CAP GEMINI AND ORACLE TARGET TELECOMS - Leading European Systems Integrator Focuses on OracleŽ Portal-o-Go for the Wireless Market
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. and PARIS, Jan. 11, 2000 - http://www.oracle.com/tellmemore/?134008 Oracle Corp., the number one choice for e-business, and Cap Gemini, the leading European system integrator, today announced plans to jointly deliver integrated solutions for the telecom industry in Europe based on OracleŇ Portal-to-Go. Telecom operators will be able to draw upon Cap Geminis industry expertise to implement the first extension of the Internet and e-business to the wireless world. With Oracle Portal-to-Go, the only complete wireless portal solution, telecom providers will be able to reinvent themselves as wireless e-service providers, tapping into the full potential of this exploding market.
The two companies intend to develop, market, sell and implement products and services and provide collaborative solutions to joint clients. The two companies have established centers of expertise in Holland and France with additional centers planned in the US and Singapore. Additionally, Oracle and Cap Gemini will leverage their respective geographic strengths in response to the global need to implement wireless Internet solutions quickly and effectively.
"Ovum research shows that the ability to provide wireless Internet and e-commerce services is critical in an increasingly competitive market where traditional voice services are a commodity," said Eden Zoller, an Ovum consultant and co-author of a forthcoming report on wireless portals. "But this is only the first step. The real winners will be those operators that can turn these services into integrated, end-to-end solutions that are tailored to a customers particular needs."
"Industry research has shown the wireless data services market to be growing at an exponential rate," said Denise Lahey, vice president of Oracles Mobile and Embedded Products Division. "With the most advanced wireless carriers based in Europe and Cap Geminis extensive experience with mobile operators and telecom infrastructure, it makes perfect sense for Oracle to work with Cap Gemini to target this burgeoning market in the telecom arena. We expect this will drive the rapid adoption of Oracle Portal-to-Go in Europe and the U.S."
"Cap Gemini is strategically placed to accelerate the development of the wireless Internet around Oracle Portal-to-Go," said Alexandre Haeffner, president of Cap Gemini Telecom & Media. "With our extensive knowledge of the European market place in general and the wireless and Internet businesses in particular, Cap Gemini can bring the telecom industry into the competitive realm by showing it the way to innovative and powerful e-business applications and services based on Oracle."
About Oracle Portal-to-Go
Oracle Portal-to-Go is Internet software which enables virtually any wireless device to access any existing web or database application or content, including secure e-business applications. By extending Internet access beyond todays PC-based access points to the 305 million wireless handsets in use, Oracle Portal-to-Go opens the door to a rapidly expanding market that is three times larger than that of todays Internet. Combining Oracle Portal-to-Gos web, database and security features, wireless carriers can instantly become broad range e-commerce service providers. Oracle Portal-to-Go is standards based and highly-scaleable to meet the high-volume demand requirements of the telecommunications market.
About Cap Gemini Group
The Cap Gemini Group (CAPP.PA) combines the forces of Cap Gemini with Gemini Consulting to form one of the largest management consulting and systems integration companies in the world. Designing and delivering strategic change through ideas, people and technology, the Group provides implementation-focused business consultancy services and systems design, integration, and implementation. With a workforce of more than 40,000 located in Europe, the United States and the Far East, Cap Gemini Group recorded 1998 revenues exceeding 4 billion Euros.
The groups dedicated telecommunications unit, Cap Gemini Telecom & Media, serves the business consulting and information technology needs of many of the worlds largest telecommunications and media companies.
For more information about Cap Gemini Telecom & Media, please visit the telecommunications pages on the Cap Gemini Group website, at http://www.capgemini.com or send an email to [email protected]
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