A story run on Avanade in last week's ARN has provoked a lot of interest among the integrator/developer community, with some Microsoft partners having a lot to say and others refusing to talk at all.
Ironically, rumour has it the partner most peeved by the imminent launch of Avanade is the one company trying desperately to keep its mouth shut - one of Microsoft's largest partners, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Apparently the boys at PwC aren't too keen on the vendor's decision to form a joint venture with one of PwC's main rivals (Accenture) to attack a market where PwC sits fairly comfortably.
In true corporate fashion, a PwC spokesperson refused to talk about Avanade, commenting only that: "PwC has a corporate policy not to speculate on rumour." When asked about its relationship with Microsoft, PwC's communications people prepared the following mind-blowing statement:
"Microsoft and Pricewaterhouse-Coopers have a strategic business relationship on a whole range of important initiatives and client engagements," he said. "Additionally, PricewaterhouseCoopers has one of the largest concentrations of Microsoft developers in Australia. As always, the client's needs will determine the specific companies with which an organisation chooses to work."
Hmmm . . . I smell some grade A marketing degrees with high distinctions in stating the bleeding obvious.