IBM has signed agreements to buy two Danish IT services companies and another to provide IT services to one of the country's largest banks.
IBM will acquire Maersk Data, the IT services subsidiary of AP Moller-Maersk in Copenhagen, and DMdata, an IT services company owned jointly by Maersk Data, Danske Bank and WW-Data.
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Danske Bank has signed a major IT services agreement with IBM.
The AP Moller-Maersk Group owns one of the world's largest shipping fleets. IBM plans to use the expertise of the group's Maersk Data unit to establish a global transportation and logistics competence centre.
The move is consistent with IBM's stated growth strategy in the IT services sector and with its goal of offering customers globally a range of services based on deep industry insight.
DMdata was formed seven years ago from the merged IT operations of Maersk Data and Danske Bank. The unit specialises in managing complex IT infrastructures.
In addition to selling its 45% stake in DMdata, Danske Bank selected IBM to manage its worldwide IT infrastructure under a 10-year outsourcing contract. The on-demand-services agreement covers servers, storage, security management and disaster recovery.
John Blau writes for IDG News Service