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Deutsche Post World Net and HP sign letter of intent to transfer global IT functions

(PresseBox) (Bonn, ) Deutsche Post World Net, the world’s leading logistics group, and HP today announced that they have signed a letter of intent to transfer responsibility for parts of Deutsche Post World Net’s global IT operations to HP Services.

Under the terms of the agreement, Deutsche Post World Net expects to save at least 1 billion euros over the next seven years by driving down overall IT costs and better leveraging IT resources needed to run the business and service customers. The companies expect to reach a definitive agreement by mid 2008.

If an agreement is reached, HP would take over the approximately 2,500 employees who currently provide the services for Deutsche Post World Net’s data center operations -- including information & data management, infrastructure & network management, and application management. Specifically this would cover IT operations in Prague, the Czech Republic, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Cyberjaya, Malaysia, as well as in a number of European countries.

All applications used by Deutsche Post World Net customers will continue to be designed, developed and governed internally, including IT security standards and their implementation. Deutsche Post World Net will also retain the Professional Services and Customer Integration Supply Management components of its IT Services unit, including project management, project consulting, application development and deployment services, as well as electronic data integration for its messaging and supply chain programs.

"We are constantly looking for new ways to reduce costs and improve the quality of the services that we provide to our customers," said John Allan, Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Post World Net. "This initiative would significantly contribute to achieving our business objectives, while preserving the high level of service that our customers expect."

Managing and transforming IT infrastructures and data centers are core competences of HP, not only at customers but also within the company. HP has distinctive knowledge and experience in transforming IT environments to support Deutsche Post World Net for better business outcomes.

"HP has a high level of understanding of Deutsche Post World Net’s IT environment, organization and culture, which has been developed over a 15-year relationship," said Francesco Serafini, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, HP EMEA. "With our highly experienced services professionals and global capabilities, we propose to deliver a more simplified and flexible IT infrastructure that would deliver true business value and effectiveness, a better return on IT and reduced operational costs."

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