Fujitsu will host Microsoft collaborative services for Westpac after the bank confirmed it would dump the use of IBM’s Lotus Notes system in May.
Thanks to its merge with St. George Bank in 2008, Westpac had ended up with a mixed bag of desktop software among its staff. Lotus Notes, Novell GroupWise and Microsoft Exchange were all in use.
Fujitsu teamed up with Westpac’s outsourcing partner, IBM, for this new multimillion dollar deal.
Westpac will now be migrating from IBM’s Lotus Notes along with Novell GroupWise to a hosted Microsoft Collaboration Software bundle. This software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering includes the latest Exchange for email and messaging, Sharepoint for document sharing and collaboration, Lync 2010 for unified communications and Mobile Device Management.
Fujitsu will be delivering services to 30,000-50,000 users and the solution is scalable. Implementation is set to be completed by March 2012.
This is the biggest SaaS contract for the IT services provider in Australia.
Fujitsu will be doing the majority of the rollout but will do some work with IBM as it concerns integration with the wider IT services Big Blue delivers to Westpac.
For the IT services provider, this is deal signals confidence in cloud services.
“We are seeing the adoption of cloud across the whole market from large enterprises right down to ISVs and resellers,” Fujitsu cloud group executive director, Cameron McNaught, said. “For Fujitsu, it reaffirms our investment in cloud in Australia.”
He cited security and data sovereignty as some of the reasons Westpac picked Fujitsu.
“The data will be held in Australia,” McNaught said.
The IT service provider launched its business global cloud services in Australia in March to target the enterprise market.