Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Oracle have agreed to promote Oracle 9i Application Server and Database solutions internationally.
The agreement includes 13 Oracle 9i demonstration centres based in Cap Gemini offices around the world, staffed by both companies. The cost of the centres will be "in seven figures" and are being funded equally by the two companies, said Joseph Thomas, global Oracle alliance leader at Cap Gemini.
The companies will develop repeatable blueprints or templates of system architectures for different industry segments, and will use the demo centres to show potential customers how these can work.
Too often, computer infrastructure is built from the hardware up with software considered last, said John McLevy, vice president of enterprise technology for Oracle in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
In its work with CapGemini, Oracle hoped to turn that around so that software is the basis of any system designed for joint customers.
"Good architectural practice is critical in IT, when it comes to reducing costs and making more adaptive solutions. CIOs today are wanting to cut their costs by 30% 40% immediately, and good architectural practice is essential for that," McLevy said.
Oracle and Cap Gemini will announce two major customers in the near future, Thomas said.
Gillian Law writes for IDG News Service