Wipro partners Akzo Nobel in IT infrastructure management across multiple locations in US and Europe

Wipro Technologies, the global IT services division of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) today announced that it has signed a three year, multi-million Euro agreement with Akzo Nobel NV (NASDAQ: AKZOY, Amsterdam: 0AKZO.AS), an international company active in the areas of pharmaceuticals, coatings and chemicals.

Wipro Technologies will help Akzo Nobel Chemicals implement their idea of creating a shared IT environment by providing infrastructure management services for distributed data centers across multiple locations in the US and Europe with the objective of the operational management with one supplier and by optimizing the number of data centers throughout Akzo Nobel. The company will also use its global delivery platform and stringent quality procedures to maintain and enhance a wide range of applications like SAP.

Wipro was chosen for their ability to understand our idea of a shared IT environment and design a solution which would provide us with the best returns. said Gerard Helmink, CIO, Akzo Nobel Chemicals. In addition, the ease of doing business with Wipro is recognized and appreciated highly. During all the phases of the bid process Wipro delivered adequate responses; they listen carefully and act accordingly.

Akzo Nobel NV, based in the Netherlands, serves customers throughout the world with healthcare products, coatings and chemicals. Consolidated sales for 2004 were Euro 12.7 billion. The company currently employs approximately 64,500 people in more than 80 countries.

We are proud to be entering into a relationship with Akzo Nobel and look forward to working with them. said NS Bala, Vice President, Manufacturing Solutions, Wipro Technologies. We hope to design solutions which will help them take their strategy of shared services to the next level.

Wipro was recently ranked in the fast followers category in a recent research report from IDC, titled European Managed Services - 2004 Competitive Landscape (IDC #RI14L, November 2004). IDC considers fast followers, such as Wipro, to be influential in setting new standards in the industry. Wipro was also recognized for being proactive, having a strong vision and strategy in place.

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