Atos Origin now certified in Run SAP Methodology

by Editor 12/22/2009 8:49:00 PM

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, has been certified by SAP AG as a provider of solution implementation based on the Run SAP methodology, the company said. Atos Origin is among the first Global SAP partners to be certified in the Run SAP methodology and will incorporate the methodology into its implementation standards.

“By adopting the Run SAP methodology into our own implementation standards, we are going beyond the vision of implementing the solutions required by our customers,” said Paul Bray, senior vice president and global head of SAP solutions at Atos Origin. “We are now providing our customers the proven methodology for managing their SAP applications through end-to-end solution operations standards. This will empower our customers to manage their SAP applications more efficiently and at a lower cost.”

Run SAP methodology is a phased methodology based on world-class knowledge. It provides 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.

“We applaud Atos Origin’s achievement as a global SAP services partner certified in the Run SAP methodology,” said Dr. Uwe Hommel, executive vice president of Active Global Support at SAP AG. “By adopting the end-to-end solution operations standards provided by the Run SAP methodology, Atos Origin will deliver to its customers a higher level of effectiveness and efficiency.”

Run SAP is an integral part of SAP Enterprise Support services, a holistic support model designed to enable continuous improvement and successful solution operations at lower risk and cost.

SAP customers will realize the benefits of operating with the end-to-end standards. SAP standards for solution operations are a prerequisite for the continuous improvement of SAP solution operations. Not only do they enable automation, reducing the cost of operations, but also improved traceability and an audit trail, helping companies to achieve cost efficiency, quality assurance and compliance enablement.

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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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SAP market improving, reports HCL Axon

by Editor 9/25/2009 4:07:00 PM
The demand for SAP services is growing stronger again, according to HCL Technologies' subsidiary HCL Axon. Axon president Steve Cardell tells CNBC-TV18, “In the SAP market, we have seen positive movement in financial services, retail and also some core entities like consumer and life sciences.”

Demand virtually disappeared in the first quarter, says Cardell, but things have definitely picked up again, especially in the SAP market. "What we have definitely seen in this quarter is many of those projects now come back into place. So it will take a little while for that to feed through into order book but we definitely see optimism in the market compared to the first quarter of this year.”

HCL Axon is looking to expand its IT consulting services by acquiring several specialized companies in different sectors in continental Europe and some of the emerging markets over the next two quarters. As Cardell tells Dow Jones Newswires, "We would be looking at acquiring companies which are working in financial services, enterprise reporting and life-sciences sectors." Axon is looking for acquisitions in the $50-100 million range.

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Axon acquires UCS' Enterprise Solutions division

by Editor 7/21/2009 5:00:00 PM
UK consulting firm Axon has bought the Enterprise Solutions unit of South Africa-based software company UCS for an initial R57m (GBP 4.35) in cash. If the Enterprise Solutions division is successful in meeting profit targets, the number could grow to R125m (GBP 9.5m). Both companies have strong ties with German business software developer SAP: HCL Axon specializes in SAP software, while Enterprise Solutions specializes in SAP implementation.

In spite of UCS' division's strong position in the South African market, the company believed that Enterprise Solutions could only achieve sustainable growth through a global partnership that would give it access to international clients and more skills. Axon fits the bill: the UK consultancy employs 4,500 SAP consultants around the globe.

Under the current deal, HCL Axon will get a bigger platform in South Africa, while UCS will be allowed to grow its international profits by providing maintenance services and support for a limited period of time. Some of the money from the deal could be used for future acquisitions, to fund UCS'organic growth.

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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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Accenture wins four 2009 SAP® Pinnacle Awards

by Editor 5/14/2009 3:44:00 PM
Global consulting, technology and outsourcing firm Accenture has won four 2009 SAP® Pinnacle Awards, making it a total of 18 SAP awards to date and confirming its position as one of SAP's leading strategic partners.

The SAP Pinnacle Awards recognize SAP partners who have excelled in developing their partner relationships with SAP and who provide quality products, solutions and services to SAP customers. Accenture accepted the awards at a ceremony in Orlando during the opening of SAP’s annual customer event, the SAPPHIRE® 2009 conference.

