HP, NEC Ready Outsourcing Offering
Companies plan to offer services along the Pacific Rim, while EDS wins $4.5 billion Bank of America contract.As a potential new outsourcing powerhouse combination arrives on the scene, an existing outsourcing giant is winning new business. Hewlett-Packard Co. and NEC Corp. on Thursday announced an alliance to jointly provide outsourcing services to enterprises in China, Japan and the United States, with future offerings targeting Southeast Asia and Europe. News of the deal came on the same day that Electronic Data Systems Corp. announced a $4.5 billion, 10-year deal to manage Bank of Americas networks. HP and NEC will establish a joint marketing team and expect to deliver a range of services from limited managed services to full-scale outsourced management of an enterprises IT systems. HP brings a service management methodology and operation management centers to the partnership, while NECs strength lies in its outsourcing and development experience, the two companies said.
In addition, officials said that HP, of Palo Alto, Calif., and Tokyo-based NEC had complementary geographic coverage. HP Services has 65,000 employees in 160 countries.