Brakes Group, a supplier to the foodservice sector, has signed a 10-year contract worth more than £50m with Atos Origin, an IT services company. Under the new contract, Atos Origin will manage all of Brakes IT infrastructure and applications including servers, service desks and its SAP business support systems for human resources (HR), finance and supply chain.
The Brakes Group has been serving the foodservice industry for over 50 years, with a team of over 9,000 people in over 70 locations throughout the UK, Ireland and France.
This new contract builds on the longstanding partnership between Brakes and Atos Origin to extend the IT contract originally signed in 2003. It follows Brakes expansion into new markets – France and Ireland – and its rapid growth through acquisition over the last six years to an organisation with a turnover of £2.5bn today. The new contract will enable Brakes to better exploit new technologies, such as virtualisation and cloud computing in order to continue to efficiently and effectively support its growing business.
“As our IT partner, we need Atos Origin to play a critical role in supporting and enabling our business growth as we expand into new markets,” said Matthew Fearn, group chief financial officer (CFO) at Brakes. “We are hoping that by stepping up Atos Origin’s management of our IT, we can focus on delivering great food to our customers.”
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