in brief Qantas today confirmed it had finalised a
closely watched IT outsourcing arrangement with IBM which will see
around 200 staff offered a position with Big Blue.
A spokeswoman for the airline confirmed the arrangement this
afternoon but could not provide further detail. The positions are
mainly to come from Qantas' IT program delivery team. The contract
was flagged as a potential option back in June.
The news of the formal sign-off comes after the airline's
executive manager of corporate services and technology David Hall
publicly laid out his vision for a more streamlined IT department
at the airline that would move past what he described as its
"transactional and sometimes antagonistic relationship" with other
Qantas had gradually cut its IT department headcount from about
1400 back in 1997 to a total of 375 today.