IBM’s Rebirth from Purchasing Lufthansa’s IT Infrastructure Services

10月23日德国汉莎航空公司(Lufthansa)表示,作为公司重组计划的一部分,将把旗下IT基础设施部门出售给IBM,其中包括服务外包协议。 CPU Channel, October 23:Lufthansa said today that they would sell it’s IT Infrastructure Services to IBM as a part of corporate reorganization plan, including a service outsourcing agreement.


As the biggest airline in Europe in terms of revenue, Lufthansa currently is under going reorganization and cost cutting so as to compete better with some low-cost airlines.


The business of Lufthansa’s IT Infrastructure Services includes data centre, network, telephone service and etc. Since the massivehigh-density investment is unaffordable to Lufthansa, Lufthansa had indicated earlier this year that they were looking for a buyer for the division.


According to the present preliminary agreement,Lufthansa will outsource all IT infrastructure services to IBM for 7 years. Meanwhile, IBM will take over it’s IT Infrastructure Services.



IBM has undergone poor performance

Just two days ago, IBM released the Q3 financial report up to September 30, 2014. As shown in the report,the revenue and net profit are 22.4 billion and 18 million USD, falling by 4% and 99.6% on a year-on-year basis respectively.


IBM explained the poor performance in Q3 in mainly due to the depressed macro economy which has led consumers to stop buying new services and shift their demands for new technologies quickly to Internet-based services.


As indicated by Lufthansa, this transaction will bring the company a nonrecurring pre-tax expense of 240 million Euros. But it will not affect it’s operating results of 2014. After selling this division to IBM, Lufthansa will obtain a saving of 70 million Euros per year in IT costs.

IT基础设施部门隶属于汉莎航空公司系统部门(Lufthansa Systems),汉莎航空公司计划将系统部门重组为三部分:基础设施航空解决方案行业解决方案。出售基础设施部门后,汉莎航空公司将保留后两项业务。

The IT Infrastructure Services isaffiliated to Lufthansa Systems which, in Lufthansa’s plan, will be reorganizedinto three divisions: Infrastructure ServicesAviation Solutions and Industry Solutions.Lufthansa will keep the latter two businesses after selling the Infrastructure Services.


The 1400-staffed Infrastructure Services division provides 40% of Lufthansa Systems’ overall revenue (about 883.4million USD), but only 25% of its overall profit.The reorganization of Lufthansa Systems will be finished in Q1 of 2015, and the selling of Infrastructure Services is expected to be completed in March 31, 2015.Except for IBM, HP and Atos, an IT service company from France, also show interest in purchasing this division.




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