KPMG Consulting has signed a second pact in less than a week, this time with web caching developer Inktomi, to try and boost its internet business.
The move follows last week's announcement that it planned to establish a Microsoft dot com practice to promote Windows 2000 to companies interested in using the operating system as the basis for their ebusiness sites.
The agreement with Inktomi enables KPMG to market the software developer's Traffic Server network caching tool and Content Delivery Suite, which manages content distribution for service providers.
Vince Vannelli, Inktomi's general manager, said: "KPMG Consulting's system integration expertise combined with Inktomi's infrastructure software will offer customers the resources and experience to deliver advanced commerce, content and application services."
KPMG's announcement is the latest in a recent flurry of activity by management consultancies to boost their ecommerce and internet businesses.
Last week, Cap Gemini said it would train 1,500 of its consultants to become either Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers or Microsoft Certified Developers to push Microsoft Windows 2000 related services. Andersen Consulting has become the preferred implementation partner for Commerce One's global online trading portal.
And the prize is big, according to IDC. It calculates that the US market for internet consulting services will reach $710 million by the end of this year and grow to $4.4 billion by 2003.
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