Capgemini UK plc praised by Microsoft at Worldwide Partner Conference 2005

| Press release

Capgemini UK plc (Capgemini) wins sales and marketing partner of the year in the Information Worker category

Finalist in Information worker category for Technical Innovation

The world’s biggest software corporation has rewarded Capgemini’s achievements at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2005. Capgemini is recognised as the sales and marketing partner of the year in the Information Worker category. Moreover, Capgemini’s strategic partnership with the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has won praise from the client, the IT industry and Microsoft - the Defence Electronic Commerce Service (DECS) collaboration programme reached the finals of Microsoft’s Information Worker category for Technical Innovation.

The DECS collaboration programme is the MOD’s preferred corporate solution for enabling collaborative working between the MOD and the wider defence industry. It runs with a host of Microsoft software including Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and .NET. DECS was designed and built in response to the British government’s plan to make all of its services available for both the public and private sectors by the end of 2005. Half-way through a highly successful ten-year partnership, Capgemini and the MOD have already reached some significant milestones with introductions of new technologies. Microsoft has been impressed and decided to award Capgemini this latest accolade.

Eddie Short, Capgemini Vice President, and sponsor of the joint Information Worker solution, said:

“This is a remarkable achievement for the joint Capgemini and MOD management team. It is extremely tough to reach the Microsoft Information Worker finals, which are open to projects around the globe. The DECS collaboration programme was recognised as one of the leading solutions in the Information Worker space - one of Microsoft’s key offerings. This endorsement from Microsoft represents collaborative working at its best using the latest innovative technology to deliver tangible value.”

Leading market analyst IDC has published a detailed report on the Capgemini/Microsoft alliance. Called ‘Creating value through partnering’, it describes the excellent cultural fit of the two companies and explains how our relationship has developed to become what it is today.

The DECS web site http://www.d2btrade.com/, built by Capgemini, has more details on the programme.

For more information, please contact

Tom Barton
Media relations manager
Capgemini
Tel: 0870 238 2491
tom.barton@capgemini.co.uk

About the Capgemini Group
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing services, has a unique way of working with its clients, which it calls the Collaborative Business Experience. Through commitment to mutual success and the achievement of tangible value, the company helps businesses implement growth strategies, leverage technology, and thrive through the power of collaboration. Capgemini employs approximately 60,000 people worldwide and reported 2004 global revenues of 6.3 billion euros.

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