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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

HP, Unilever enter 7-year outsourcing contract

Hewlett Packard (HP) and Unilever global have announced an extension of their relationship with the signing of a seven-year outsourcing contract for the management of Unilever’s technology infrastructure in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Turkey and Middle East.

Affirming this, the country Marketing Manager at HP, Ms Ijeoma Onyiuke, said that HP will provide an infrastructure designed to quickly adapt to the changing needs of Unilever’s business by standardizing, virtualizing and optimizing Unilever’s enterprise computing environment in the regions above as well as its client services environment in Asia Pacific, Africa, Turkey and the Middle East.

In a press statement made available to Champion Infotel, Ms. Onyiuke said that operating as a single point of contact for Unilever’s enterprise computing environment, HP will work with its strategic partners, including SAP, Microsoft and BT, to help reduce costs and ease the integration of new applications.

HP also will manage the third-party contracts within Unilever’s technology environment in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Africa, Turkey and Middle East.

She explained that through this agreement, HP will provide management of Unilever’s IT processes and services, including corporate data centres, messaging and directory services, Internet and intranet systems hosting, disaster recovery services, and the outsourcing of 4,500 multi-vendor UNIX and Windows servers and storage environments.

Chief Information Officer, Unilever, Neil Cameron, said that as part of this agreement, approximately 250 Unilever employees would transfer to HP.

“In this space, HP has demonstrated a distinctive collaborative approach combined with a clear expertise in the delivery of global services,” Cameron said, adding that this agreement is a natural extension of current relationship.

Cameron said the intention between both parties is to leverage HP’s scale, expertise and industry leadership to ensure Unilever has access to world-class technology at substantially lower costs.

Senior Vice President and general manager, HP Services for EMEA, Pablo Sanchez-Lozano, said they look forward to helping Unilever further transform its technology environment to better align with the business, adding that it will improve performance and lower operational costs.

“While HP delivers consistent and predictable service all over the globe for Unilever, they can focus their energies and resources on growing their business,” Lozano said.

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