ABN Amro signs contract with top IT-vendors

In one of the largest outsourcing deal, ABN Amro bank has signed a 1.8 billion Euro contract with five IT-vendors.

business Updated: Sep 02, 2005 16:49 IST

In one of the largest outsourcing deal, ABN Amro bank has signed a 1.8 billion Euro contract with five IT-vendors including Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and IBM.

TCS and Infosys, India's two largest private IT companies, would provide application support and enhancement to ABN Amro bank for its worldwide operations, while IBM has been selected for IT infrastructure, according to ABN Amro bank's notification to Amsterdam Stock Exchange. All five vendors - TCS, Infosys, IBM, Patni Computers and Accenture have been selected to supply application development.

According to Infosys this is the single largest multi-year multi-million Euro contract ever won by the company and the company's share of the overall contract includes committed volumes in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. "This is a landmark deal for Infosys," Nandan Nilekani, CEO, President and Managin Director of Infosys, said. This deal clearly indicates that large offshore players like Infosys have a competitive business model to deliver large, global, multi-year contract.

The five-year outsourcing contract with IBM would oversee IT infrastructure services for the bank worldwide. Under the agreement, the company is expected to assume management of the majority of ABN Amro's worldwide information technology systems including servers, storage systems and desktops.

The only exception is the IT infrastructure of the business unit wholesale clients, which was already outsourced to EDS in 2003, the bank said in its notice to Amsterdam Stock Exchange. For the application support and enhancements to the bank, TCS and Infosys have been allocated to maintain selected applications across business units to serve bank appropriately.

After September 1, the planning for phased transition commencement dates is expected for application support and enhancement, subject to consent of local regulators, the bank said, adding the implementation of the agreements will be phased over 18 months.

In addition, ABN Amro has chosen Accenture, IBM, Infosys, Patni and TCS as its preferred vendors for application development. These vendors would develop new applications across all business units of the bank.

TCS, in a notice to the stock exchange, said that the landmark engagement is expected to generate committed revenues of over 200 million Euros for the company, in the next five years.

"This is the largest deal won by an Indian IT services company ever," TCS said in the notice. Announcing the signing of a five-year global deal to develop, support and enhance a wide spectrum of applications for ABN Amro, Infosys said: "Following a competitive tender, ABN Amro Bank has reached an agreement with the selected IT vendors to improve the performance of its IT services and realize significant efficiencies across the global IT organization."

First Published: Sep 01, 2005 14:02 IST