12/15/2003 - With the global economy in a cautious upswing, companies are anxious to ensure that they can continue to drive innovation and business models to capitalize on the growing market and to gain new business in 2004. BearingPoint and Fujitsu Siemens Computers unveiled an alliance designed to help customers maximize technology to enhance their specific business model. A December 2004 IDC study concludes that most IT providers need to understand how to solve their customers high-priority issues, provide solutions that meet these needs while helping the customer to understand how to use them. (IDC Insight: Predictions 2004) This alliance joins BearingPoint’s excellent knowledge of vertical markets and complex project management expertise with the broad IT infrastructure experience and offerings of Fujitsu Siemens Computers. Together, the companies have the skills to deliver outstanding IT solutions to their customers. The System Integrator relationship, reaching across Europe, Middle East and Africa, will enable fast development of proof of concept through to implementation of solutions for customers.
“Most companies have spent the better part of 2002 and 2003 continuing to gain cost efficiency,” said Bernd Bischoff, Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Services, Fujitsu Siemens Computers. “2004 will be about providing solutions that are smarter and more effective to help customers focus on innovation to gain competitive advantage, and this basis of the alliance with BearingPoint.”
Implementing critical IT projects requires deep customer knowledge, an understanding of critical business issues facing businesses as well as skill, knowledge and experience in both technical aspects and business process. In developing this alliance, BearingPoint and Fujitsu Siemens Computers used their experience to focus on demonstrated methods designed to increase innovation and reduce customer risk in addition to the classic need to increase productivity gains and cost efficiency.
“We are looking forward to team with Fujitsu Siemens Computers to provide IT solutions which help our customers to gain ROI and improve efficiency and cost reduction,” said Michael J. Donahue, Chief Operating Officer, BearingPoint.
To illustrate, the move to mobility solutions for customers is driven by the need to interact more closely and more frequently with customers. Being mobile involves more than implementing mobile devices into an IT infrastructure. The future of mobile business requires full understanding of the customer business and needs, how and where employees need to work and how to best maintain customer contact all while keeping data secure. A jointly developed mobile solution was presented on the SAP Microsoft Congress in Berlin and the annual Fujitsu Siemens Computers OCTOBERFESTival in Augsburg.
“Our alliance with Fujitsu Siemens Computers will concentrate on delivering IT expertise in areas like SAP, IT consolidation and Mobile Solutions where both companies have core competencies and experience,” added Uwe Achterholt, Vice President of BearingPoint and in charge for the alliance with Fujitsu Siemens Computers.
The alliance is mainly structured to provide customers innovative solutions. It will also allow both parties to resell each other’s products and services, offer joint training and customer seminars, which is expected to provide business growth for both companies. In addition, the alliance will be supported through joint marketing and communications activities. The alliance starts with the organizations in Germany in December 2003 and will roll out to the other EMEA countries throughout 2004.
About Fujitsu Siemens Computers
Fujitsu Siemens Computers is Europe’s leading IT company with a strategic focus on next-generation Mobility and Business Critical Computing products, services and solutions. With a portfolio of exceptional depth, its offering extends from handhelds through desktops to enterprise-class infrastructure solutions. The company has a strong presence in all key markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Leveraging the strengths, innovative drive and global reach of its joint shareholders, Fujitsu Limited and Siemens AG, Fujitsu Siemens Computers meets the needs of large corporations, small and medium enterprises and private users. For further please visit:: www.fujitsu-siemens.com
BearingPoint GmbH is a subsidiary of BearingPoint, Inc. (NYSE: BE), one of the world’s largest business consulting, systems integration and managed services firms serving Global 2000 companies, medium-sized businesses, government agencies and other organizations. We provide business and technology strategy, systems design, architecture, applications implementation, network infrastructure, systems integration and managed services. Our service offerings are designed to help our clients generate revenue, reduce costs and access the information necessary to operate their business on a timely basis. Based in McLean, Va., BearingPoint has been named by Fortune as one of America’s Most Admired Companies in the computer and data services sector. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.bearingpoint.de.
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