Out and About

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2004-03-29 Print this article Print

Out and About

Procter & Gamble will hand its transactional accounts payable operations to its big outsourcing partner Hewlett-Packard. The two companies signed a 10-year, $3 billion deal nearly a year ago. The accounts payable contract will be for several hundred million dollars, according to Joe Hogan, vice president of managed services marketing at HP. In November, IBM won a big deal to outsource P&Gs human resources systems.

Computer Sciences Corp. is hammering out a major IT infrastructure support contract with Sears, Roebuck. In a deal that is expected to be signed by the end of June, CSC would provide Sears with desktops, servers and systems support for Sears Web sites. Also included would be voice and data networks, help desk, risk management, asset management and decision support. Value: $200 million for up to 10 years. About 260 Sears employees will go to work for CSC.

Atos Origin will be handling IT integration tasks for the Olympic Games in Athens this year; in Turin, Italy, in 2006; and in Beijing in 2008. Atos, based in Paris, took on the responsibilities when it completed its acquisition of SchlumbergerSema earlier this year.

Electronic Data Systems sold its UGS PLM (product lifecycle management) solutions subsidiary to a private equity group consisting of Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners and Warburg Pincus for $2.05 billion in cash. EDS spun off the unit to focus on its core IT and business process outsourcing business, officials said.

Stan Gibson can be reached at stan_gibson@ziffdavis.com.

Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on Zcast.tv. He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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