IBM And InBev Sign 250 Million Euro Strategic Worldwide Agreement

IBM supports InBev’s business transformation strategy

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Brussels - 30 Jun 2005: IBM today announced an agreement worth almost 250 million euro with brewer InBev. The contract covers the management of InBev's IT infrastructure in more than 25 countries around the globe.

InBev is the leading global brewer by volume, running operations in over 30 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. InBev has a portfolio of over 200 brands, including Stella Artois®, Brahma® and Beck's®, and holds the number 1 or 2 position in over twenty markets. The contract with IBM enables InBev to gain flexibility, rationalize its IT costs and move to a standard and global IT platform.

"Leading companies like InBev are increasingly using our transformation services as a tool to become more flexible and develop their competitive situation while focusing on their core competencies. In this case, InBev needed a dedicated partner with worldwide capabilities to optimize its efficiency and reduce its costs." explains Bart Van Den Meersche, Country General Manager of IBM Belgium and Luxemburg.

The agreement with IBM will create a flexible and standardized global IT environment and IBM will manage and renew InBev's Workplace and Data Centre infrastructure. The service and help desk operations will be consolidated into a standard service desk using Integrated Delivery Centers and all current InBev Data Centers will be centralized into four IBM Global Data Centers located in Brazil, Korea, Belgium and the USA.

IT Infrastructure Management will be managed globally with local execution in the more than 25 countries covered by the agreement. More than 2,000 servers will be consolidated into best of breed technologies, reducing the number of servers needed to 500. BT will manage the WAN and LAN network, voice and telephony services, as well as Internet access.

The project begins on July 1 2005. 166 InBev IT staff will transfer to IBM and BT.

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