Sun Microsystems Inc is to continue the relationship that began between Storage Technology Corp and Deloitte Consulting LLP, before Sun acquired StorageTek.
StorageTek and Deloitte last year established a joint compliance and archiving assessment service, under which StorageTek handled the technical end of any compliance engagements, and Deloitte dealt with the business and procedural side of any such work.
Yesterday Sun said that this arrangement will continue, and is to be made a little plusher with the creation of a joint office grandly titled the Center for Technology Governance and Compliance, and conveniently located in Sun’s existing premises in Menlo Park, California.
A second office is more than likely to be located in New York. Sun has ten staff currently dedicated to the service, with Deloitte’s contribution varying according to the work at hand. The two firms are trying to drum up business at 37 target firms, of which 19 are at in the process of engaging their services.
StorageTek’s choice of Deloitte as a compliance dance partner last year was predictable, as was Sun’s decision to continue the relationship. Among the big five consultancies carrying serious brand value, Deloitte was the only reasonable choice.
Accenture was off the list because of its relationship with EMC Corp. PWC’s consulting organization is now owned by IBM Corp, and Ernst and Young’s is owned by Cap Gemini, which does business with Hewlett-Packard Co.
The credibility of former KPMG division Bearing Point as a consultant on compliance issues has been dimmed a little by its SOX-related accounting problems.