IBM ANNOUNCES NEW IT SERVICES CONTRACT WITH BASS LEISURE RETAIL Thursday 21 June 2001 PDF Print ...New contract for IT services and support worth £38m (over 50m) over 10 yearS... IBM Global Services has announced a ten year contract with Bass Leisure Retail, the UK's leading managed restaurant and pub group, worth £38 million (over $50 million). Under the terms of the contract, IBM will outsource BLR's Data Centre operations. Bass Leisure Retail will benefit from IBM's expertise in ensuring the maximum efficiency and availability of its IT systems. The Data Centre outsourced service will be tightly integrated with the existing managed service provided by IBM which manages the technology deployed in BLR's 2,100 pub and restaurant outlets in the UK and Europe. BLR has also announced its intention to perform an exclusive joint verification exercise with IBM with a view to IBM outsourcing their data and voice network. IBM's global resource base will ensure that BLR has ready access to the technology skills required in the modern business environment. Mike Fisher, IT Director at Bass Leisure Retail, said: "It's essential to Bass's overall efficiency that our Data Centre operations are responsive, effective and low cost. We believe that the people skills required to achieve this are better located in IBM where the people can be assured of the opportunity to develop IT based careers. In addition, we are looking for IBM to work closely with BLR to help us make use of technology for BLR's business advantage. IBM will give us the support and technical expertise we need in order to put new e-business systems in place". Andrew Spencer, VP for IBM Global Services, Northern Europe said: "We are delighted that BLR has chosen IBM to manage its Data Centre operations. BLR will be able, going forward, to focus more on its core business of running pubs and restaurants while we do for them what we do best". IBM will manage the service using Tivoli Systems Management technology to diagnose and fix faults. -ends- Notes to the Editor: ABOUT IBM IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable companies to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. IBM Global Services is the world's largest information technology services provider, with nearly 150,000 professionals serving customers in 160 countries and an annual revenue of more than $33 billion (2000). IBM Global Services integrates IBM's broad range of capabilities - services, hardware, software and research - to help companies of all sizes realise the full value of information technology. For more information, visit http://www.ibm.com/services. ABOUT BLR Bass Leisure Retail operates over 2,000 pubs, bars and restaurants in the UK including leading brands such as All Bar One, Vintage Inns, Harvester, Browns, Toby, O'Neill's, Edward's, Ember Inns, It's A Scream, Goose and Hollywood Bowl. For further information: Bill Mew IBM Global Services Tel: 44 (0)20 72025769 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Or Jonathan Batty/Nicky Morgan Brodeur Worldwide (On Behalf of IBM) Tel: 44 (0)1753 790700 E-mail: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org Or Bob Cartwright BLR Tel: 44 (0)121 420 6112 E-mail: email@example.com ______________________________________________________________________ Click on the link below to see this news release as it appears on the Brodeur News Room website and obtain full contact details. http://www.brodeurnewsroom.com/asp/release.asp?rid=1574&cid=... ______________________________________________________________________ Click the link below to login and update your company and subject preferences, or personal details. http://www.brodeurnewsroom.com/asp/login.asp ______________________________________________________________________ Click on the link below to have your login details re-sent to you. http://www.brodeurnewsroom.com/asp/forgot.asp ______________________________________________________________________ This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.