Lack of suitable skills in distributed object technology has forced Inprise to set up a European service and consulting business ready to support its application server due for launch at the end of the year.
The company hopes to grow its consultancy business from the present 11% to between 20% and 25%.
Bob Perreault, vice president worldwide for professional services at Inprise, said he is looking for "literally as many (consultants) as possible" and is also looking at potential acquisitions in the company's key European markets - France, Germany and the UK. Inprise, formally known as Borland International, will run education, training and consultancy from offices in these three countries and a helpdesk will be run from Amsterdam.
When the application server, which went into second beta last week, is launched in December, Inprise claims it will be the only vendor that can offer application management, Web integration, integration with enterprise databases and applications, security, and transaction processing monitoring on a standards-based infrastructure. It now wants to ensure that it will be in a position to service these offerings.
Despite the broadening of its consultancy activities, the company claims it will not sever its ties with partners like Cap Gemini.
"It is essential to have a service operation. It shows customers that you take the business seriously," said John Floisand, senior vice president for worldwide sales.
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