Corus sticks with Capgemini for £26m mainframe refresh

Steelmaker Corus has signed a deal for Capgemini to refresh its IT and manage systems for five years.

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Steelmaker Corus has signed a £26 million deal for Capgemini to refresh its IT and manage systems for five years.

The company, bought last year by former rival Tata Steel for £6.7 billion, wants to cut operational costs and achieve mainframe service uptime of over 99.9 percent.

It has tasked the IT service firm with moving it from on-site existing IBM and Fujitsu mainframe services to Capgemini’s datacentres in Bristol and Rotherham. It will introduce utility computing, virtualisation and adaptive storage as part of its bid to reduce mainframe running costs and improve service levels.

Corus has already been using Capgemini for 10 years to manage its IT infrastructure, and the IT services firm will continue to support core process activities at the company’s main UK manufacturing sites.

These processes include production, supply chain, stockholding, purchasing, sales ordering and invoicing activities.

Capgemini will provide on shore service management using its UK staff, and will offshore operational management to Poland and technical support to 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."

He said Capgemini would have a “vital role” in helping Corus hit the tough service targets.

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