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InBev is to outsource its Information Technology infrastructure to IBM and BT. The brewer announced today (1 July) that Data Centre, Workplace & Services will be managed by IBM, while BT will execute services in the area of Network and Voice.
The transfer of 166 people to IBM and BT is involved and covers more than 25 countries.

The transfer of people and commencement of the services is foreseen for today, except for Russia and Ukraine, where this will happen on 1 August. The transfer in Germany will happen in 2007.

The contract enables InBev to gain flexibility, rationalise its IT costs and move to a standard and global IT platform, the company said.

"This is an important part of InBev's Biggest-to-Best vision and strategy," said Jacques Purnode, InBev's VP Global Infrastructure, Services & Operations. "It is targeted to capitalise on the potential for global efficiencies and will provide the flexibility for future growth.

"Ensuring appropriate arrangements for people who are transferring to our partners has been an important element of the agreement."

Francois Barrault, president of BT International, added: "As the world's leading brewer, producing and distributing some extremely famous brands across all continents, InBev is facing the challenges and opportunities of the digital networked economy. The communications infrastructure is a key enabler for success in this environment.

"InBev's main drivers to look for an outsourced solution were to increase focus on its own core business, to create the best opportunities for its employees within reliable organisations, a better performing and optimal infrastructure and additional cost savings. BT is proud to have been trusted with the full management of InBev's communications assets and resources."

The total value of the two contracts is approximately €400m. Total one-off costs relating to this outsourcing decision will approximately be €40m. The average expected EBITDA improvement will be between €20m and €25m for the duration of the contract.


Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: Anheuser-Busch InBev

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