Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has signed a £30m teaming arrangement with IBM to improve the application development and support services of its IT operations.
IBM is to create an Application Development Centre, staffed by IBM and SSE employees, as part of the five-year deal. SSE has 3.7 million customers around the UK and will accelerate its move into e-commerce and its diversification into gas and water supply.
"This alliance complements our own abilities by giving us access to IBM's global skills and solutions, and will open wider opportunities to us in new technology and e-business applications," said Jim Hart, SSE's commercial director.
IBM Global Services general manager Brian Sellwood said, "We are providing SSE with on demand access to skills that would allow it to respond rapidly to market changes or demands imposed by the utility regulators."