AVENTIS CROPSCIENCE AND IBM SIGN AN IT GLOBAL AGREEMENT Monday 25 June 2001 PDF Print Aventis CropScience and IBM Global Services Corp. announce today the signature of a ten-year, world-wide collaboration between the two companies in the field of Information Technology. Under this agreement IBM will assist Aventis CropScience in the management and consistent improvement of its IT system, with the overall objective of implementing global solutions well-tailored to meeting specific local needs. As part of the agreement, IBM will take on the responsibility for a number of Aventis CropScience's IT services currently being carried out either internally or by other third parties. Aventis CropScience and IBM will together re-align these services into three categories: I. Global services: such as E:Mail and Global Data Network which will be used by all Aventis CropScience countries, II. Regional services: such as Enterprise Resource Planning systems (SAP) and other key applications for 18 Aventis CropScience country organisations, lll. Local services: desktop, laptop & local IT infrastructure support for Aventis CropScience affiliates in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and the US. Overall, these services represent 35% of Aventis CropScience's ongoing IT expenditure. This three-fold approach will enable Aventis CropScience to access leading edge IBM technology and processes at every level of its organisation. Together, Aventis CropScience and IBM will work to optimise IT costs, track professional and technological synergies across the organisation and continuously improve customer services. In financial terms, the collaboration is expected to save Aventis CropScience over $60 million over the next ten years. A small group of Aventis CropScience IT experts will transfer to IBM and the others will be refocused on more business-oriented tasks. "This long-planned move allows Aventis CropScience to fully focus its internal resources on its core activities. IBM is a reliable, high-performing global partner who will support our IT services with a high degree of professionalism and commitment", said Haider Rashid, Head of IT and E:activities at Aventis CropScience. "For IBM this is a major step forward. We are proud to be associated with a leading global company in the field of agriculture. We are strongly committed to leveraging our combined global presence into innovative and cost-effective IT solutions which are adapted to meeting local business needs", added Frank Kern, General Manager Strategic Outsourcing, IBM Global Services EMEA. -ends- Notes to the Editor: ABOUT AVENTIS CROPSCIENCE Aventis CropScience is a major crop protection and crop production company, which is also involved in top ranking environmental and public health activities. Committed to developing sustainable agriculture world-wide, Aventis CropScience focuses on researching, developing and marketing innovative solutions that meet the needs of today's farming - healthy crops, increased yields, improved crop and food quality - whilst constantly striving to meet the needs of the environment With 2000 sales of 4,034 million €, Aventis CropScience devotes over 11% of its turnover to the Research and Development of new chemicals, biotechnology and plant varieties. It employs about 14,400 people in more than 120 countries world-wide. For more information on Aventis visit the Web Site http://www.aventis.com ABOUT IBM IBM Global Services is the largest supplier of IT services in the world, with approximately 150 000 specialists in 160 countries. This business area had a revenue of more than USD 30 billion in year 2000. IBM Global Services integrates IBM's wide offer of services, hardware, software and research to solutions aids companies to benefit from the new information technology to the maximum extent. For more information please visit http://www.ibm.com/services. 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