A major division of British Steel has handed over the management of its PC networks to Cap Gemini in a #3.1 million outsourcing contract.
The four-year deal covers the management and support of networks comprising around 500 desktop PCs at British Steel Engineering Steels (BSES). The machines are located at manufacturing sites in Yorkshire and at steel finishing and stockholding locations throughout the UK.
Cap Gemini will handle the contract from its regional centre in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Twelve BSES staff will transfer to Cap Gemini. A spokesman said BSES currently uses a wide diversity of PCs but is gradually moving towards a Compaq-only platform.
The PCs run a variety of operational desktop applications such as stock search and plant maintenance, human resources systems, health and safety programs, WP, spreadsheet, database and Email.
Malcolm Owen, UK sales director at Cap Gemini, said outsourcing of desktop networks has become a rapidly growing area of its business.
The BSES contract follows a major deal last year between Cap Gemini and British Steel, involving the transfer of 325 staff and the outsourcing of central IT functions.
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