Capgemini and VMware collaborate for enterprise mobility

Capgemini is teaming up with VMware to bundle its consulting and mobile services with VMware’s MDM capabilities

Systems integrator Capgemini is teaming up with virtualisation and cloud provider VMware. The company wants to bundle its consulting and mobile services with VMware’s mobile device management capabilities, including its AirWatch EMM software.

As part of the deal, Capgemini will offer VMware’s mobile technologies as part of its mobile services portfolio.

Mobile device management (MDM) specialist AirWatch provides organisations with an EMM solution to manage virtually all mobile devices, across all major mobile platforms and for various deployment types in the mobile and BYOD-centric (Bring Your Own Device)world

The software helps IT navigate the complexities of securely protecting and segregating data and associated user support for enterprises, according to VMware.

While AirWatch will provide enterprise workers with a centralised console to easily access content and applications from any device, Capgemini will provide enterprises with end-to-end services including mobile strategy, mobile development, and managed mobility, which can be tailored to specific industry sectors.

In January, VMware bought the MDM specialist for $1.5bn to boost its end-user computing offering. "Our vision is to provide a secure virtual workspace that allows users to work at the speed of life," Sanjay Poonen, general manager of VMware's end-user computing group said at the time of the acquisition.

Some of AirWatch’s European customers include Ted Baker London, Air France, Renault, UBM and Pentland, along with UK public sector organisations such as NHS Nottinghamshire, NHS Informatics Merseyside and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue.

VMware already has a partnership with Capgemini in the virtualisation and enterprise cloud space. As part of the new expanded collaboration, Capgemini will help organisations build and deploy applications around AirWatch system administration, helpdesk support, mobile platform implementation, mobile application administration and AirWatch deployment.

It will also provide extended services, such as BYOD, including best practices and training, managed mobility strategy (as-a-service per device per month), MDM migrations, customer application development and data analytics.

Fernando Alvarez, senior vice-president and head of the Mobile Solutions at Capgemini, said: “The end-user computing market is rapidly growing, and enterprise mobility use and concerns around secure content and data management are increasing, as users have access to an ever increasing number of applications and content on their devices.

“The Capgemini Managed Mobility Services offering powered by VMware, addresses an important demand from CXOs and digital leaders as mobility moves increasingly higher up in terms of technology priorities.”

The expanded collaboration comes as enterprises worldwide look for innovative ways to enable their users to work at the speed of life – across all devices, said Poonen. 

Capgemini will enable VMware reach enterprise infrastructure customers and also setup associated managed services across its Workspace Suite.

The bundling of the services will be designed to match users’ business needs including a single monthly capital model or operating expense across a multi-year term.

The initial go-to-market focus will be on cloud solution models offered as off-premise hosted options or on-premise cloud models for global companies across North America, EMEA, Latin America and APAC. Capgemini will provide enterprise mobility and organisational change management with vertical industry expertise, such as in consumer products, retail, healthcare, utilities and financial services, while AirWatch will bring its EMM capabilities, VMware said.

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