Capgemini to provide cloud computing services to Royal Mail

Six-year money-saving 'pay-as-you-go' contract signed between IT company and public mail group

Capgemini has signed a six-years contract with UK's Royal Mail Group (RMG) to provide cloud computing IT services including business and consumer online services, reducing annual website IT costs and support expansion and diversification into a range of new web-based business opportunities.

Under the terms of the contract, Capgemini will provide cloud computing technology to RMG as a 'smart utility' on a money-saving pay-as-you-go basis. The new technology can be reconfigured to support RMG in launching new business ventures and introducing new services to market.

According to Capgemini, the deal centres on its Infostructure Transformation Services (ITC) and on Immediate, its cloud computing offering which will enable clients to address the design, build and running of their informational structure.

Stuart Curley, chief technology architect at Royal Mail Group, said: "This contract is great news for our business, our customers and our employees.

"Once the migration is complete, we will be paying for the IT we need as and when we need it, so that we can for the first time bring our IT costs firmly in line with revenues.

"Capgemini's services integrator and ecosystem model can also provide access via a single point of contact to a wide range of reliable and pre-vetted IT providers, services and facilities.

"I am confident that this new way to buy IT also gives us a sound basis for cutting our ongoing IT costs, transforming services to customers and supporting new business ventures."