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50 years of adventure in video

Little Sogeti has a big future

Sogeti goes on Swiss time

First encounters

Here in Paris

“Torture Sogeti”

Sogeti launches into facilities management

Astonishing marriage of consulting and IT services

The European IT company

The ‘CAP’ of Good Hope

First participation in CAP

The CAP merger

Onwards to Gemini

Sogeti + CAP + Gemini

Internet before its time!

A banking revolution

Surfin’ USA

The world’s first electronic phone book

Another big step into the US

A hefty new shareholder

One Billion!

From 63% to 8%

Yes, sir!

A happy IPO

General management relocates

Birth

Acquisition of SESA

Cap Gemini joins the CAC 40

Birth of Cap Sesa

17th “Rencontres” in Marrakech

A new trade in the Group

Creation of Gemini Consulting

Capital investment by Daimler-Benz

The family keeps growing

Genesis: transforming the Group

Paul Hermelin arrives on board

First international ad campaign

Back to profits

The convergence of consultancy and IT

New name for a new life

Daimler-Benz withdraws

42 countries at the starting blocks

Extraordinary partnerships

A good start to the millennium

“Talent” goes live

Confident about the future

Revival of Sogeti

From one château to the next

First steps in India

On Her Majesty’s service

A new beginning

Creation of Capgemini Consulting

London calling

Three-headed cube

12,000 employees in India

40th anniversary and converting the try

“Together, free your energies”

Present on every continent

Acquisition of Prosodie

Handover

An admirable code of ethics

Head in the cloud

A best seller in Digital transformation

North America, the Group’s largest market

Passing of the founder

Happy birthday!

And in 2067?

Little Sogeti has a big future

In Grenoble, Serge Kampf founds IT services company Sogeti with only a handful of employees. At first, there were just six pioneers working from a two-room apartment -- a figure that would only climb in the years ahead!

Sogeti goes on Swiss time

Sogeti makes its first move beyond French borders with the opening of its Geneva branch.

First encounters

The first Sogeti “Rencontres” take place in Grenoble, France, gathering 27 participants. These events continue to this day, and remain a special occasion for the Group’s principal managers to work on long-term strategies.

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Here in Paris

Sogeti’s first Paris agency opens its doors at 7, rue Royale in the 8th arrondissement.

“Torture Sogeti”

Sogeti runs its first advertising campaign in French daily newspaper Le Monde with the following message: “Stop torturing yourself, torture Sogeti.” A visionary company, Sogeti is the first IT services company in Europe to enter into organizational consulting.

Sogeti launches into facilities management

Sogeti creates Hermès-Informatique with four partners (Solame, Cofradel, Le Progrès, and La Société Lyonnaise de Banque), launching into facilities management with a 20-year head start on the market.

Astonishing marriage of consulting and IT services

Sogeti enters a partnership with Bossard, the French leader in organizational consulting. The idea of linking consultancy together with IT services is a first in Europe.

The European IT company

Eurinfor (EURopéenne d’INFORmatique) is born, uniting the IT departments of several French companies. It is the first-ever IT company in Europe, founded thanks to the drive and direction of Serge Kampf.

The ‘CAP’ of Good Hope

Sogeti’s commercial spirit is undeniable. The company is willing to stir things up to get ahead. An announcement by Serge Kampf during the release of Sogeti’s annual accounts is proof. “Sogeti has surpassed the ‘CAP’ of Good Hope,” he wrote in reference to Sogeti’s main competitor, CAP. Furious, CAP executives took Sogeti to court claiming unfair competition. The case was dismissed.

First participation in CAP

A two-part acquisition of 49% of CAP’s capital, first by Serge Kampf personally and then by Sogeti.

The CAP merger

Sogeti, a company of 250 employees, officially takes over CAP, an IT services company established in France and Europe with 780 employees.

Onwards to Gemini

Next came the first acquisition across the Atlantic with the company Gemini Computer Systems, an American IT services corporation.

Sogeti + CAP + Gemini

With the acquisition of two major competitors, CAP and Gemini, Sogeti officially becomes Cap Gemini Sogeti, the number one European IT services company, with 2,000 employees. The Cap Gemini Sogeti group is officially born.

Internet before its time!

SESA, the French IT services company specializing in systems integration, develops TRANSPAC, the first public data transmission network in Europe.

Hear more about this landmark project from Maxime Donal, former Director of SESA’s Telecommunications Division.

