Capgemini to setup Microsoft Azure Center of Excellence in Mumbai

Capgemini and Microsoft have come together to deploy Windows Azure based solutions in 22 countries and setup a dedicated Center of Excellence in Mumbai.

Capgemini and Microsoft will be providing cloud computing solutions based on Microsoft's Windows Azure platform globally.

The two companies have signed a deal to bring together Capgemini's consultancy expertise and Microsoft Windows Azure. The arrangement between the companies will include Capgemini working closely on training and deploying Windows Azure for partners in 22 countries. The initial focus of the deal is on US, Canada, UK, France, Belgium, Brazil and Netherlands. Capgemini will be targeting projects and clients in financial services, energy & utilities and the public sector.

The deal between the two companies is strategic for Microsoft. Windows Azure now becomes the default choice for Capgemini's cloud based project implementations, at the same time, Capgemini will also be driving the ecosystem around Azure. As part of the deal, Capgemini will train 1,500 architects and developers globally and setup a Windows Azure Center of Excellence (CoE) in Mumbai. This is Microsoft's second Center of Excellence in India. In late 2010, Microsoft and Mahindra Satyam came together to setup a Windows Azure CoE to help Mahindra Satyam's enterprise customers migrate to the cloud. Capgemini's Azure CoE will be an offshore facility for the company dedicated to working on Azure.

The cloud computing market is seeing rapid growth and competition globally and in India. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) launched their indigenous cloud computing solution - iON for small and medium businesses in India. Mahindra Satyam and Capgemini's CoE will position both companies to be active players in market. According to numbers from the company back in February, Windows Azure has 31,000 customers. Microsoft has been rolling out a strong suite of online tools for the enterprise. At their recently held Worldwide Partner Conference 2011, Microsoft announced that an update to the online version of the popular Dynamics CRM is expected by end-2011. Cloud versions of Microsoft Project and Visio will be introduced as part of Office 365 soon.