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BP has handed the running, enhancement and development of its business applications and IT processes to Indian IT firm Infosys.

BP has handed the running, enhancement and development of its business applications and IT processes to Indian IT firm Infosys.

This week Infosys took control of applications including corporate functions, upstream and downstream segments, energy trading and marketing across BP’s worldwide divisions.

The contract builds on a five-year deal with the outsourcer. BP tendered the original outsourcing contract in 2009 in a bid to rationalise its 35 outsourcing contracts for its business applications.

The slimming down was an attempt to remove $7 billion from annual operational costs by 2013.

IBM, Accenture, Wipro, Tata and Infosys won the contract and took control of legacy IT systems in for the £1.5 billion project. None of the companies have commented on whether they are part of the new deal with Infosys.

Infosys - headed up by former SAP chief Vishal Sikka - could not confirm the value of the contract but said it was “one of the biggest Infosys has ever signed” in terms of scope and size. A spokesperson confirmed that it was a new deal on the back of their ongoing relationship.

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It also outsourced global communications to T-Systems and Siemens to further reduce the amount of suppliers it worked with.

T-Systems is currently migrating BP’s Microsoft exchange servers into a private cloud.

The firm's digital communications platform, including hundreds of websites, is being driven by a number of public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Akamai amongst other SaaS providers.

The oil giant was forced to move into the cloud due to spikes in demand on its websites following the Gulf of Mexico disaster in 2011 that put BP in the spotlight.

BP is understood to be now working on moving more business applications into the cloud to integrate its complex infrastructure.

“We have put some things out there in the cloud, but we have done this in an ad-hoc basis. We want to be able to really industrialise this, and not just do six cloud projects at once, but hundreds,” said former BP CIO Dana Deasy at Cloud World Forum in London last year.

The firm hopes to develop an enterprise-wide app network, or shop, for approved software that can be accessed across the various elements of the organisation.

Infosys said they could not comment on BP’s strategy or disclose whether it is working on the app network.

BP was not available for comment.