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IBM Signs EURO 1.5 Billion Contract with ABN AMRO to Manage Infrastructure Services


Global Agreement Includes New Innovation Center to Develop Highly-Advanced IT Services to Support New Financial Products

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Sept. 1, 2005 -- IBM announced today that it has signed a global contract with Dutch global bank ABN AMRO to implement an on-demand IT infrastructure that will enable the bank to more rapidly roll out additional services while significantly reducing IT costs. The contract, worth about EURO 1.5 billion over 5 years, supports ABN AMRO operations worldwide and represents the most extensive rollout of IBM’s data center automation technology, called Universal Management Infrastructure.

As part of the contract, IBM will establish an Innovation Center to develop highly advanced IT services to support new financial products.

IBM will support ABN AMRO desktop PCs as well as associated printers and PDAs, freeing the bank from maintaining and updating these systems. The end users will be supported by IBM’s global help desk, providing a single point of contact for bank employees.

“In the world of modern banking, technology drives customer satisfaction as well as bottom line results,” said Hugh Scott Barrett, COO and Managing Board Member, ABN AMRO. “IBM’s technology expertise, in conjunction with its knowledge of the banking industry will underpin the value of this global IT relationship, supporting ABN AMRO in building sustainable competitive growth for the organization.”

Under the contract, IBM will:

Manage core data centers for the bank’s Strategic Business Units, including Commercial and Consumer Clients, Private Clients, Asset Management, and New Growth Markets. Computing platforms include IBM mainframes; IBM, HP and Sun Microsystems UNIX servers; and IBM iSeries servers. ABN AMRO’s infrastructure also includes EMC and IBM storage devices.
Provide application development services.
The bank’s systems are located in three main data centers in Amsterdam, Chicago and Sao Paolo, as well as some smaller centers.
Infrastructure management will be standardized globally using IBM’S Universal Management Infrastructure, an automation technology designed to provide ABN AMRO with benefits including:

Resources on demand - processing power, storage capacity, and networking bandwidth dialed up or down as needs and volumes dictate.
Variable infrastructure pricing - via a sophisticated delivery system that allows ABN AMRO to pay only for computing power it uses.
“ABN AMRO has a long history of innovation and customer service,” said Phil Guido, general manager, financial services sector, IBM Global Services. “Working with IBM, the bank is clearly moving to create a next-generation IT infrastructure, where on demand systems deliver superior performance and new products and services are rolled out faster than ever before.”
Today’s news builds on a number of IT infrastructure management services that IBM is already delivering to ABN AMRO in France and Hong Kong.

The contract is pending certain regulatory and other approvals.

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