Fujitsu finally announces Centrica deal


Fujitsu finally announces Centrica deal

Karl Flinders

Fujitsu has announced its part in Centrica's outsourcing reshuffle, which saw T-Systems replaced by HP in the datacentre and Fujitsu on the desktop.

Computer Weekly blog Inside Outsourcing revealed in December that Centrica was shaking up its outsourcing contracts. Incumbent supplier T-Systems lost the desktop and datacentre work and is instead focusing on providing SAP services in the cloud to Centrica.

Centrica announced its deal with HP in February, under which it is paying HP $400m for datacentre services, including building a utility-based private cloud.

The Fujitsu deal will come as a relief to the supplier after it recently lost large desktop services deals with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Thomson Reuters. Both these deals saw Fujitsu struggle with the transitioning of services - from HP in the case of the DWP, and in-house at Thomson Reuters.

Fujitsu was also given a second chance by the Highland Council over a £70m contract that the local authority is unhappy with. The five-year desktop managed service is for 25,000 users.

Centrica CIO David Bickerton said: "In July 2010 we appointed Fujitsu to run our internal IT service desk. This new contract builds on that existing partnership and is aimed at further improving the IT service and experience for our people."

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