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.
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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.