A banking revolution

Cap Gemini Sogeti designs the IT architecture for the first banking terminals.

Hear more about this landmark project from André Cichowlas, Head of Production at Capgemini.

Surfin’ USA

Cap Gemini Inc. is created in Washington, D.C., marking the Group’s first venture into the United States, and the first time a French Group in the sector crossed the Atlantic. The Group quickly achieved great success, signing contracts with NASA, the Library of Congress, and the Energy Information Administration.

The world’s first electronic phone book

In France, Cap Gemini Sogeti is tasked with creating the world’s first electronic phone book, and in the United States signs its first major contract with the Los Angeles Times to develop an IT system enabling the company to deliver its newspaper to 1.25 million daily subscribers.

Another big step into the US

The Group takes over IT services company DASD in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With its 500 employees, $22 million revenue, and network of 19 agencies and offices spread throughout a large part of the United States, DASD is a big deal for the Group. An article in French economic daily Les Echos remarks on the Grenoble-based company’s remarkable sense of conquest.

A hefty new shareholder

The Compagnie Générale d’Industrie et de Participations (CGIP, now the Wendel Group), led by Ernest-Antoine Seillière, takes a 34% equity stake in Cap Gemini Sogeti. The CGIP supports the Group’s development until 2005.

One Billion!

The Group reaches its first billion-franc annual revenue (half of which comes from outside France).

From 63% to 8%

Machinery services, which once accounted for 63% of the Sogeti Group’s revenue in 1973, now represents only 8% ten years on.

Yes, Sir !

During the “Rencontres” held in Bad Homburg, Germany, which bring together the Group’s principal managers, Serge Kampf declares English to be the Group’s new official language.

A happy IPO

On June 12, Cap Gemini Sogeti debuts on the Paris Stock Exchange. The share price skyrockets more than 25% in five days.

General management relocates

The Group’s general management relocates to Rue de Tilsitt, in one of the 12 hôtels des Maréchaux dotted around the famous Place de l’Étoile and Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Birth

With the Group’s acquisition of the consulting division of US company CGA Computer, Cap Gemini America is born.

Acquisition of SESA

With the takeover of SESA, the French IT services company specializing in systems integration, the Group becomes one of the European leaders in systems integration. Cap Gemini Sogeti already had a 42% stake in SESA since 1982.

Cap Gemini joins the CAC 40

Shares of Cap Gemini Sogeti become listed on the CAC 40 stock market index, which comprises the 40 largest French companies by market capitalization.

Birth of Cap Sesa

With the joining of Sesa and Cap Sogeti France, Cap Sesa is born.

17th “Rencontres” in Marrakech

Gathered in Marrakech, more than 500 managers of Cap Gemini Sogeti adopt an aggressive leadership strategy, including a new Group shareholder. During these meetings, Serge Kampf recalls the importance of the Group’s seven founding values: honesty, boldness, trust, freedom, solidarity, modesty, and fun.

A new trade in the Group

In line with its aggressive leadership strategy, Cap Gemini Sogeti acquires English company Hoskyns, the European leader in IT outsourcing.

Creation of Gemini Consulting

Following the acquisition of Mac Group and United Research in the United States and Gamme in France, the Group’s management consultancy division is created under the name Gemini Consulting.

Capital investment by Daimler-Benz

In line with the strategy agreed upon during the Marrakech “Rencontres,” the German group Daimler-Benz acquires a 34% equity stake in the Group.

The family keeps growing

The successive acquisitions of Volmac, Europe’s most profitable IT services company at the time, and Programmator, one of Sweden’s largest IT services companies, cement Cap Gemini Sogeti as the sector’s European leader.

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Genesis: transforming the Group

As the Group prepares to announce its first-ever losses, managers meeting in Prague for the Group’s 18th “Rencontres” adopt an impressive transformation program codenamed “Genesis.” The challenge is to transform what is still in many ways a league of national companies into a truly transnational Group.

Paul Hermelin arrives on board

Paul Hermelin joins the Group and takes control of Cap Gemini’s core functions.

First international ad campaign

The Group launches its first international advertising campaign with the slogan, “Total Respect”.

Back to profits

After two years of losses, the Group makes a return to profitability.

The convergence of consultancy and IT

The “Convergence” program is launched, aiming to merge consultancy and IT services to better meet clients’ needs. The launch takes place at Chateau Béhoust in Yvelines, France, location of the Cap Gemini Sogeti university created in 1991.

