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Tesco signs eight-year Microsoft agreement

Friday August 5 2011

UK-based retailer makes strategic commitment to software firm with worldwide agreement

UK-based retailer makes strategic commitment to software firm with worldwide agreement


Tesco announced late yesterday announced it had signed an eight-year software licensing and services agreement with exsiting software supplier, Microsoft.


The global deal is designed to enable Tesco to improve productivity, decision-making, knowledge sharing and operational excellence across the 14 countries where it currently operates.


An announcement about the agreement stated that it will underpin Tesco’s strategic objectives of growing its international presence; expanding its non-food business; and offering a broad selection of retail services such as banking, online and mobile.


“Putting innovative technology in the hands of its customers, staff and suppliers will allow Tesco to get closer to its goals of multichannel retailing and meeting people’s needs as they change,” it stated.


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The agreement will make the latest versions of Microsoft products and services available to Tesco and its affiliates in their head offices, stores, distribution and data centres. The products include Windows, Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, System Center, BizTalk and SQL Server.


Tesco said it is expecting to see immediate value through the deployment of SharePoint, Exchange and Lync to create a new global collaboration platform. This will allow all employees to find specialist skills and share and access knowledge.


“We have lots of colleagues in Tesco, doing lots of jobs all over the world,” says Mike McNamara, group chief information officer at Tesco. “These technologies can help bring us together to share learning and expertise, views and opinions, thoughts and ideas.”


The deal also includes Microsoft Services’ Enterprise Strategy programme. The consulting services this provided with the programme is helping Tesco set strategy and prioritise and deliver projects so risks are minimised and time-to-value is accelerated.