Business Objects, the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, announced an expanded alliance agreement with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young US LLC (CGE&Y), a member firm of one of the world's largest independent management and IT consulting organizations. The strategic alliance will encompass joint product development, co-marketing and reseller capabilities worldwide. CGE&Y will also expand its team of consultants certified in Business Objects products and as part of the agreement, proactively market joint solutions to its customers.
The new alliance provides a powerful endorsement by CGE&Y for the successful completion of the Business Objects acquisition of Crystal Decisions. CGE&Y has a long history of working together with both Business Objects and Crystal Decisions. The expanded relationship with CGE&Y will build upon these alliances to help provide the industry-leading business intelligence solutions from Business Objects to a broader range of customer organizations around the world.
"The business intelligence market is one of the fastest growing segments of enterprise software," said Brian J. Queenin, vice president and global leader of the CGE&Y Business Intelligence practice. "By partnering with Business Objects, we have the opportunity to work directly with the world's leading provider of enterprise business intelligence solutions. We have had great success in our previous business intelligence engagements with both Business Objects and Crystal Decisions, and we are looking forward to greatly expanding the relationship as we move forward with our alliance agreement with the new Business Objects. Together, we will provide the breadth of business intelligence solutions our customers require to track, understand, and manage their enterprise performance."
In March 2003, CGE&Y and Crystal Decisions joined forces to launch the Business Intelligence Index. The BI Index is a jointly developed solution that helps organizations understand their existing information business model, business intelligence maturity and competitive positioning. In addition, it helps companies define their strategic options, start a roadmap for BI optimization across their organizations, and monitor their return on investment through a built-in ROI calculator. CGE&Y also had an existing alliance with Business Objects to help customers take full advantage of the enhanced enterprise analytic applications and improved web functionality of BusinessObjects Enterprise 6, the industry's leading suite of query, analysis and performance management products.
"We are excited about this alliance agreement with CGE&Y, especially as it is based on a series of successful customer wins and the creation of a common go-to-market strategy around the BI Index," said Bernard Liautaud, chairman and CEO of Business Objects. "The combination of CGE&Y's domain expertise with our technology will provide companies with a solid foundation to maximize their return on data investments as they use business intelligence to deliver cost savings and improve enterprise performance."
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