Getronics, the Global ICT Services Company, today announced that Barclays has selected it as a strategic partner to provide desktop and application management support to over 30,000 users, the majority of which are in the United Kingdom. The win will see Getronics become a key strategic partner of Barclays, providing a greater range of services spanning its portfolio, including workspace management, technology transformation and application services. The five-year contract is valued at approximately EUR 200 million and begins in February 2006.
This major international contract win represents the Company's largest ever Financial Services deal. The contract will be serviced primarily out of the United Kingdom but involving support from its Spanish operations and its Global Service Centre in Budapest. In 2005, Getronics strengthened its UK operations with the acquisition of PinkRoccade and with a number of new appointments to its UK management team.
Paul Idzik, Chief Operating Officer of Barclays said: “As part of our continuous assessment of IT support to meet the changing needs of our business, we have reviewed our current supplier arrangements. Getronics was a logical choice due to its 18 year track record with Barclays and its validated positive experience with transitioning and supporting other clients in the financial services sector." Paul Idzik continued: “Getronics’ workspace and application management services provide us with the support and flexibility we need to continue to evolve and optimise our IT environment cost effectively.”
In order to meet the requirements that Barclays places upon its networks, the bank needed to engage the services of a company that understands the financial services sector, is flexible and has in-depth experience and knowledge of ICT. The project will be rolled out in two phases. The first will focus on the transition of current technology and business practices. This will be followed by the installation and integration of new technology in order to improve the efficiency of the workspace management system.
Klaas Wagenaar, Chairman and CEO of Getronics commented: “Workspace management and application services are our core business. We understand the drivers and challenges our clients face. We ensure our clients remain in control of their business while we deliver the level of service they require. The Barclays contract is particularly exciting for us as it endorses the success of our strengthened service portfolio and validates our strategic focus. We look forward to the continual evolution of our relationship with Barclays and helping the bank realise its future technology vision.”
About Barclays Bank Plc
Barclays is a UK-based financial services group, with an international presence in Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia. It is engaged primarily in banking, investment banking and investment management. In terms of market capitalization, Barclays is one of the largest financial services companies in the world. Barclays has been involved in banking for over 300 years and operates in over 60 countries with more than 110,500 permanent employees.
With some 27,000 employees in over 30 countries and approximate revenues of EUR 3 billion, Getronics (getronics.com) is one of the world's leading providers of vendor independent Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions and services., Getronics designs, builds, deploys and manages flexible and innovative end-to-end solutions, working together with our partners and clients, in order to optimise and increase the productivity of our client’s mobile knowledge workers. Getronics headquarters are in Amsterdam, with regional offices in Boston, Madrid and Singapore. Getronics' shares are traded on Euronext Amsterdam ("GTN").
About Getronics UK
Getronics is one of the UK's leading Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies with over 2,000 highly skilled employees. In the UK, the company specialises in the financial services, retail and telecommunications markets. Through integration and infrastructure management services along with best practice consultancy and education, the company helps many of the world's largest organisations to maximise the value of their technology investment. Getronics UK clients include Alliance & Leicester, AXA Technology, Barclays, BT, Clarks, Dell, Derbyshire Building Society, Discovery Networks Europe, HBoS, T-Mobile, Thomas Cook, Superdrug and Woolworths.