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November 16, 2009

Samlink Signs E55m Strategic Outsourcing Agreement With IBM

Enables Samlink to focus on core IT banking service activities while benefiting from new IBM services technologies

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has signed a seven-year, E55m strategic outsourcing agreement with Samlink, a Finland-based IT banking services provider. Under the agreement, IBM will manage Samlink’s infrastructure services across its data center environment, enabling Samlink to focus on core infrastructure technology (IT) banking service activities while benefiting from new IBM services technologies.

IBM will develop and maintain Samlink’s IT infrastructure, including mainframe, middleware software, server and storage management services. IBM’s next generation services platform provides flexibility for clients to transform and meet the emerging requirements of green IT. IBM will also assist Samlink in generating cost efficiencies, while providing improved business flexibility, reliability, availability and security.

Heikki Sirve, CEO of Samlink, said: We provide IT and product development services for our clients in the Finnish financial industry. To be successful, our clients need high-quality and cost-efficient services. The partnership with IBM will enable us to raise our services to the next level.

Johan Sandell, country general manager of IBM Finland, said: The new outsourcing services contract is designed to help Samlink achieve greater efficiency in their operations by deploying solutions that optimize their IT infrastructure and reduce costs. We will extend beyond current services and focus on providing outsourcing services that enhance the business value of Samlink.

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