Accenture won in the following categories:

  • Collaborative Revenue Contribution Award – This award formally recognizes the recipient as SAP’s leading partner across the totality of its business. Accenture has now won this award for three consecutive years, reflecting Accenture’s ability to continue serving its long-standing clients while securing new market share.
  • SOA Thought Leadership, Service Partners – One of the most coveted technical awards presented at SAPPHIRE, this award recognizes the recipient’s strength and innovation in developing SAP solutions based on service-oriented architecture (SOA).
  • SOA Proof Points/Showcase Leadership, Service Partners – This award recognizes the recipient’s capabilities in developing enterprise services and securing a high number and quality of approved proof-point scenarios and business value reference submission
  • BusinessObjects Service Partner – This award recognizes the recipient’s pool of talent focused on business intelligence and the data landscape, including SAP NetWeaver® Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) and the SAP BusinessObjects™ portfolio of solutions.

The awards reflect Accenture’s three decades of experience bringing a business value-driven approach to systems integration.

“The strategic alliance between Accenture and SAP is a powerful force in the marketplace, with Accenture delivering SAP services and solutions to more than a thousand clients around the world in nearly every industry,” said Patrick Puechbroussou, managing director of Accenture’s SAP business. “We are particularly pleased to be recognized for our strengths in SOA and business intelligence, two areas where we apply the latest SAP technology to help organizations cultivate their own distinctive capabilities.”

“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,” said Zia Yusuf, executive vice president, Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP. “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 Accenture for their dedication and passion to teaming with SAP to help extend the value of a customer-focused ecosystem.”

For more details about the awards: www.accenture.com/sap  
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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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SAP names Deloitte 2008 BusinessObjects(TM) Global Alliance Partner of the Year

by Editor 3/25/2009 4:12:00 PM
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Software giant SAP has named Deloitte the 2008 BusinessObjects Global Alliance Partner of the Year, North America. Awards were granted by SAP America, Inc. and SAP Canada, Inc. at a special awards ceremony held on February 23 in San Diego at Partner Summit Americas 2009 to the top-performing SAP channel organizations and SAP BusinessObjects organizations in North America for outstanding contributions in revenue, marketing and customer service.

Deloitte is a market leader in Information Management consulting and implementation related services, covering strategy through implementation activities, with deep capabilities and service offerings in all of the relevant areas: Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Performance Management Technology, Master Data Management, Web Channel Solutions, Enterprise Content Management and governance, risk and compliance.

The Partner of the Year award celebrates the success of an initiative that began two years ago when Deloitte and SAP first expanded their long term alliance relationship and entered into a global agreement to collaborate in the development, marketing, selling and delivery of services and solutions to help clients in their efforts to improve governance, risk management and compliance. The collaboration has continually grown to include SAP's expanding portfolio of performance management and business intelligence offerings, most notably after SAP's acquisition of BusinessObjects in February 2008.

"By leveraging the full range of capabilities from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio and Deloitte's unique depth and breadth of skills and services in the information management arena we distinguish ourselves from the competition," said Jane Griffin, Deloitte Consulting LLP principal and leader of Deloitte's Information Management practice. "With solid relationships and strong collaboration, we will continue to leverage the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio to bring services and solutions to our clients to help them address their ever-demanding needs."

"The value of the Deloitte alliance to SAP cannot be understated. Deloitte has been a leading SAP BusinessObjects global alliance organization providing considerable value to both SAP and our customers," said Gord Breese, vice president, Global Service Partners, SAP BusinessObjects division. "Deloitte increased its focus on SAP BusinessObjects in 2008, which turned out to be an exceptional year as the alliance truly moved to the next level. Deloitte demonstrated leadership in providing world-class services and solutions to customers, in an effort to help them address their real-world business problems and improve their ROI."

The latest award builds on earlier successes. In May 2008, SAP recognized Deloitte with two SAP Pinnacle Awards for the same initiative. A key focus of the ongoing collaboration is on industry sector and functional offerings designed to help companies address their specific business needs. This includes investing in services and solutions designed to provide significant value to the customer, staying focused on their needs, and fostering continued growth of their professionals and capabilities in the business user arena.

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Capgemini and Logica to help Dutch military with materials management and logistics

by Editor 3/17/2009 3:44:00 PM
Consulting firms Capgemini and Logica have been given a follow-up assignment by the Dutch Ministry of Defense after they had completed the task that was part of teh Strategic Process and Enabled Reengineering program (SPEER). The new contract is worth tens of millions of euros.

The Dutch subsidiaries of Capgemini and Logica will expand the Ministry's SAP systems and redesign processes related to materials management and logistics and then translate the designs into a SAP-based system.

Capgemini and Logica will also train IVENT employees, who are in charge of the Ministry's IT organization functionality, to work with the SAP systems.

