IBM in £35m IT package for holiday giant

IBM has won a major contract to create a single computing infrastructure for TUI UK, the company created last year from the...

IBM has won a major contract to create a single computing infrastructure for TUI UK, the company created last year from the merger of Thomson Holidays and Lunn Poly.

The £35m, eight-year deal, which will also cover Britannia Airways, is expected to deliver 20% savings on current desktop spending. IBM already supplies IT services to Thomson Holidays, but 20 TUI employees will transfer to IBM by the middle of the year.

The contract will see IBM Global Services manage all TUI UK computing systems including its entire server infrastructure, the provision of PC helpdesk and technical support for more than 10,000 workstations across a variety of brands.

It follows last month's ten-year, £120m deal between rival travel company Thomas Cook UK and Accenture to create a unified services centre to manage the travel company's finance and IT functions.

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