KPMG Consulting is setting up a Microsoft dot com practice to promote Windows 2000 to companies that want to build ebusiness sites.
Over the next 18 months, the management consulting firm plans to employ 500 consultants to help organisations implement ebusiness environments within a target timescale of two to six months.
The two companies will also build a collaborative development lab where customers can build systems based on Microsoft's forthcoming operating system.
Last August, Cisco surprised the industry by buying a 20 per cent stake in KPMG Consulting for $105 billion. Some $800 million of that will be spent over the next year on recruiting 4,000 engineers with Internet integration skills to develop and deliver Internet based data, voice and video services to customers secured by Cisco's sales force.
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