Attenda and Sun Microsystems sign £4m agreement with Avis Europe
The first Sun Service Fabrics managed services contract in Europe
London July 28th - Attenda and Sun Microsystems today announced an agreement with Avis Europe to manage three enterprise applications including a wireless application for Avis Europe's rental locations, a Peoplesoft implementation including finance, HR, CRM, portal, and EPM modules, and Avis' public internet site www.avis.co.uk.
Following an evaluation process involving five companies including IBM Global Services, the Attenda/Sun consortium was chosen to provide the selective outsourcing agreement, ensuring that Avis Europe do not have to invest in a pan European IT capability. The 3-year contract provides Avis Europe with guaranteed availability and performance of their application infrastructure against a fixed price.
The deal is structured under Sun’s new Service Fabrics framework with Sun acting as general contractor and Attenda providing the specialist services required to fulfil the contract terms.
Mitu Sridhara, VP of Information Technology at Avis Europe said “The arrangement provides us with the best of both worlds by gaining the security of contracting with a multi-national corporation with the service quality and pricing traditionally only available from a local specialist.” He continues “The selective outsourcing agreement means that we only outsource those elements of IT that we want allowing us to retain control of our overall IT strategy.”
Jon Ford, SunTone Business Manager at Sun Microsystems said “Service Fabrics is an approach that allows Sun to propose complex managed service solutions by building on the service strengths of our wide range of iForce and SunTone certified partners. The agility and knowledge of Attenda's team combined with the stability and expertise of Sun was a winning combination.”
David Godwin, VP Sales at Attenda comments “Sun chose to partner with Attenda because of our unique Attenda M.O. delivery platform which allows mid market companies to achieve operational efficiencies that have previously only been available to the largest companies in the world.” He continues, “We look forward to continuing to work with Sun on similar projects.”
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About Attenda Limited
Attenda is Europe’s leading specialist in operating enterprise and Internet applications. We enable clients to selectively outsource their IT operations and re-focus on using IT to add strategic value to their business. Through a commitment to operational excellence, we manage, secure and optimise the performance of their applications, irrespective of the physical location of the infrastructure, either in Attenda’s data centres or elsewhere.
Attenda is able to significantly reduce the cost of a client’s IT operations. With over 5 years’ investment into Attenda M.O., Attenda’s operations platform, we provide the people, process and technology to deliver exceptionally high service levels, but at a cost that is amortised across Attenda’s entire client base – currently, 75 of the UK’s leading companies.
The company enjoys substantial financial backing, the industry’s leading accreditations and an unrivalled portfolio of clients including easyCar, Compass Group, Debenhams, Microsoft and Sun. Attenda is BS7799 accredited, an HP SP Signature Partner, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner (Advanced Infrastructure competency) and a SunTone accredited SunOne managed service provider. Attenda is one of only seven companies to have been ranked in the UK’s Sunday Times ARM Tech Track 100 for three consecutive years.
For further details, visit www.attenda.net or contact
Neal Gandhi +44 (0)1784 211100
About Avis Europe
Avis Europe (FTSE: AVE) is the leading car rental company in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. It is part of a global Avis network in 160 countries and almost 5000 locations providing car rental to business and leisure travellers. The network generates revenue of over €2.2 billion through wholly owned subsidiaries and an extensive network of licensee partners.
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