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Nov 03, 2010


Under the alliance, Capgemini aims to support its account managers, project leaders and architects with their Open Source queries. Importantly, it showcases Capgemini’s belief in Open Source.

Capgemini positions Open Source as a brand next to Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and IBM and is offering a Total Open Source Stack.

Speaking on the unique alliance, Leo Cardinaals, Capgemini’s Open Source Alliance Manager, said, “The alliance showcases Capgemini’s vision for Open Source. After all, Open Source is mature, more innovative, at times has better quality and is at the least equal to proprietary solutions. The alliance brings together best-of-breed vendors that would enable customers to leverage a platform where these vendors are collaborating best with each other. It is a full-fledged alliance with an end-to-end proposition. This includes consultancy, support and maintenance (on-site, remote or outsourced).”

The six vendors in the alliance are: Hippo, Ingres, Pentaho, Red Hat, SugarCRM, and Zarafa. Commenting on the alliance, Gertjan Vaessen, SI Sales Manager Benelux at Red Hat, said: “We are delighted to join the alliance alongside other leading open source companies under Capgemini’s umbrella. The Total Open Source Stack will deliver enhanced enterprise-class open source solutions to end customers who want to avoid proprietary lockins and deploy a more flexible infrastructure. Building on our successful co-operation with Capgemini, we believe this joint solution represents a great opportunity to tap into new markets in the Netherlands.”

“In the near future, Capgemini also has plans of making unique offerings with individual partners or a combination of them,” adds Leo Cardinaals.

Jeroen Verberg, CEO Hippo: “These excellent commercial open source products combined with the business know-how of Capgemini is a winning strategy for any size customer. “

Larry Augustin, CEO SugarCRM: “As the world's leading provider of open source customer relationship management, we are pleased to welcome Capgemini as a consulting partner,” said Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM. “Capgemini’s commitment to open source is a testament to their providing the best possible technology solutions for their customers.”

Richard Daley, CEO Pentaho: "As the open source business intelligence and data integration leader,Pentaho is pleased to join CapGemini's alliance of open source vendors," said Richard Daley, Founder and CEO of Pentaho Inc. "The combination of leading open source technologies and CapGemini's business domain and services expertise provides an unmatched high value, low cost solution for enterprises. Open source software adoption rates continue to grow rapidly throughout the Netherlands and we are excited to work closely with CapGemini to provide trusted, high-value solutions that meets the needs of public and private organizations throughout the country."

Steve Shine, EVP Worldwide Operations of Ingres: "We are honored to be selected as part of Capgemini Open Source
Alliance. The initiative is another huge step towards highlighting the benefits of open source software," said Steve Shine, EVP Worldwide Operations of Ingres. "The Ingres Vectorwise solution provides extremely fast queries on a single server which enable companies to make decisions at the speed of thought without having to spend millions on infrastructure."

Brian Joseph, CEO and founder of Zarafa: “Zarafa sees many of its ecosystem partners represented by this Open Source Alliance. We fully trust that customers will benefit from this single point of contact.”

Gertjan Vaessen, SI Sales Manager Benelux at Red Hat: “We are delighted to join the alliance alongside other leading open source companies under Capgemini’s umbrella. The Total Open Source Stack will deliver enhanced enterprise-class open source solutions to end customers who want to avoid proprietary lockins and deploy a more flexible infrastructure. Building on our successful co-operation with Capgemini, we believe this joint solution represents a great opportunity to tap into new markets in the Netherlands.”

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