Microsoft has joined consulting, technology and outsourcing services provider, Capgemini’s Cloud services program, expanding the global program and enabling organisations to take advantage of a broader range of Cloud services.

Microsoft is the first of several Cloud service providers to be included in Capgemini’s Cloud Choice, which is enabled through collaboration with a broad eco-system of Cloud partners and comprises a range of services including: business Cloud assessment and strategy, proof of concepts, migrating applications to the Cloud, Platform as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, Software as a Service, Business Process as a Service and cybersecurity.

The initiative ‘Capgemini Cloud Choice with Microsoft’ – is a set of services and offerings that focus on enabling Cloud-based business transformation and the implementation of business and technology solutions by using Microsoft’s Cloud technologies.

These services and offers from Capgemini will include Cloud Advisory, Managed Platform Services and applied integrated innovation that will help organisations become more agile and focus more strategically on their business operations.

‘Capgemini Cloud Choice with Microsoft’ will provide managed ‘as a service’ Cloud solutions tailored to industry needs, including its OneShare and SkySight solutions, as well as Capgemini industry-focused IP offerings.

The solutions encompass hybrid, public, hosted and private Cloud services using Azure and offer customers an integrated platform.

The initiative 'Capgemini Cloud Choise with Microsoft' is a new set of services and offerings focused on enabling cloud-based business transformation using Microsoft's cloud technologies. ‘Capgemini Cloud Choice with Microsoft’ will provide managed ‘as a service’ cloud solutions tailored to industry needs.

As part of the offering, Capgemini will also align activities with ISVs and start-ups to create new ways of delivering integrated solutions.

Capgemini Group Global chief technology officer, Lanny Cohen, claimed the ‘as a service’ model will enable enterprises to have increased control over software upgrades and to have more time to focus on driving business transformation.

In addition, Cohen said new ventures and start-ups will also benefit from the offering as they will become a focal point for integrating new innovative technologies into the Capgemini solutions portfolio.

“The benefits of flexible, as-a-service computing power have changed the market dynamics of every industry, but the key is being able to exploit them. Many industries still face challenges with the adoption of Cloud technology and workload migration and need support to define their Cloud policies, compliance environment and organisation structure to drive business performance.

“This is a requirement not just for large enterprises but also for start-ups and new market entrants who are moving swiftly to harness cloud technology,” Cohen said.

Microsoft Cloud and enterprise executive vice-president, Scott Guthrie, mentioned the company is excited to extend its partnership with Capgemini.

“Working together we’ll provide customers with the guidance, support and technology solutions they need to accelerate business transformation using the Cloud,” Guthrie added.

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