation standards.

Run SAP is a phased methodology based on world-class knowledge. It is designed to provide best-practice procedures, content, services, training and tools for end-to-end solution operations, along with a standardized and proven implementation method. The Run SAP methodology focuses on application management, business process operations, and administration of SAP solutions. The methodology describes how support should be implemented across the lifecycle design, set-up, operations and optimization. In addition, with its best-practice documents for solution operations, it describes how to implement end-to-end solution operations for different SAP software-based business processes.

Capgemini also has been certified by SAP AG as a global provider of application management services after recent audits in North America, India and Spain. The certification reinforces Capgemini’s new service line, Application Lifecycle Management, which the Group recently launched to help clients manage the entire lifecycle of applications from development to maintenance, including testing, implementation and optimization.
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Deloitte, Capgemini named SAP implementation leaders in new report

by Editor 10/13/2009 1:42:00 PM

IT consulting firms Deloitte and Capgemini are among the businesses that were named leading SAP implementation providers in the latest market report from Forrester Research, Inc, "The Forrester Wave™: SAP Implementation Providers, Q3 2009."

Forrester analysts used 60 different criteria to evaluate 18 SAP implementation providers and released a report that contains a thorough analysis of the SAP leaders' products and services.

The report reads, "Deloitte is a leader in SAP implementation services and particularly excels at the transformational and process consulting elements of implementations. Its Dbriefs executive seminar series and similar initiatives offer a way for firms to learn about industry trends and business drivers beyond just the technology. Deloitte has particular expertise in industries like food and beverage, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, automotive, life sciences, retail, government, utilities, and chemicals."

Stephan Raemaekers, DTT SAP Leader, commented, “Deloitte is honored to receive this outstanding recognition from such a respected industry research organization. The focus on our industry expertise and value for investment are particularly rewarding accolades. Deloitte professionals pride themselves in understanding their clients’ markets and individual businesses on a global basis, because they are convinced that this helps them deliver more value for the time and money they invest in world-class technology.”

Capgemini received similar accolades in Forrester's report, which states, "Capgemini offers a solid mix of technical expertise, strategy consulting, and ongoing maintenance, support, and hosting. The provider does a significant percentage of its work in EMEA, but also has strong presence across North America and Asia Pacific. Capgemini invests heavily in innovation around technical development such as cross-industry initiatives around SOA and its industry-specific 'Ready-to-Run' prebuilt solutions."

Renate Radon, Vice President, Global SAP Alliance Executive, Capgemini, said, "'It's a great achievement for Capgemini to be included as a leader in Forrester's SAP Implementation Providers Wave report. 'Our team of SAP professionals collaborate with our clients so that we're a true partner in their transformations, delivering a full range of services across the entire lifecycle of an SAP implementation to ensure that they receive efficient and effective technical solutions that support their business needs."

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InfoWorld names Top 25 Information Technology leaders of 2009

by Editor 6/5/2009 4:36:00 PM
Leading information technology web portal InfoWorld has selected the Top 25 CTOs of 2009 - information technology industry leaders who achieved exceptional results for their businesses.

InfoWorld honours chief technology officers who overcome significant challenges and use information technology as their main vehicle to deliver results for their companies. The Top 25 CTOs are also acknowledged for their management and leadership skills as well as their expertise in the field of IT.

This year's top IT industry leaders come from a wide range of sectors, from energy and insurance to beverages and cosmetics.

The 2009 InfoWorld CTO 25 Award winners are:

  • Anthony Abbattista, Allstate Insurance
  • Joseph Abidaoud, Direct Energy
  • Peter Balnaves, CVS Caremark
  • Jacquelyn Barretta, Con-way
  • Brian Cohee, Mixpo
  • Christopher Crowhurst, Thomson Reuters
  • Srini Devadas, Verayo
  • Roland Etcheverry, Champion Technologies
  • Kevin Flowers, Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • David Giambruno, Revlon
  • Stephen Herrod, VMware
  • Tom Keen, BlueStar Energy Services
  • Edwin Marcial, IntercontinentalExchange
  • Ross Mason, MuleSource
  • Wayne Mekjian, Wells Fargo
  • David Mercier, Johnson Controls
  • Andy Mulholland, Capgemini
  • Judith Spitz, Verizon Business
  • Adam Stanley, Aon
  • Erik Swan, Splunk
  • Paul Valle, Papa Gino's
  • Jeff VerHeul, AMD
  • Aber Whitcomb, MySpace
  • Jack Wilson, Amerisure
  • Brian Young, Creighton University

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Capgemini wins 2009 SAP Pinnacle Award

by Editor 5/22/2009 4:47:00 PM

Capgemini has been awarded a 2009 SAP Pinnacle Award as a leading SAP partner in the category Top Company Contributor – BPX (Business Process Expert) Community, the consulting firm announced this week. The awards were presented at SAP’s international customer conference that took place in Orlando, Florida, between May 11 and 14.

