December 7, 2009
Renault will outsource application management to Capgemini under a three-year deal that sees Capgemini become one of the French automaker's preferred outsourcing vendors.
Capgemini, of Paris, will work to manage and optimize one quarter of Renault Group's application portfolio, the outsourcer said. More than 180 Capgemini professionals will be tasked with the effort, which includes technical and functional updates, technical support, and applications development for Renault's procurement, quality, and sales units. Renault officials said Capgemini's familiarity with the automotive industry factored into their decision to hire the company. Additionally, Capgemini's Sogeti subsidiary has worked previously with Renault. "To meet the constantly evolving needs of users, a good knowledge of their industry is essential," said Renault deputy CIO Francois Gitton, in a statement. "This enables good alignment between the service provided, current projects and priorities. Capgemini has the functional and industry capabilities required, as well as a great capacity for innovation drawn from its experience with other car manufacturers," said Gitton. "These factors create favorable conditions to meet the needs of Renault," he said. For their part, Capgemini officials said the deal is a chance to forge deeper ties with France's largest automaker. "This contract is a great opportunity to build a strong partnership with Renault. Our commitment can be seen in both the length of the project and in our ambition to assist the group in its future challenges," said Alain Donzeaud, a member of the Capgemini Group's executive committee. Capgemini shares were up .10% in Monday trading on the Euronext Paris exchange. What's next for General Motors? InformationWeek editors met with GM's IT leadership team to find out. Download our report here (registration required).
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