Telecommunications company Cable & Wireless Optus has outsourced its Web site support to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in a deal worth $20 million.
The five-year contract will cover the support and maintenance of various Optus Web sites, as well as the development of applications and infrastructure.
"A key area for CSC initially will be around an infrastructure build," Optus program director Julia Bowen said. "We are going to have new products and services on our Web-based offerings. CSC will be concentrating on building the infrastructure for this, including security. Basically it will be building the core that will be reused as a business intelligence function."
As part of the deal, CSC will employ about 30 Optus Web enablement staff and become the preferred supplier for Web-enabled development and maintenance services. Another 10 team members, mainly involved in architecture and high-level design, will move across to Optus' IT team, Bowen said. "The existing infrastructure will allow rapid application deployment and the ability to operate across different technology platforms, including handheld computers and WAP (wireless application protocol)."
Bowen said Optus would continue to outsource systems development to meet business objectives.