German skills clinch LeasePlan deal for CSC

Car fleet finance and management group LeasePlan Australia has signed a three-year contract worth $15 million with CSC, under which the IT services company will provide application management and support services for LeasePlan's SAP customer relationship management leasing system.

Car fleet finance and management group LeasePlan Australia has signed a three-year contract worth $15 million with CSC, under which the IT services company will provide application management and support services for LeasePlan's SAP customer relationship management leasing system.

CSC plans to steady the performance of the systems and roll out a shared services model to the company's 30 global subsidiaries.

Although CSC didn't have any Australian human resources with experience in the leasing application, it was able to source an expert from its German operations to fly down and work with LeasePlan for six months while CSC takes over the support and management services. The expert will be available in the future if needed.

LeasePlan Australia managing director, Spiro Haralambopoulos, said this had been a deal clincher.

"CSC was selected following a rigorous review process. CSC's unique selling point was the differentiation they were able to leverage via CSC's global SAP Finance Leasing Centre of Excellence based out of Germany," he said in a statement.

LeasePlan has almost 400 staff, and manages around 90,000 vehicles, many for the Commonwealth Government, which uses it as a preferred fleet management partner.

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