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Kraft signs £1bn deal with EDS

Kraft Foods has signed a seven-year $1.7bn (£1bn) worldwide IT outsourcing deal with EDS.

Kraft Foods has signed a seven-year $1.7bn (£1bn) worldwide IT outsourcing deal with EDS.

EDS will provide datacentres and hosting services, telecoms, and desktop and server support from 1 June.

EDS will support more than 60,000 Kraft employees worldwide as part of the deal. Around 700 staff will transfer to EDS as the outsourcer takes over Kraft's IT infrastructure.

Roger Deromedi, Kraft Foods chief executive officer, said, “World-class IT is critical to Kraft's long-term business success. Our strategy is to have the ideal mix of in-house and outsourced activities.”

EDS is using Cisco, Dell, EMC and Microsoft to supply the necessary hardware and software for Kraft’s revamped IT infrastructure.

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