Sungard Availability Services Announces a Strategic Ten Year Partnership with John Menzies PLC

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore January 29, 2016 21:52

Sungard Availability Services Announces a Strategic Ten Year Partnership with John Menzies PLC

Sungard Availability Services, a provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, has announced the signing of a ten year strategic partnership with global airline services and major logistics supplier John Menzies for the provision of IT services. The partnership will enable John Menzies to transform its current IT infrastructure by leveraging Sungard AS’ global data centre, cloud infrastructure and network management capabilities, and its extensive experience in delivering global managed IT solutions.

Building on its current IT infrastructure, John Menzies will use the IT environment as a foundation for further investment in innovative IT and business systems to create strategic differentiation and enhanced operational performance and customer experience.

As part of the multi-million pound contract, Sungard AS will take on responsibility for John Menzies’ IT network and effect a full transformation of its services to cloud-based solutions.

The first phase of the project has commenced with the successful migration of Menzies’ SAP environment recovery services into Sungard AS’ main UK data centre. Subsequent phases will include data centre consolidation, enterprise managed services and network managed services – all underpinned by a cloud enablement strategy.

Steve Rick, Senior Vice President of John Menzies, commented: “This strategic partnership represents a significant step forward for Menzies, and provides a new platform for further development and innovation. The excellent scalability of Sungard AS’ IT solutions provides us with a cost effective way to scale up to meet our business demands, and the consultancy we receive provides a high return on investment. We are confident that this joint programme will support our continued focus on improving our customers’ experience, and we are delighted to work with a global partner with an excellent track record for IT excellence and strategy.”

Keith Tilley, EVP Global Sales and Customer Services Management for Sungard AS added: “Sungard Availability Services has built its success on delivering strong strategic partnerships with forward-thinking organisations like Menzies. With many companies now updating their IT estates by venturing into the cloud on top of their legacy systems, we have seen some fall prey to complexity, which in turn is stifling innovation. However our recent research into this issue found that more than half of businesses saw great successes from working with a partner; including an increase in business agility, improvements in customer service, and the speed of product developments. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work so closely with Menzies to build a model and methodology that will not just deliver, but truly power the mission critical IT systems that support their global customers’ needs.”

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore January 29, 2016 21:52