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Nearly 3,000 IT workers affected in Shell outsourcing deal

Royal Dutch Shell will farm out its technology and telecommunications infrastructure in three deals valued at about $4.2 billion. Here's how it affects the company's nearly 3,000 IT workers.

In his ZDNet Between the Lines blog today, Larry Dignan reported that Royal Dutch Shell will farm out its technology and telecommunications infrastructure in three deals valued at about $4.2 billion. Here's an excerpt from his post:

Shell said in a statement that it will outsource its telecommunications and networking to AT&T in a $1.6 billion deal, hosting and storage to T-Systems (a unit of Deutsche Telekom), for $1.6 billion (1 billion euro) and computing support and systems integration to EDS for $1 billion.

For current IT pros working for Shell, the deal breaks down like this:

  • Shell will transfer 1,500 IT workers (contract and full-time) to EDS
  • 560 Shell networking employees will become AT&T employees
  • Shell will transfer 900 employees to T-Systems

Have you, as an IT pro, ever been transferred in such a way? If so, what challenges did you face, both corporate and culturally?

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