Oracle, CGEY sign development agreement

Cap Gemini Ernst & Young BV (CGEY) and Oracle have agreed to jointly promote Oracle 9i Application Server and Database solutions internationally, the companies said Thursday.

The agreement includes 13 Oracle 9i demonstration centers based in CGEY offices around the world, staffed by both companies. The centers will cost "in seven figures" and are being funded equally by the two companies, Joseph Thomas, global Oracle alliance leader at CGEY said.

The companies will develop repeatable blueprints or templates of system architectures for different industry segments, and will use the demo centers to show potential customers how these can work, he said.

Too often, computer infrastructure is built from the hardware up with software considered last, John McLevy, vice president of enterprise technology for Oracle in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) said Thursday.

Working together with CGEY, Oracle hopes to turn that around so that software is the basis of any system designed for joint customers, he said.

"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 percent, 40 percent immediately and good architectural practice is essential for that," McLevy said.

Oracle and CGEY will announce two major customers in the near future, Thomas said.

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