Retail chain Myer will outsource its IT
operations to IBM in a five-year deal announced yesterday.
"Under the scope of the contract, IBM will supply a range of
IT services to Myer, including AS400 support, mid-range services,
data networking, desktop, applications maintenance and
development and helpdesk services," the retain chain said in a
The Myer chain was bought from Coles Myer (CML) in March this
year for AU$1,400 million by a consortium including Texas Pacific
Group, NewBridge Capital and the Myer family's company.
Coles Myer has been providing IT services and support to the
new Myer group in a transitional arrangement since that time,
Myer's statement said.
"Our IT relationship with CML has been extremely professional
and they have assisted us during the tender process, and will
continue to work with Myer over the next 12 months as we
transition selected IT components over to IBM," Myer chief
executive Bernie Brookes said in the statement.
The statement added Myer would continue to have "direct
commercial arrangements" with all of its other current IT
third-party vendors, although they were not named.
The value of the contract was not disclosed.