Chemical and energy conglomerate Du Pont plans to outsource its global computing and networking operations to Computer Sciences (CSC) and Andersen Consulting in a 10-year deal worth an estimated $4 billion.
CSC will pick up the lion?s share of the revenue, some $3 million, to run the giant's worldwide computer systems and provide some applications and software services. Andersen will receive the remaining $1 million to provide specific chemical and energy industry solutions. Du Pont will act as ?alliance integrator?, coordinating the work of the two companies.
The deal will result in 2,600 Du Pont IT staff being offered transfers to CSC, while a further 500 will be offered jobs within Andersen. Du Pont will retain the remaining 1,100 systems personnel, including a management team that will maintain and enhance the corporate IT architecture as well as handle global procurement.
Cinda Hallman, Du Pont?s chief information officer, said it was necessary to have senior IT staff who had first hand experience of Du Pont?s business needs. "It is critical that we have a team of people retained in Du Pont to ensure this alliance works to our satisfaction."
Both contracts are subject to final negotiations.
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