IBM Expands European IT Services Capabilities with Danish Acquisitions

Big Blue buys Maersk Data, DMdata as it moves into the business performance transformation services arena

Big Blue buys Maersk Data, DMdata as it moves into the business performance transformation services arena

Copenhagen — December 1, 2004 — IBM has completed its acquisition of Danish companies Maersk Data and DMdata in a move that Big Blue believes presents a multi-billion dollar emerging market opportunity as the company moves aggressively into the business performance transformation services arena.

IBM also said that it has completed new contracts worth in excess of $1 billion with A.P. Moller - Maersk, one of the world's largest container shipping companies, and Danske Bank, one of the largest banks in the Nordics, for the provision of consulting and IT services.

Maersk Data has extensive consulting capabilities in the transportation and logistics industry as well as in public sector, healthcare and food and agriculture. "This acquisition will significantly enhance IBM's transformational consulting capabilities in a number of industries such as the broad transportation and logistics area, enabling IBM to help its clients with their most complex, global logistics challenges," Big Blue said in announcing the deal.

Founded in 1970, Maersk Data has built a strong regional presence in the Nordics and has extended its operations to the United States and the Asia-Pacific region. IBM will establish a Global Transport and Logistics Competence Center by combining its existing consulting capabilities and the expertise of Maersk Data Transport to benefit A.P. Moller - Maersk and other global clients. The center will operate as a virtual community, harnessing the specialist skills and talents of consultants around the world to address specific client problems in more than 160 countries.

DMdata was established seven years ago in a merger of the IT operations of Maersk Data and Danske Bank. It has established itself as an IT services company, providing IT services and facilities management, as well as network operations, to clients in such areas as transportation, financial services, retail and the public sector. "The acquisition of DMdata and its capabilities to manage complex IT infrastructures will enable IBM to establish an On Demand Delivery Center to serve IBM's clients in Europe, Middle East and Africa," IBM said in its statement on the deal.

IBM will provide A.P Moller - Maersk with management consulting, application development and management services, in addition to IT Infrastructure services across all platforms. IBM has for some time been running a large global SAP finance implementation project for A.P Moller ­ Maersk and will now also be responsible for integrating it with the current legacy systems run by Maersk Data.

Danske Bank has selected IBM to manage its worldwide IT infrastructure. As part of the agreement, IBM will provide an infrastructure that will support new technologies to enable Danske Bank to improve service levels and operate with more flexibility. The agreement covers servers, storage, security management, disaster recovery and technical program management.

The acquisitions, IBM said, will increase its capabilities in serving clients in the transportation and logistics industry globally while also enhancing its capabilities in areas such as financial services, public sector, healthcare and the food and agriculture industries. The transaction recently received approval from European regulatory authorities. Terms of the acquisitions were not disclosed.

"Being awarded important contracts such as these is a strong endorsement of IBM's experience and track record in delivering IT services to clients across Europe," said Dominique Cerutti, general manager for IBM Global Services in Europe, Middle East and Africa. "Equally important is our acquisition of Maersk Data and DMdata, as it will strengthen our ability to deliver solutions that will enable clients in a number of industries to transform their business."
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