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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