Capgemini: Open Source Support from Blue Chip Outfit
December 31, 2010
With the rush of newly minted consultants, I often lose track of the big outfits. Capgemini does qualify as a blue chip. Its status was cemented when the original Booz, Allen & Hamilton succumbed to internal squabbling. With the management consulting business operating under the rubric Booz & Co. and the government and technical services unit dubbed Booz Allen, a new mid tier outfit was birthed. The IPO cemented the mid tier status of the technical and services unit. One beneficiary was Capgemini, essentially a French outfit with worldwide operations.
I learned in the Hippo newsletter that:
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today announced that one of its Dutch subsidiaries, Capgemini Nederland B.V. (“Capgemini”), has entered into an open alliance with six Open Source vendors in the Netherlands. The unique alliance, comprising six best-of-breed vendors, is aimed at providing a single point of contact for Capgemini’s customers who are using Open Source.
Who are the partners?
The move is definitely an indication that a blue chip outfit thinks open source is going to be of interest to certain companies, prospects, and clients in 2011. I am confident that the low-tier and mid-tier consulting firms will rush to say, “We are open source experts too.” Maybe.
What’s clear to me is that Capgemini seems to have an open source practice and some focus, not marketing baloney. Worth watching. It seems to me that Capgemini may need to fill a gap in search unless search does not look like a particularly robust billing area.
Stephen E Arnold, December 31, 2010