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CSC targets UK growth

Karl Flinders

US IT services giant CSC has targeted growth in the UK across all business sectors in managed services, consulting, business process outsourcing, and emerging areas including cloud computing services.

To this end the company is on a recruitment drive and has already appointed seven experienced salespeople to increase the company's UK customer base and do more within existing clients.

Liz Benison, UK COO at CSC, said businesses are increasingly turning to services as business challenges mount, with "pressure to improve operational efficiency and performance, cut costs and operate within a secure environment".

In last year's Equaterra (now KPMG) survey of IT service provider performance in the UK, CSC came second in the category of deals ranging from £10m to £25m.

Lee Ayling, partner at KPMG, says CSC is strong in infrastructure-based services, such as datacentre, desktop and security services. "CSC also has a really clear cloud strategy," he added.

He said much of CSC's success is in large systems integration deals that are led from the US, but the company is currently "aggressively targeting smaller deals", which its UK recruitment drive will support.

Mark Lewis, head of outsourcing at law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, said CSC's name has been damaged by its much publicised failures related to its NHS IT contract.


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