SAP’s partners and employees submitted more than 300 nominations this year, two times as many as in 2008, and the awards were presented to partners that excel in addressing critical issues, enhancing customer experience, and improving return on investment.

Capgemini and SAP have been partners for more than two decades and their collaboration has borne particular success in the area of new architectures and technologies.

Renate Radon, vice president, Global Alliance Executive at Capgemini, said: “ “Capgemini is proud to be recognized among SAP’s thriving partner ecosystem with this prestigious award. This marks the third time in the past four years we’ve been honored with an SAP Pinnacle Award. This award once again demonstrates that our clients can rely on our capabilities to implement new, innovative technologies and solutions for superior performance and first-mover advantage, thanks to our close partnership with SAP.”

Zia Yusuf, executive vice president, Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP, commented: “SAP is committed to fostering an ecosystem that is driven by co-innovation and which uniquely provides solutions and services that help customers meet their most pressing challenges. SAP Pinnacle Awards recognize those partners that have consistently demonstrated excellence in delivering value-focused and cost-effective solutions and services which help customers address their industry and business process needs. We thank Capgemini for their dedication and passion to teaming with SAP to help extend the value of a customer-focused ecosystem.”

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Information Technology Specialist Certification program reaches new milestone

by Editor 5/22/2009 3:51:00 PM
The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced that the number of individuals that have achieved its Information Technology Specialist Certification (ITSC) program has surpassed the mark of 1,000 professionals. Launched just last year, the ITSC program assures that individuals possess the prerequisite skills and experience to develop and deliver an ever-more complex set of IT solutions. The program counts a diverse set of companies and global IT solutions providers across numerous industries as active contributors, including for example Credit Suisse and Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services.

The Open Group ITSC program offers a worldwide set of standards for qualifying the skills, knowledge and experience of IT Specialists. Rather than requiring an examination that only tests a professional's knowledge of basic skills, a review board comprised of certified IT Specialists ensures that the skills and experience of each candidate meet the rigorous qualification standards. As such, ITSC enables organizations to find and select the right expertise for their projects, a critical requirement brought on by the globalization of IT initiatives, regulatory compliance and rising industry expectations for quality of service.

"ITSC raises the bar for qualifications across the entire industry," said Ron Tolido, vice president and chief technology officer at Capgemini Nederland. "As one of the founding contributors to ITSC, Capgemini believes that the industry at large benefits immensely from a global standardized view of the skills, experience and competencies of IT Specialists across many different disciplines. The world is our market and also our delivery place: we need to speak the same language to achieve successful collaboration."

ITSC is the first program to offer independent, comprehensive, global certification for professional specialists within two technical focus areas: Development and Operations; as well as four client focus areas, including Services, Technical Sales, Technical Support and Technical Training.

"To allow for the development of truly well-rounded and competent specialists, it was important to IBM that both skills and experience be assessed as part of the program," said Brian Mitsuki, Senior Certified Consulting IT Specialist & Americas IT Specialist Profession Leader, IBM. "The ITSC program provides for that holistic assessment and ensures that our specialists are the right people for the job."

"The rapid growth of ITSC certifications in the last year affirms our belief that establishing a set of standards for IT Specialists benefits not only the professionals, but also their employers, and clients," said Allen Brown, CEO of the Open Group. "Companies such as IBM and Capgemini leverage ITSC because they understand that they are well served by a globally-recognized set of certification criteria that acknowledges real world skills and experience to assure the quality of hires, provide a clear career path for employees, as well as a guide for selecting the most competent individuals."

Individuals interested in certification for their own career paths as well as companies looking to establish an Accredited Certification Program for employees should visit www.opengroup.org/itsc/cert.

