Allianz to hand over their IT operations to IBM

by Volker Weber

MUNICH, Germany - 20 Dec 2013: Today, Allianz and IBM (NYSE: IBM) concluded an agreement in Munich regarding support for the operation of Allianz's data centers. IBM will be acting as the global provider of IT operation services for Allianz in effect from April 1, 2014, supporting the transformation of the company's global IT infrastructure. Allianz expects to have completed the transfer to the new IT infrastructure and its operation in full by the end of 2017.

That's almost four years of transition.

Allianz currently has 140 data centers worldwide and plans to consolidate and reduce these to six data centers.

Prediction: they will find a lot more data centers than 140 and they will also find out that six are not enough.


That's not hard to predict :-) Furthermore, it will cost more than expected and user satisfaction will drop by large amount.

Julian Buss, 2013-12-21 19:30

Julian, ich sehe das genauso... unklar ist mir nur, wieso die sogenannten Führungskräfte bei der Allianz das nicht wissen, ist es doch ein alter Hut... echt traurig.

Hubert Stettner, 2013-12-21 20:52

Das ist doch ganz einfach, in vier Jahren haben die Führungskräfte ihre Boni schon ausgegeben und sind woanders. Wichtig ist das die Zahlen jetzt gut aussehen.

Ich denke mal in den 140+x RZ steht überwiegend schwarze Hardware. IBM wird vermutlich zumindest einen Teil davon zurück kaufen und an die Allianz vermieten. Das ist super für den Cashflow und die Ersparnis bei der Hardware maintenance allein lässt Lotto Gewinner alt aussehen.

Natürlich sind die Zahlen super.....

Max Nierbauer, 2013-12-21 23:00

Given how one of their previous massive collaborations worked out, this should be interesting… :-D

Ben Poole, 2013-12-22 12:09

It'll cost more than expected, but only after several years have passed. The problem for the customer is that IT doesn't stand still, and changes after the contract has been signed are always more expensive than they would have been, had they been foreseen when the original contract was signed.

John Keys, 2013-12-22 20:43

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