GBS establishes a Strategic Partnership with ACP for the Microsoft Environment

Frankfurt am Main / Cologne

IBM or Microsoft? For many companies, this question no longer arises. When deploying IT solutions, they increasingly rely on several providers at once, turning their backs on rigid infrastructures. GROUP Business Software AG (GBS), which has a large number of customers predominantly in the IBM Notes/Domino environment, has already acknowledged this development and is further promoting its newly-adopted multi-platform strategy through a new partnership. The social business experts will from now on be collaborating with IT solutions provider ACP, which is established both in Germany and in Austria within the Microsoft environment.

While GBS already targets both Microsoft and IBM environments within its email management solution iQ.Suite, the company also wishes to offer its customers a corresponding broad know-how on the infrastructure and application levels. This is where ACP contributes its extensive Microsoft expertise – proven by various certifications and top-class experts – to the new partnership. They cover the entire Microsoft solutions portfolio, including the Exchange messaging service and the SharePoint collaboration platform. ACP also offers further tools from Quest Software (part of the Dell corporation) to support migrations.

Together, GBS and ACP will now offer Easy Move projects for your customers who wish to migrate or modernise their messaging or collaboration environments. "Our customers will benefit from appropriate one-stop solutions and services", says Herbert Reder, Executive Vice President Sales at GBS, concerning the new partnership. Willi Prosen, Managing Director of ACP IT Solutions GmbH in Cologne, also highlights the combined expertise that will be offered from now on: "GBS is a leader in the IBM Domino environment, whereas we play a leading role in the Microsoft environment. With the combination of both companies' expertise, our customers will enjoy various concrete benefits for the implementation of their projects."

About ACP:

ACP offers independent consulting, procurement, integration, managed services, data centre services and IT financing across the entire IT range, for companies, public authorities and organisations of all sizes. Founded in 1993, the IT provider is now active across Germany and Austria, with over 1,000 employees at more than 25 sites. In the 2012/13 financial year, the ACP group achieved a turnover of €328.4 million. At its Cologne site, ACP provides its customers with an all-inclusive Microsoft portfolio. The offering covers the entire spectrum of Microsoft solutions, from communication and information platforms such as Lync, SharePoint and Office 365 to server and client technologies such as Windows Server 2012, System Center and Windows 8.

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