EDS will put around 7,000 staff through Microsoft certification training as part of a new alliance which will see the two companies join forces to push Microsoft solutions to large customers.
The outsourcing and software giants will look for joint opportunities to sell their combined product and service offerings in the network infrastructure, messaging, distributed systems management, remote access and financial services arenas, officials from the two companies said today.
Microsoft president Steve Ballmer said the alliance formalised and expanded a 12 year relationship between Microsoft and EDS.
"We want to apply EDS' global services capability to Microsoft's enterprise platforms," Ballmer said.
The certification training program will make EDS the largest employer of Microsoft certified staff in the world.
EDS chief operating officer Jeff Heller said its customers would benefit directly from the relationship.
"Earlier access to emerging products will give value to our clients," Heller said.
Under the agreement, Microsoft will provide EDS and its customers with beta access to new enterprise platforms and advice on managing large scale infrastructure.
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