Compaq's Global Services division and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young announced Monday that they would join together to provide worldwide consulting and systems integration services to companies that do business on the Internet.
The two will work together to help companies implement CRM (customer relationship management) and electronic-procurement software. The initiative will also address company issues such as bandwidth, scalability and network and security concerns.
The partnership arose out of the past successes Compaq has had working with Cap Gemini, said Ashok Shah, vice president worldwide of Compaq Global Services. Businesses will be attracted to the services because the "total knowledge of both (Compaq and Cap Gemini)" will be brought to bear, he said.
Shah described the announcement as a "major first" in the services area, saying such offerings have previously been available locally, but never on such a broad scale globally.
Initially, systems offered will be based on Oracle's Internet Procurement and E-Business Suite software packages and will run on Compaq's computers using Windows 2000, Tru64 Unix and Open VMS-based computers, available immediately.
Though the partners are currently targeting only e-businesses, they will expand to financial services and telecommunications companies in the future, according to a statement. Though no firm dates were available, plans are "in the works," Shah said.