Shell has signed a five year deal with Microsoft and Deutsche Telecom subsidiary T-Systems that will allow employees to work together online globally through the cloud.
The oil giant will buy Microsoft SharePoint services via the internet to "increase flexibility at work and reduce costs".
Shell is already using SharePoint as a collaboration platform. T-Systems is now preparing to provide Shell employees a customised version of the Microsoft SharePoint solution virtually from its own data centre. The new system is set to be ready this April.
"For us SharePoint is a key instrument for smooth cooperation in projects with decentralised teams. This new solution will allow us to appreciate considerable cost reductions and greater flexibility," said Shell vice president of IT Services Jay Crotts.
SharePoint is providing a central platform for various applications such as document and content management, as well as organisation and collaboration in project work.
Shell has also signed a ten-year, €300 million (£253 million) contract with Logica to support its employee fuel card scheme in Europe and Asia. Logica is partnering with FleetCor Technologies, a global provider of specialised payment products and services, to support Shell’s commercial fleet fuel cards programme.
FleetCor will provide a card processing platform that will be piloted in April 2012, with a full roll-out due by the end of 2013.
Earlier this month, Shell said it had outsourced over 8,000 back office posts to cheaper offshore locations over the last five years.