British American Tobacco (BAT) has signed a £6m applications management contract with IT solutions provider Parity to improve business processes.
BAT said the hiring of Parity formed part of its overall strategy to rationalise the number of IT suppliers it used, and to optimise business processes to deliver increased value.
Parity’s three-year framework agreement has a fixed value of £3m, with additional business process consultancy and IT business solution development projects bringing the total value to an estimated £6m.
Parity will provide application management services for business and project-specific applications. BAT said Parity will help optimise IT management projects that improve business processes and make cost and time savings.
Thomas Moore, commercial head of BAT’s global services division, said Parity’s staff will work as a virtual extension of the company’s internal IT resources on applications management, technical design, programme and project management and business process consultancy.
Parity is currently working on a portfolio of consulting projects and is supporting 37 applications. Under the new agreement, it will have increased responsibility for delivering cost, time and manpower savings, said BAT.