Microsoft has teamed with systems integration firm Cambridge Technology Partners in a global initiative to offer pre-packaged computing solutions based on Microsoft's enterprise software.
Under the terms of the strategic alliance, the companies will jointly develop technology and service packages that allow businesses to more easily deploy platforms for electronic commerce, data warehousing investment trading and customer retention.
Cambridge will also help customers develop and deploy customised applications using Microsoft COM+ technology and the Microsoft Visual Studio development system, the firms said.
Cambridge, which is based in the US, will build a team of 1000 Microsoft certified systems engineers and solutions developers around the world to help businesses deploy new computer systems. The systems integrator will get help from Microsoft Consulting Services and the Microsoft Premier Support organisation, which will offer direct Microsoft support to clients during the projects.
Cambridge has 4300 employees and offices in about 20 countries in Europe, the Americas, Australia, India and Japan.