Corus has awarded IT outsourcing contracts totalling £26 million and covering
the five-year period 2008-2013 to Capgemini UK plc, extending the relationship
that has existed between the two companies for more than ten years. Corus is one
of the world’s top steel producers, with revenues of over £11 billion and annual
steel production of around 20 million tonnes.
Under these new contracts Capgemini will continue to manage the mainframe computers
that support the core production, supply chain, stockholding, purchasing, sales
ordering and invoicing activities at the main Corus UK manufacturing sites including
Llanwern, Motherwell, Port Talbot, Rotherham, Scunthorpe and Teesside.
Capgemini, which won the contracts against bids from other leading multinationals,
will deploy its Rightshore® strategy, which makes its global resources available to UK customers, on behalf
of Corus. Capgemini teams in the UK, Poland and India will work in collaboration
to maximise cost-effectiveness for Corus and to enhance service levels for the
10,000 Corus UK employees who rely on the mainframe systems in their daily work.
The new contracts involve the transition of existing IBM and ICL (Fujitsu) mainframe
services from Corus sites to Capgemini secure data centres in Bristol and Rotherham,
and a technical refresh of the infrastructure. Capgemini will provide overall
service management from the UK, with operational management provided from its
infrastructure management command centre in Krakow, Poland and additional technical
support from a Capgemini centre in Mumbai, India.
Bruno Laquet, Chief Information Officer at Corus, said: ‘The quality and efficiency of our mainframe systems is of key importance to
our customers and employees in ensuring that we manufacture and deliver the right
products with the right quality at the right time. Capgemini will therefore have
a vital role in helping our UK operations achieve our many ambitious objectives
over the next five years, and I am confident that they will fulfill this role
to the highest standards.’
By introducing new but proven techniques such as utility computing, virtualisation
and adaptive storage, Capgemini aims to significantly reduce mainframe running
costs while delivering enhanced service levels including system availability greater
than 99.9 per cent on a 24x7x365 basis.
Dean Freeman, Director, IT Multisourcing Programme at Corus, said: ‘Capgemini was able to demonstrate a terrific track record in running mission-critical
IT for major multinationals and key government departments. They have also done
excellent work for Corus over the last ten years and gained deep understanding
of our business and IT needs, and all these factors, together with their convincing
and cost-effective proposals, made them our first choice in awarding these important
Capgemini will also work closely with Corus to introduce technological innovation
in the IT support provided to keep pace with changes in the Corus markets, organisational
structures and products, to introduce continuous improvements and to ensure that
IT support remains world-class throughout the period of the contract.
David Bee, Account Director for Corus at Capgemini UK plc, said: ‘We are proud of our many achievements at Corus during our long relationship
with them, and we look forward to building on these achievements with our close
collaboration now set to continue for a further five years with the possibility
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and
outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies.
Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their
freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working – the Collaborative
Business Experience – and through a global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to offer the right resources in the right location at competitive
cost. Present in 36 countries, Capgemini reported 2007 global revenues of EUR
8.7 billion and employs over 83,000 people worldwide.
More information is available at www.uk.capgemini.com.
Capgemini UK plc
Tel.:+44 (0)870 238 2491