Gates in KPMG London summit

In a bid to convince major international corporations that his software can become the ?digital nervous system? for their businesses, Microsoft chief executive officer Bill Gates (above, at the QE2 Centre in Westminster) has signed strategic alliances with most of the Big Five over the past year.

KPMG Management Consultancy?s UK head of solutions, Graham Oates, embraced the alliance enthusiastically and is collaborating with Microsoft to convert the ground floor of KPMG?s office in Reading into a ?solutions centre? to show senior executives what companies could achieve with Microsoft-driven technology. The centre is due to open at the end of the month.

Gates also met with a group of invited KPMG clients, who included executives from Barclays, Midland, Royal Sun Alliance, Zeneca and Camelot. In a short talk, the Microsoft CEO told the audience how technology can be harnessed to drive business benefits, for example by monitoring and improving customer loyalty.

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