Capgemini Teams with Sogeti on Enhanced Testing Services

Innovative, business-driven Quality Assurance and Testing Services to help organizations gain maximum efficiency from their IT systems and achieve business goals

PARIS, February 25, 2010 – Capgemini and Sogeti (Capgemini Group subsidiary), today announced the joint launch of an enhanced portfolio of software Testing Services. Combining the assets and expertise of both companies, this move will create one of the largest dedicated testing practices in the industry, supported by over 6,400 test specialists globally and up to 11,000 further applications specialists, across over 30 countries.  Capgemini and Sogeti’s dedicated Testing Services will offer best-in-class testing solutions, combining Sogeti’s proven methodology, industry partnerships and reputation as one of the market leaders in testing, together with Capgemini’s deep sector expertise, global reach, offshore delivery capacity, and track record as a trusted consultative test partner for its clients. Capgemini and Sogeti have also created a new ‘Testing Center of Excellence’ in India, with 2,100 dedicated testers offshore.

Organizations are increasingly reliant on launching new technologies and applications quickly in order to successfully deliver new products and services to the end-user. As a result, software testing is one of the fastest growing segments in the IT services market, and could be worth more than $11.2 billion USD by the year 2013, according to outsourcing analyst and advisory firm NelsonHall[1].

The integrated Testing Services will provide organizations with a proven and structured approach to software quality assurance and testing, underpinned by the Group’s own structured methodology, TMap® (Test Management Approach). This combination of strategic end-to-end testing and rigorous test execution delivers clearly identifiable results, notably reducing the cost of software development and maintenance by up to 30 percent, improving time to market by around 15 percent, enhancing quality levels and greatly mitigating technical and business risk.  The Group’s Testing Services offer a unique combination of scale, flexibility, business-level insight and most importantly, tangible client results.

Capgemini and Sogeti’s joint Testing Services will help this growing number of clients to ensure that these business-critical systems and services operate seamlessly and efficiently to meet the needs of the organization, while satisfying cost and regulatory measures. The solutions offered range from Managed Testing Services through to specialist test execution and Test Process Improvement (using their TPI® and Quality Blueprint models) supported by global partners; HP, IBM, and Microsoft.

Delivered through a combination of both a strong onshore presence in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America, and Capgemini’s Rightshore® network for offshore delivery, clients will have access to dedicated delivery teams with in-depth, sector-specific expertise, fine-tuned to clients’ individual business drivers. Capgemini and Sogeti have also created a new ‘Testing Center of Excellence’ in India, with 2,100 dedicated testers offshore, to support the delivery of state-of-the-art testing solutions for customers globally.

Capgemini and Sogeti have been specialists in testing for more than twenty years, with a history of significant investment in Testing R&D centers in the US,  Netherlands and India, and thought leadership, including the recent joint World Quality Report, supported by HP,[2] and numerous test-related books[3]. Both companies have a proven track record for developing innovative business-driven solutions to meet the constantly evolving needs of over 500 blue-chip clients worldwide, spanning industry sectors, including financial services, telecoms and the public sector.

“With complex IT projects, rapid delivery, ensuring quality and controlling costs are important to achieving high business value.  A structured test methodology is crucial to meeting these goals and controlling risk,” said Clint Gibler, senior vice president and chief information officer, Western and Southern Financial Services. “Sogeti’s TPI practice helped us – the average cycle time of product software development was reduced by 20 percent.”

“Businesses understand that software and application management & development are just as important from a business perspective as they are from a technical one – they provide the foundation for an organization’s core offering and ultimately, its brand and reputation,” said Hans Van Waayenburg, Leader of Capgemini and Sogeti’s Global Testing Services. “With the launch of our enhanced Testing Services, we will enable organizations to maximize their return on investment in their IT systems through a proven, structured approach to software testing and quality assurance that delivers what our clients require, driving faster time to market and significant cost efficiencies.”

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The creation of this integrated Testing Services capability represents the third stage of Capgemini’s major growth initiative, part of its ‘Business as Unusual’ program that was unveiled on November 5, 2009. Two service lines have already been created – “Business Information Management” “Application Lifecycle Services” – and two others will be launched by the end of March – “Infostructure Transformation Services” and “Smart Energy Services”. Through this series of five strategic offerings, Capgemini aims to generate €800 million of additional bookings in 2010.