Disney outsources IT in $1.34bn deal

Walt Disney has outsourced its IT to IBM and Affiliated Computer Services in separate seven-year deals.

Walt Disney has outsourced its IT to IBM and Affiliated Computer Services in separate seven-year deals worth a total of $1.34bn (£724m).

The IBM deal is worth $730m and the Affiliated deal is valued at $610m. 

Disney employs around 3,000 IT-related employees and it is not clear how many the will be transferred to the two outsourcers.

Affiliated will provide Disney with IT infrastructure services for its global data network. These will include desktop and help desk support, anti-virus protection, intrusion detection, messaging and IT procurement.

IBM will be responsible for managing Disney’s mainframe and mid-range processing platforms and servers, along with data storage requirements and business applications such as SAP.

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