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In a second major outsourcing deal this week, Braintree District Council has awarded ITNET a £10m, nine-year IT and communications contract
Under the Thomas Cook deal, Accenture will provide operational management of a new IT centre where it will centralise the dispersed IT and finance operations of Thomas Cook UK's divisions. The travel firm will retain control over strategy and investment.
The centre will provide IT operations and applications management in addition to finance, accounting and payroll services using SAP R/3 on Sun servers.
"We are replacing legacy systems developed independently for three different Thomas Cook businesses with a common IT infrastructure, Accenture partner Alex Christou told CW360.com.
The systems are due to go live in the third quarter of this year, with Accenture planning to introduce MySAP modules once the integrated infrastructure is bedded in, Christou said.
As part of creating the centre, some 400 Thomas Cook employees, working in both IT and finance, will become employees of Accenture.
The Braintree Council deal with ITNET will see the company, which claims a 20% market share of local authority outsourcing, provide server and applications management as well as multi-channel electronic services via a contact centre, Website and digital TV.