EDS, Accenture and others to sell Microsoft’s online services

by Editor 4/28/2009 4:41:00 PM
Microsoft revealed on Monday that EDS, a Hewlett-Packard unit, IT consulting firm Accenture, and other information technology companies have agreed to help sell its collection of hosted online services – the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite – which Microsoft originally launched in November.

The products are hosted in Microsoft’s data centres. They include Exchange, SharePoint, Office Communications Server and Live Meeting.

Wortell, a Dutch system integrator and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, said it liked Microsoft’s services because they made it possible for them to achieve higher sales, as well as reach clients who for different reasons can't invest in building their own computing infrastructure.

Wortell CTO Danny Burlage said: “For us, (it) means that we don't have to worry about infrastructure. It allows us to focus on what's really important.”

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Hitachi Consulting buys UK IT consulting firm

by Editor 4/14/2009 4:29:00 PM
Hitachi Consulting, a global IT strategies and solutions leader, has announced the acquisition of Edenbrook Ltd., a UK-based information technology consulting firm that specializes in delivering Oracle and Microsoft solutions.

Hitachi Consulting, based in Tokyo, Japan, has been active on the European market since 2006. It has offices in London, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon and Frankfurt. The firm previously acquired London-based management consulting firm Impact Plus in April 2007.

Founded in 2001, the UK IT consulting firm helps businesses implement advanced programs to improve efficiency. It is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and an Oracle Certified Advantage Partner. The firm’s clients include Virgin Media, BUPA, Lloyds TSB, easyJet and Whitbread. David Kilpatrick, Managing Director of Edenbrook, said: “Joining with Hitachi Consulting is an important milestone in the development of our business, allowing us to offer greater breadth and depth of capability to both our existing clients and the wider market place. Through Hitachi Consulting’s strength in the United States, Europe and Asia, we can now also serve better the global needs of our clients.”

Mr. Kilpatrick, who has 19 years’ experience in the IT consulting industry, and was previously at Oracle UK, will become Managing Vice President of Hitachi Consulting in the UK.

“This expansion demonstrates Hitachi Consulting’s ongoing commitment to serving clients across Europe with strategic service,” said Ismael Fernandez de la Mata, Chief Operating Officer for Hitachi Consulting Europe.

“We are excited about the addition of great consultants, clients and capabilities in the UK to better service our joint clients and the market,” said David Bailey, current Hitachi Consulting-UK Managing Vice President, who will move on to an international development role for Hitachi Consulting. “With more than 300 consultants now in the UK and 50 in an associated offshore delivery centre in Pune, India, Hitachi Consulting is well positioned to serve both our UK based clients and the needs of our global clients in the USA, Asia and Europe, when linking our consulting and solution delivery capabilities around the globe.”

Hitachi Consulting President and CEO Phil Parr added: “Now that our business in Europe is well established, adding the proven capabilities of Edenbrook is the next critical step in our growth plan. Investing at this time, in a difficult economic environment, underlines our commitment to serving our consulting client base, placing us in a strong position in the consulting industry globally.”

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