Crystal Decisions, a provider of business intelligence software and services, announced an alliance agreement with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young US LLC (CGE&Y), an independent management and IT consulting organizations. The strategic partnership is based on a collective 20 years of business intelligence (BI) experience and will encompass joint product development, co-marketing and reseller capabilities. As part of the agreement, CGE&Y will maintain a core team of consultants certified in Crystal Decisions products and proactively market joint solutions to its customers.

"We are excited to form this important new alliance with Crystal Decisions," said Brian J. Queenin, vice president and global leader of the CGE&Y Business Intelligence practice. "We have had great success in our previous BI engagements with Crystal Decisions and we are looking forward to greatly expanding the relationship. By teaming with Crystal Decisions, we can provide our customers with the top-notch BI solutions they need to improve their performance and race ahead of the competition."

The new alliance will help expose a broader range of organizations to the power of Crystal Decisions' enterprise reporting solutions. Together, Crystal Decisions and CGE&Y are rolling out the BI Index to customers globally. The BI Index is a jointly developed solution that shows organizations where they stand in terms of their BI readiness and integration. Customers are taken through a six-step process to help them define, predict and measure the value of a proposed BI initiative. Additionally, they learn how to effectively leverage analytical, reporting and predictive capabilities across their organizations and monitor their return on investment through a built-in ROI calculator.

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