Nycomed, Janssen both ink IT outsourcing contracts

By Kirsty Barnes

- Last updated on GMT

Nycomed has enlisted British Telecommunications (BT) and Hewlett
Packard (HP) to provide it with IT infrastructure services, while
Janssen Pharmaceutica has recruited Porthus to manage all its
electronic customs needs in Belgium.

The financial terms of both deals were not disclosed. Under the five year arrangement inked with the Swiss pharma company, BT and HP will jointly manage Nycomed's IT infrastructure requirements across international networks, under an alliance that BT and HP have in place in order to provide a full IT and telecommunications service capability in a single service offering. For its part, HP will manage Nycomed's data centres, including more than 450 servers and 120 terabytes (TB) of storage and back-up facilities, and will also provide workplace solutions for 10,000 workstations in over 50 countries, along with other functions such as email migration. At the same time, BT will provide the pharma firm with multi-protocol label switching - wide area network (MPLS-WAN) services, internet bandwidth for Nycomed's global hubs, and remote access services for 6,500 users. "Nycomed is taking advantage of the BT HP Alliance's economies of scale, skilled staff and industrialisation of operations to consolidate and rationalise our infrastructure services and technology infrastructure​," said Agnetha Mattisson, senior vice president, Corporate IS/IT at Nycomed. "Together we will establish a robust and scalable environment that will support Nycomed's goals to grow the business.​" Meanwhile, Janssen Pharmaceutica has recruited Belgian IT solutions provider Porthus to manage all its customs needs in the country - namely import, export and transit declarations - in an electronic fashion, in order to simplify and streamline the supply chain processes. Under the terms of the agreement, Porthus will deliver its OnDemand electronic customs solution to Janssen, which will be hosted and managed at the Porthus data center. Luc Peeters, senior manager of Distribution & Logistic Services, Global Pharmaceutical Supply Group at Janssen said: "We opted for Porthus.net Customs for its multi-country approach, which will allow us to expand to other European countries using the same solution, within the scope of one service level agreement. We will be able to comply with all European customs rules, using one single application.​" In addition to this, Janssen said it also selected Porthus' system because it allows easy integration with the company's core business systems to increase overall efficiency; it will support the process of harmonising and simplifying customs procedures and processes across the regions where Janssen operates; and it will allow the firm to predict and thus optimise costs related to customs operations.

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