Crystal Decisions, CGEY Partner

Business intelligence specialist in marketing, product development alliance with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young

Business intelligence specialist in marketing, product development alliance with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young

Palo Alto, CA  September 30, 2003  Crystal Decisions, a provider of business intelligence (BI) software and services, has partnered with consulting firm Cap Gemini Ernst & Young US (CGE&Y) in an agreement that will encompass joint product development, co-marketing and reseller capabilities.

As part of the agreement, CGE&Y will maintain a core team of consultants certified in Crystal Decisions products and proactively market joint solutions to its customers. In this way, the alliance will help expose a broader range of organizations to Crystal Decisions' enterprise reporting solutions, according to the newly minted partners.

In addition, Crystal Decisions and CGE&Y are rolling out the BI Index, a jointly developed solution that shows organizations where they stand in terms of their BI readiness and integration. The solution takes customers through a six-step process to help them define, predict and measure the value of a proposed BI initiative. Additionally, they learn how to effectively leverage analytical, reporting and predictive capabilities across their organizations and monitor their return on investment (ROI) through a built-in ROI calculator.

Said Brian J. Queenin, vice president and global leader of the CGE&Y Business Intelligence practice: "We have had great success in our previous BI engagements with Crystal Decisions and we are looking forward to greatly expanding the relationship. By teaming with Crystal Decisions, we can provide our customers with the top-notch BI solutions they need to improve their performance and race ahead of the competition."

"We are excited about this alliance agreement with CGE&Y, especially as it is based on a series of successful customer wins and the creation of a common go-to-market strategy around the BI Index," said Miles Mahoney, vice president of worldwide system integration alliances at Crystal Decisions. "The combination of CGE&Y's domain expertise with Crystal Decisions' technology will provide companies with a solid foundation to maximize their return on data investments as they use enterprise business intelligence to deliver cost savings and improve the accuracy of business decisions."