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HP Snags .NET Consulting Specialist

Hewlett-Packard added another touch point to its already intimate relationship with Microsoft Wednesday, setting its sights on Extreme Logic, a business consulting firm which specializes in the Microsoft .NET architecture.

Atlanta, Ga.-based Extreme Logic is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner which brings HP additional expertise with .NET technology, all rolled up with a business process consulting business that HP hopes will round out its services organization and further its overall Adaptive Enterprise strategy.

"The Extreme Logic agreement further demonstrates HP's commitment to help customers build an adaptive enterprise," said Rick Fricchione, vice president of enterprise Microsoft services at HP Services. "Extreme Logic has strong skills in developing customized business solutions that leverage the power of .NET across a range of markets. The integration of their skills and experience will further strengthen HP's ability to bring the power and agility of Web services to our customers."

Microsoft applauded the move, saying it should serve to drive additional demand for .NET technologies.

"Extreme Logic has a proven track record in helping Fortune 1000 companies transform how they do business using innovative applications built on .NET software," said Kevin Johnson, group vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Sales and Services at Microsoft. "HP's acquisition of Extreme Logic will deepen their expertise on .NET application development and help them meet the escalating demand for .NET solutions across all industries in the U.S."

HP said the acquisition is another foundational piece in the establishment of its Adaptive Enterprise strategy, unveiled in May of this year. The strategy, which follows on the heels of similar initiatives from companies like IBM , Computer Associates and Veritas , aims at helping companies get the IT infrastructure they need at flexible prices and provisioning. The strategy is rolled up with new services, like business agility metrics, new virtualization software for automated resource utilization, and new self-healing software for HP OpenView that addresses technical issues before machines go down, a practice also known as autonomic computing.

"Adaptive enterprises are looking to the development and deployment of Web services as a vital component of IT environments that can respond more quickly to rapidly changing business needs," HP said Wednesday. "Extreme Logic has a strong track record of deploying .NET technologies to financial services, healthcare, retail, e-government, manufacturing and telecommunications companies seeking to implement Web services to help manage and capitalize on change."

Extreme Logic, which was recently recognized as Microsoft Certified Technical Education Center Partner of the Year for North America, has a client list that features a number of Fortune 1000 companies across the manufacturing, financial services, government, transportation and logistics, healthcare and other industries. HP said the firm will bolster its services business with e-learning, security and infrastructure services for HP's vertical markets, and it will also expand the company's presence in the southern and eastern United States.

The terms of the definitive agreement were not disclosed. HP said Extreme Logic will become a wholly-owned subsidiary operating as part of the HP Services organization. About 200 of Extreme Logic's employees will join HP's network of .NET consulting and service professionals.