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Capgemini Enters into Open Source Alliance

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Utrecht, the Netherlands, November 26, 2010 – 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.

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: Zarafa, Red Hat, Hippo, Ingres, Pentaho and SugarCRM. “Commenting on the alliance, Brian Joseph, CEO at Zarafa, said: “Zarafa is delighted to join the Capgemini Open Source Alliance which represents many of our ecosystem partners. We fully trust that customers in public and private organizations will benefit from this single point of contact.”

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

NOTES FOR EDITORS

About Capgemini

Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working, the Collaborative Business Experience. The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to get the right balance of the best talent from multiple locations, working as one team to create and deliver the optimum solution for clients. Present in more than 30 countries, Capgemini reported 2009 global revenues of EUR 8.4 billion and employs over 100,000 people worldwide. More information is available at www.capgemini.com
Rightshore® is a trademark belonging to Capgemini

Capgemini Press Contact:

Madelon Kaspers

Tel.: +31 (0)30 68 96 203

Email:madelon.kaspers@capgemini.com

ABOUT ZARAFA

Zarafa is among the fastest growing commercial groupware companies in Europe with a strong commitment to the Open Source development model. The company is headquartered in Delft, The Netherlands. The other offices in Stuttgart, Hannover and Belo Horizonte (Brazil) provide local sales and support to more than 150 partners and thousands of customers worldwide.

Zarafa is named after an African giraffe to underscore that the Zarafa is, like a giraffe, head and shoulders above its competitors.
Our core product is the Zarafa Collaboration Platform (ZCP), the European open and compatible groupware platform that can be used as a drop-in Microsoft Exchange replacement for email, calendaring, collaboration and tasks.
Learn more: http://www.zarafa.com. Follow Zarafa on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/zarafagroupware.

Zarafa Press Contact
Zarafa International
Mirjam Scholtes, Communication & PR Manager
Tel: +31 (0)15 2517710, M: +31 (0)6 55114984
Email: m.scholtes@zarafa.com

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