Diary co-op extends IT outsourcing contract

Contract now includes utility computing

New Zealand diary exporter Fonterra Co-operative Group has extended its seven-year $480 million outsourcing contract to 2015.

The original contract was signed in December 2003 with outsourcer EDS and covers the company's IT infrastructure including midrange servers, desktops and laptops, voice and data networks, help desk services and utility software across 40 countries.

So far 100 Fonterra staff have been transferred to outsourcer EDS, and the company launched into utility computing by migrating its SAP financial management and supply chain system from HP to Sun Microsystems.

Fonterra CIO Greg James said the contract will continue the company's global IT infrastructure development.

"In Australia, EDS has assisted the transition of recently acquired company Bonlac Foods into Fonterra Australia by standardizing its IT infrastructure," James said.

"Over the last three years we have been transforming our IT systems onto a standardized platform, which has been completed in New Zealand and is under way in the rest of the world."

No value was given for the contract extension.

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