More on the Capgemini news
The Google-Capgemini partnership is important because systems consultancies and outsourcers exert a strong influence over the IT decisions of large companies. Google knows that a grass-roots movement alone isn't enough to break into the enterprise market. I expect that now we'll see a series of similar partnerships between Google and some of the other big guns in the IT business. Of course, there's also an irony here. The giant IT consulting firms symbolize the high cost and ornate complexity of traditional IT. You might say that they're part of the problem that the new wave of Web-based services is supposed to solve. It only goes to show: Business, no less than politics, makes strange bedfellows.