New name for a new life

In September, the Group adopts a new logo and name, Cap Gemini, letting go of the original company name, Sogeti.

Daimler-Benz withdraws

Six years after investing in Cap Gemini, Daimler-Benz announces it is selling its stake in the Group. A taste of independence!

42 countries at the starting blocks

Big projects don’t intimidate the Group. The company signs a multinational contract with General Motors for the development of new client/server systems in 42 countries.

Extraordinary partnerships

Several partnership agreements are signed with Microsoft, Oracle, Publicis, Mannesmann, and Sun Microsystems.

A good start to the millennium

The 21st century kicks off with the mega-acquisition of the consulting division of American giant Ernst & Young. The merger proves more complex than anticipated. The Group employs more than 50,000 people.

“Talent” goes live

The Group’s intranet website, “Talent”, is launched becoming the main internal communications channel.

Confident about the future

Paul Hermelin, who has worked alongside Serge Kampf since 1993, becomes CEO of the Group.

Revival of Sogeti

The name Sogeti is reborn through the creation of a subsidiary specialized in local IT services.

From one château to the next

The new 50-hectare Cap Gemini University campus is relocated north of Paris from Béhoust château in Yvelines to Les Fontaines near Chantilly.

First steps in India

The Group opens its first two delivery centers in Mumbai, India (formerly Bombay).

On Her Majesty’s service

The Group signs one of its largest outsourcing contracts to date with the British tax department.

Hear more about this landmark project from Billie Major, Head of Operations for the Aspire contract at Capgemini.

A new beginning

Following a four-year downturn, the Group starts to recover and gets a makeover with a new graphic identity including a new logo and name: Capgemini, all one word.

Creation of Capgemini Consulting

Promoted since November 2008, the new Capgemini Consulting entity sees the light of day. Uniting all the Group’s consulting activities, it benefits from more than 35 years of experience in the field. With 4,000 consultants in more than 30 countries, Capgemini Consulting is the 10th largest player in the consulting market.

London calling

The Group signs an important contract with the London Metropolitan Police.

Three-headed cube

A major transformation plan for the Group called i3 (also known as i-cubed for industrialization, innovation, and intimacy) is launched during the 21st “Rencontres” in Montreal.

12,000 employees in India

Capgemini finalizes another watershed acquisition with Kanbay International. This American IT services company specializes in financial services and boasts a strong presence in India.

40th anniversary and converting the try

Capgemini celebrates its 40th anniversary at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France. The same year, the Group reaffirms its commitment to rugby by officially sponsoring the Rugby World Cup in France.

“Together, free your energies”

Capgemini continues its global communications campaign launched in 2007 with the new slogan, “Together, free your energies”. The campaign is marked by its uniqueness, multicultural angle, and illustration style specific to each continent. It attracts a lot of attention online.

Present on every continent

Already present in 30 countries, Capgemini enters South America by acquiring CPM Braxis, Brazil’s leading IT services company. The Group now employs more than 100,000 people worldwide.

Acquisition of Prosodie

The Group acquires Prosodie, a multichannel transactional flows operator. This acquisition enables Capgemini to enter the transactional solutions market.

Handover

45 years after founding the Group, Serge Kampf steps down as Chairman of Capgemini. He passes the torch to Paul Hermelin, who becomes CEO and Chairman of the Group.

An admirable code of ethics

Since 2013, the Group has ranked among the world’s most exemplary companies in terms of ethics. This ranking recognizes Capgemini’s commitment to continually strengthening its ethical practices wherever it operates and develops. This ranking is established by the Ethisphère Institute, a globally recognized organization that evaluates companies in more than 100 countries and 36 sectors.

Head in the cloud

The Dutch Postal Service selects Capgemini to lead its 100% Cloud-based strategy.

Un best seller dans le digital

Capgemini Consulting publishes a landmark book on Digital Transformation.

North America, the Group’s largest market

Capgemini acquires American company IGATE, further developing its presence in the United States and India.

Passing of the founder

Serge Kampf passes away at age 81 in Grenoble, the city where he founded Capgemini 49 years earlier.

Happy birthday!

200,000 employees celebrate Capgemini’s 50 years all over the world, relishing in their shared vision for the future.

And in 2067?

“Undoubtedly, the journey is far from over. In fact, I think it’s just getting started again.” Serge Kampf

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