Seven months after IBM formed a company with Lenovo Group, after selling its PC business to the Chinese firm for £770m, the new company has announced details of one of its first UK customer.
QinetiQ, a defence technology and security company with a large mobile workforce, has just completed a nine-month roll-out of Thinkpad notebooks and IBM eServer Bladecenter systems.
The notebooks come under a three-year, £3.4m lease agreement with IBM Global Finance, with a separate agreement for the servers.
Lewis Doyle, CIO and purchasing director at QinetiQ, said, "We chose IBM Lenovo because we were doing a Windows XP roll-out to 10,000 desktops over 14 weeks and wanted a company that could meet the challenge."
As part of the 10,000-Thinkpad roll-out, QinetiQ ran a 100-user pilot which found that specific applications would not run under Windows XP and needed upgrades or adaptations, such as new printer drivers.
Doyle said QinetiQ was able to reduce the time its engineers spent at the desktop from five hours to no more than two as they became more proficient at configuring the notebooks.