Fonterra has selected EDS over Hewlett Packard to go to the next stage of negotiations over outsourcing the dairy giant’s global IT infrastructure.
Fonterra CIO, Marcel van den Assum, says that after an intensive round of due diligence and negotiations with EDS and HP, the company was now moving into the fourth phase of its project.
The process so far had included a large number of site and customer visits on five continents.
The project includes all of the company’s IT processes, desktop and LAN, midrange servers and networks (voice and data). This includes desktops and laptops, servers, networks, helpdesk services and utility software such as Microsoft Office and email systems such as GroupWise and Lotus Notes. The global outsourcing exercise covers over 1000 utility and application servers as well as desktops across 34 countries.
Fonterra engaged sourcing advisory firm TPI in December last year to assist it in evaluating and negotiating its IT global outsourcing options.
Back in April, IDC said a decision by Fonterra to outsource its IT operations could boost the outsourcing market by 10% to 20%.