Sogeti wins deal to keep IT healthy for Astellas

15 Jan 2007

Astellas, the pharmaceutical firm, has awarded a four-year managed IT service contract to Sogeti Ireland for its manufacturing plants in Dublin and Kerry as well as its affiliate office in Dublin.

Sogeti Ireland, formerly known as Capgemini, will provide IT infrastructure and application management services through a team based on site in Dublin and Kerry, as well as using a SAP Rightshore delivery model. The latter involves using a mix of onshore, offshore and near-shore centres, which it’s believed offers maximum cost and efficiency through economies of scale and consistent processes and productivity.

Astellas’ Irish operations comprise bulk manufacturing and secondary manufacturing facilities in Damastown in west Dublin and Killorglin, Co Kerry respectively.

Billy Greene, head of IT at Astellas Ireland, said the decision to opt for a managed service was a strategic one. “We chose Sogeti because of their demonstrable track record in delivering support for our infrastructure and SAP environment at our Dublin API manufacturing plant and because of the relationship which Sogeti has elsewhere within the Astellas group globally,” he said.

Mark McAleer, business development manager with Sogeti Ireland, said that the enhanced service was something Astellas had been looking to achieve for some time. “Astellas Ireland will have more time now to concentrate on strategic initiatives and core business activities, while at the same time achieving a greater level of service at a better cost,” he commented.

By Gordon Smith