AstraZeneca has signed a seven-year £736m global IT outsourcing contract with IBM.
The agreement renews and expands the scope of an existing contract the pharmaceutical firm had with Big Blue.
The new deal will see IBM provide a single global technical infrastructure covering 60 countries.
This includes server and storage hosting, service desks, PC management, and network and communications services, including e-mail and computer operations support.
AstraZeneca will retain control of its overall IT strategy and the development and support of its application systems.
Richard Williams, CIO at AstraZeneca, said, "This agreement will enable AstraZeneca to deliver greater value to the business by providing consistent infrastructure services globally, enabling a faster and more efficient rollout of new technology with improved levels of service."
He said, "In allowing IBM greater autonomy on methods of delivery, the agreement will result in cost efficiencies when compared with running in-house systems."
The contract follows a previous seven-year deal IBM held with the firm.
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