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Capgemini reports stable revenues in the first quarter

by Editor 4/30/2009 4:14:00 PM
The Capgemini Group posted consolidated revenues for first quarter 2009 of €2,205 million, up 0.9% compared with the same year-ago period and down 0.3% like-for-like (constant Group structure and exchange rates).

Compared with the first quarter of 2008, the Group's revenues reflect the following like-for-like changes:

􀁹 By discipline: Outsourcing Services advanced 1.1% and Technology Services edged up 0.4%; Sogeti declined 0.7% while Consulting Services retreated 9.8%.

􀁹 By region: the United Kingdom & Ireland put in a strong performance (up 7.0%), while revenues in France and Benelux shed 0.8% and 0.6%, respectively. Revenues recorded in North America were 6.9% lower than in the first quarter of 2008.

Bookings in first-quarter 2009 (excluding recent acquisition BAS BV) came in at €2,221 million versus €2,172 million in the prior-year period (at comparable exchange rates and Group structure), and were boosted by a near-40% leap for Outsourcing Services. Although bookings weakened by 9% on average for the Group's other three disciplines (Consulting, Technology and Local Professional Services) due to a wait-and-see approach to new project launches among clients, the book-to-bill ratio for these businesses nevertheless remained in positive territory at 1.04.

These results are in line with expectations and bolster the Group's confidence in its guidance for the first half of 2009 that like-for-like revenues would see a modest decline of around 2% and that operating margin should remain above 6.5% (first-half 2008 operating margin was 7.6%).

At the Group's Shareholders' Meeting held today, Capgemini will ask shareholders to approve the payment of a dividend of €1 per share and appoint two new Directors: Bernard Liautaud, General Partner of Balderton Capital Management and co-founder of Business Objects; and Pierre Pringuet, Chief Executive Officer of the Pernod Ricard Group.

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Management Consultancy Recruitment Channel Report 2009

by Editor 4/20/2009 4:46:00 PM
Top-Consultant.com has released the 2009 Management Consultancy Recruitment Channel Report. In its eighth year, the study aims to help consultancy recruiters and job candidates improve their odds in the job market in the challenging economic climate.

The Management Consultancy Recruitment Channel Report consists of two surveys: a survey of 877 management consulting job candidates from all the major consulting firms, including Accenture, Capgemini, PA Consulting, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PwC, EDS, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, and a survey of 142 recruiters working in the consulting industry.

The report covers such areas as recruitment trends and budgets in the downturn, recruiters’ expectations, industry sectors expected to generate most recruitment activity within consulting, functional areas of consulting expected to be most active this year, most likely source of hires, retention rates in 2009, most frequent reasons why people leave consulting and most popular jobs they move on to, recruitment channels, candidate attraction, most popular recruitment channels, past, present and future trends in candidate application behaviour, candidate intentions, and most popular individual recruitment consultants, recruitment agencies and internet job site suppliers.

The Recruitment Channel Report, available at Top-Consultant.com, is sponsored by Mindbench.  

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Capgemini launches Capgemini Consulting, Europe's largest consulting firm

by Editor 4/9/2009 3:32:00 PM
As businesses everywhere feel the increasing effects of globalization coupled with the worldwide economic downturn, there is now an unprecedented need for action-oriented business transformation, from strategy to execution. In line with its mission to enable clients to transform and perform through technologies, Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today announced Capgemini Consulting, a global Strategic Business Unit of the Capgemini Group, headed by Pierre-Yves Cros, former Group Strategy Director. With this move, Capgemini Consulting becomes the largest European consulting firm.

Consulting has a long-standing heritage within the Capgemini Group, with strong Business-Transformation experience and industry-leading clients in numerous sectors including public, manufacturing and financial services. The creation of Capgemini Consulting, which will have its own brand identity, is the result of the consolidation of its existing country-based consulting operations around the world, creating a global business unit of more than 4,000 consultants working in over 30 countries. The move is a response to increasing client demand for global reach and direct access to the breadth of consulting expertise across the Group, whether sector-specific or issue-related. In addition, the creation of this entity will enable Capgemini to further exploit the synergies between the Group’s different businesses.

Pierre-Yves Cros, Global head of Capgemini Consulting, stated: “In a downturn, organizations should not only focus on short-term management, but also on engaging necessary long-term transformation in order to emerge from the downturn stronger and well-prepared for when the economic climate improves.”

