HP and BT have expanded their alliance to meet growing customer demands for standardized and flexible collaborative IT and network services around the globe.
The strengthened alliance positions the two companies as partners in the management of outsourced IT and network services a strategy that has attracted more than $1.5 billion in contract revenue since 2004 and more than 25 customers, including FirstGroup, Aker Kvaerner and Anglo-American.
Customers increasingly require additional capabilities from both companies to help transform their IT environments, drive innovation across their operations and improve business effectiveness and efficiency. The companies’ chief executive officers, Mark Hurd of HP and Ben Verwaayen of BT, discussed these opportunities with an audience of more than 100 global chief information officers and corporate customers in Budapest and Valencia, on the third anniversary of the alliance.
The enhanced offerings are based on the ITIL-based integrated services architecture that has been developed by the alliance and enables customers to reduce risk and shorten the time to implement changes in their IT environments. These offerings will help customers provision global converged network and IT solutions, from the desktop to the data center.
As part of a multi-year agreement, HP will provide BT with the IT infrastructure components of servers, storage, software and services to accelerate and expand BT’s service transformation. HP also will help BT transform its IT infrastructure into a service-oriented architecture to support new customer business models.
In parallel, BT becomes a key enabler of HP’s own global IT transformation project, which is focused on improving service and reducing costs, by providing and managing high-performance connectivity between HP’s consolidated U.S. data centers and 143 sites in Europe, the Middle East and Africa .