New York, and Redmond, Wash. (ots-PRNewswire) - Jointly Developed
Windows 2000-based E-Business Offering Accelerates Development,
Integration and Deployment of Dot.com Business Solutions.
KPMG Consulting LLC, a leading Internet integration services
company, announced today that, together with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:
MSFT), it is launching a new program for e-business driven customers.
The program offers a streamlined approach to the development,
integration and deployment of dot.com business solutions and provides
support and development capabilities based on the Microsoft(R)
Windows(R) 2000 operating system, the foundation for the Microsoft
Business Internet initiative. The announcement comes as Microsoft
gears up for its worldwide launch of Windows 2000 on February 17.
KPMG Consulting will hire 500 professionals over the next 18 months
who will be dedicated to a newly formed practice called the
"Microsoft Dot.com practice."
KPMG Consulting's Microsoft Dot.com practice delivers an
end-to-end solution suite based on a comprehensive "Dot.com Roadmap"
that addresses every phase of an e-business implementation, from
strategy and planning to implementation and support. Together, the
"Dot.com Roadmap" and the Windows 2000 platform can enable customers
to address some of their most critical e-business requirements,
including scalability, reliability, interoperability with other
internal and external business systems, faster time to market, and
lower total cost of ownership. KPMG Consulting will also create a
KPMG and Microsoft co-branded Collaborative Development Lab that
would allow customers to work directly with KPMG and Microsoft
consultants to rapidly develop, integrate and deploy advanced and
highly scalable and reliable dot.com businesses that take advantage
of the Windows 2000 platform and the Microsoft Business Internet
The wide range of solutions that the two companies are making
available include strategy, branding, creative design, Web technology
integration, marketing and dot.com hosting services. Customers can
outsource the hosting and management of their applications, if
desired. The full range of these services will be delivered on a
global basis, enabling rapid implementations for both domestic and
internationally focused dot.com businesses.
"The whole focus of this initiative is to accelerate the time to
value proposition for customers by enabling complete dot.com business
implementations on the Microsoft Windows 2000 platform in two to six
months using the latest Web technologies, tools and strategies," says
Robin Hill, senior vice president, KPMG Consulting's Microsoft
Dot.com Practice. "With our capabilities and experience in rapidly
implementing dot.coms and the Windows 2000 platform as the foundation
for the Dot.com program, we are offering an end-to-end, integrated
solution that is reliable and scalable. This positions us well to
deliver this new capability to a broad spectrum of customers in the
growing global e-business space. Microsoft has contributed an
exceptional level of support and vision to this initiative, and we
believe that KPMG Consulting and Microsoft are uniquely suited to
collaborate on this effort."
Stephen B. Lane, Research Director, Professional Services, the
Aberdeen Group, Inc. comments, "Going forward, success in e-Business
will depend not only on being first to market, it will also require
sound business practices and IT infrastructures that can scale.
What's noteworthy about KPMG Consulting's Microsoft Dot.com practice
is that it combines such business expertise and an approach to
building scalable Window 2000-based infrastructures along with the
focus on time to market that has characterized e-Business services up
to this point."
KPMG Consulting's new Microsoft Dot.com practice incorporates
Microsoft's complete suite of leading software solutions and services
with a collaborative development lab in which customers and a
dedicated team of e-business consultants can work together on the
rapid development and deployment of Windows 2000-based dot.com
"We are pleased to expand our alliance with KPMG to enable
customers to take advantage of a comprehensive Dot.com roadmap that
covers every phase of e-business implementation," said Peter Boit,
vice president, eBusiness Solutions Group at Microsoft. "The winning
combination of KPMG Consulting's proven business and technology
knowledge and the Windows 2000 platform enables faster time to
market, accurate delivery of dot.com businesses and the flexibility
and reliability to grow quickly. Customers are able to start taking
advantage of this initiative today, which is further evidence of our
commitment to making the Internet a practical reality for dot.com
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