To better support its clients, Capgemini Consulting has formed three Global Practice Networks with specific offerings to help clients become more resilient in the downturn:

  • Strategy & Transformation, which helps clients adapt their strategy and business to radical shifts in the market and in their own organizations;
  • Operations Transformation, which optimizes clients’ business processes in the following areas: Marketing, Sales & Service (MSS), Finance & Employee Transformation (FET) and Supply Chain Management (SCM);
  • Technology Transformation, which aims to help COOs choose the right technology IT levers and CIOs, in their IT transformation programs.

Capgemini Consulting differentiates itself through a business-oriented approach which ensures a strong link between strategic thinking and delivery of results, and uses technology and forward-thinking methods to improve project implementation.

Based on its Business Transformation framework, Capgemini Consulting has developed a set of proprietary methods and tools that have been adapted to current client needs. For example:

  • Accelerated Solution Environments (ASE) and Visualization Techniques (3D design in particular) which help accelerate the decision-making and project-launch processes;
  • RApid INnovation centers (RAIN), used to accelerate the (re)design of the business by confronting clients with different business scenarios in real-time;
  • Social Networking tools and communities, which enable both direct collaboration between clients and the relevant Capgemini experts, and the creation of an internal platform where Capgemini consultants can develop their capabilities through global networking.

“Our new global perspective allows experience and best practices to be transferred freely across our network, which means that our approach is constantly being refined with new learning and innovative developments,” said Pierre- Yves Cros. “The combination of state-of-the-art methodologies, first-rate talent and an uncompromisingly fresh outlook brings our clients true value and tangible results.”

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Capgemini Australia wins new Oracle project

by Editor 4/6/2009 4:40:00 PM
Capgemini Australia has won a new Oracle project from Fonterra. Under the terms of the contract, Capgemini will implement the Transportation Management Solution (TMS) Now. TMS Now is an innovative solution developed by Capgemini and powered by Oracle that will help Fonterra improve visibility on the location, reduce delivery times of the items shipped, and improve overall efficiency.

The solution is based on Oracle® Transportation Management and has been prototyped, benchmarked and prepackaged in the Capgemini labs. The platform provides flexibility in the pricing and packaging of transportation management software, as well as the manner in which it is delivered.

“Fonterra’s commitment to exceeding its customers’ DIFOT (delivered in-full, on-time) expectations demanded an IT platform that enabled consistent, repeatable results and transactional visibility of the orderto- despatch-to-customer process,“ said Ian Raines, GM Supply Chain of Fonterra Brands Australia. ''The solution developed by Capgemini and Oracle will enable improved end-to-end supply chain collaboration and real-time responses to give Fonterra a competitive advantage. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution allows us to meet high ROI hurdle rates.”

The Fonterra project is a collaboration between Capgemini U.S. LLC and Capgemini Australia Pty Limited and will be implemented through a combination of a hosting framework based in the U.S. and delivery capabilities based in Melbourne.

Jan Richards – Foate, vice president, Capgemini Australia Pty Ltd said: “Capgemini’s collaboration with Oracle has resulted in a truly innovative solution model, which will help customers like Fonterra improve efficiency and reduce costs. In tandem with Oracle, we were able to address a key challenge in the pricing and packaging of transport management solutions, and our collaboration has resulted in a unique service offering.”

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Capgemini appoints eight vice presidents in North America

by Editor 4/3/2009 4:34:00 PM
Capgemini, a global leader in the consulting, outsourcing and technology services sector, has promoted eight people to vice president positions in North America. They are:
  • Chris Arroyo – Vice President, Technology Services, Finance 
  • Van Benton – Vice President, Americas Outsourcing Services 
  • Joe Coyle – Vice President, Technology Services, East 
  • George Fenn – Vice President, Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment 
  • Claude Hartridge – Vice President, Business Process Outsourcing 
  • Steven Lambert – Vice President, Consulting Services 
  • Layla Mocio – Vice President, Americas Outsourcing Services
  • Sriram Sampath – Vice President, Technology Services, East

Capgemini’s chief people officer Scott McMillan said: “These new executives, through their extraordinary dedication and collaborative spirit, have consistently demonstrated outstanding results and strong leadership in their respective parts of our business. These promotions reinforce Capgemini’s values of not only excelling in the areas of industry knowledge and exceptional delivery for our clients, but also having a focus on developing the next generation of leaders within our company.”

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