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

“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.

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