“The transformation and IT-program SPEER has an enormous impact on the Ministry of Defense’s organization,“ said Stanislas Cozon, Global Leader of public sector at Capgemini and Haye Mensonides, managing director Public Sector Logica in a joint statement. ''Therefore it can be counted as one of the major programs of the Dutch public sector.Capgemini and Logica are very proud of this follow-up assignment in the SPEER-program. We are looking forward to achieve yet another milestone together.”

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Innovation Value Institute announces launch of IT Capability Maturity Framework

by Editor 2/12/2009 2:09:00 PM
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The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) has announced the launch of the IT Capability Maturity Framework (IT-CMF).

The IT-CMF provides a concise management roadmap to optimize business value derived from IT investments. This unique framework has been proven to deliver greater business value from IT while reducing the complexity of IT choices for CIOs.

IVI is a consortium of leading industry, consulting, not-for-profit, and academic organizations that has been quietly developing and testing new ways to more firmly align IT investments with business results. Originally formed through a strong link between NUI Maynooth and Intel, the consortium's more than 30 members are among the world's leading companies such as The Boston Consulting Group, Microsoft, Chevron, SAP, Northrop Grumman, British Petroleum (BP), and Ernst & Young.

"This unique consortium brings together companies to solve structural problems in the IT industry and profession by sharing their collective knowledge," says Diane Bryant, CIO, Intel. The main issue CIOs face in today's recessionary climate is trying to derive greater demonstrable business value from IT spend amid tight IT budgets. While today's stark economic outlook makes optimizing IT's value a top priority, there currently is no integrated, standardized framework for making and evaluating investment decisions strategically from a holistic perspective at the corporate level.

The IT-CMF addresses this fundamental problem by providing an end-to-end integrated framework to help the CIO manage the complexities and tradeoffs required to continuously evolve the IT capability in an organization while delivering measurable value. The IT-CMF enhances the CIO's role at the boardroom level by transforming IT's delivered results into tangible value that is understood and agreed upon by both business and IT.

"IT must establish credibility before it takes a leadership position at the boardroom level," said Martin Curley, Professor of Technology and Business at NUI Maynooth and Global Director IT Innovation at Intel. "Companies typically invest one to five percent of revenue in IT, but without a way to measure and maximize the return from these investments, their IT organizations cannot move from cost centers to value centers."

For the first time, the IT-CMF provides an integrated roadmap that:

* Leverages the power of existing best practices

* Open Innovation: is being developed by a diverse consortium of academic and business leaders

* Is being tested in the real world at every stage of development

* An actionable approach that helps IT design, deliver and manage for business value

"I can't emphasize enough the value of the IT-CMF and how it can enable an IT organization to have intelligent, data-driven discussions with leadership and help solidify future plans," said Louie Ehrlich, CIO, Chevron.

The IT-CMF consists of a five-stage maturity model used to organize and structure a framework for mapping IT improvement efforts. The holistic approach of the IT-CMF is reflected by its four foundational macro processes:

1. Managing IT like a Business -- shifting the focus from technology and production to a focus on customers and services

2. Managing the IT Budget -- investing in innovative IT solutions that deliver better value and performance

3. Managing the IT Capability -- managing IT assets throughout the value chain and developing core competencies

4. Managing IT for Business Value -- linking IT investments to overall business benefits

In total, the IT-CMF identifies 36 core processes and categorizes them under these four dimensions to cover all activities in an IT department. An assessment of an IT organization's maturity across these 36 processes, together with comparisons to industry benchmarks and best practices, will highlight the company's key maturity gaps and value-creation opportunities. Using this overall framework, CIOs can help their department's transition from being perceived as a utility or technology supplier to a core competency of the firm that delivers and demonstrates optimized value from investments.

"I firmly believe that IVI is the most promising initiative in the IT world and will provide an industry standard to manage IT for business value," said Ralf Dreischmeier, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group. "BCG is excited to be part of the consortium and to help lead the IVI efforts."

Prof. John Hughes, President of NUI Maynooth, added, "The IT-CMF stands apart from all other proposed solutions because of its development by such a diverse consortium of the world's leading organizations. At every stage of development, the IT-CMF was tested in the real world with one of IVI's partners."

A number of core processes have now been tested by leading organizations including BP, Chevron, SAP, Northrop Grumman and Intel. Each participating organization has reported significant benefits in the optimization of IT and the overall business.

For more information, please visit: http://ivi.nuim.ie/ITCMF/news.

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