Football's Fifa signs up Satyam for IT support

Football's global governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa), has signed two multimillion-dollar contracts with Satyam for it to provide IT support to major forthcoming events.

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Football's global governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa), has signed two multimillion-dollar contracts with Satyam for it to provide IT support to major forthcoming events.

Satyam has been selected to develop a customised event management system and has also been chosen to build an extranet and intranet for Fifa over the next 12 months.

Satyam's partnership will also include full, uninterrupted support for both solutions for Fifa, until the final whistle of each game.

Working primarily from Fifa's Zurich headquarters, Satyam will provide in-country support for matches. It will also have teams work from offshore locations to enable lower costs and optimised CMM Level 5 quality.

Fifa's head of IT, Michael Kelly, said the organisation needed the most robust IT since it hosts the world's most widely viewed sporting events, with as many as 28 billion people watching the 2006 World Cup.

"As such, we cannot afford even a second's downtime, even during the huge usage spikes throughout games," he said.

"This is the start of a long-term relationship that will see Satyam working closely with Fifa over the next few years" said Satyam's head of European operations Dr Keshab Panda.

The company has development centres in the US, Canada, Brazil, UK, Hungary, Egypt, India, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.

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