IBM helps Itella Streamline Business Operations with a Private Cloud Solution

Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:00am EDT

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European business services provider to improve agility and time-to-market
HELSINKI,  April 10, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE:  IBM) announced today that
it has signed a seven-year cloud computing agreement with Itella, a leading
provider of business services in  Europe  and  Russia, to streamline its
business operations and improve flexibility and time-to-market. The modern
cloud-based service delivery platform and use of IBM's global industry assets
will enable and expedite Itella's transformation to a more agile enterprise. The
agreement will allow Itella to focus on its core business and develop new
value-add services for its clients.

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Itella provides postal, logistics and financial transaction process services in
Northern and  Central Europe  as well as  Russia. As a services company it has
specialized in managing its client's important information and product
processes. As a result of competition and escalating costs, Itella is now
working with IBM to strengthen the company's competitive advantage and enhance
its business operations as well as improve cost efficiency. More efficient use
of technology is essential to improving its agility and flexibility.  

IBM will build a private cloud to provide hosting as well as application
management and development services to Itella. With the cloud, IBM will automate
basic production of technology services as well as improve the quality and
management of those services.  

"Through this operating model renewal, we can adopt a flexible service delivery
to increase automation and introduce best practices, utilizing IBM's world-class
competence," said  Jukka Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, Itella Mail
Communications. "Through the partnership, we can make our operations more
efficient and cut costs, without compromising our high-quality service."  

Streamlined operations and customer service are designed to result in
significant cost savings and improved quality, as well as faster time-to-market
for new services. The private cloud environment to be built for Itella will
ensure the reliable production and delivery of secure, scalable technology
services both to internal and external customers. To meet Itella's future needs,
the company's current infrastructure will be replaced with modern IBM
technology. In addition to services production, new models for managing
applications will be deployed with the help of IBM.  

"With this collaboration we're building a solid basis for Itella to develop new
business. This partnership demonstrates the trust Itella has placed in IBM,"
said Vice President and leader of strategic partnerships  Jukka Ryhanen, IBM
Finland. "We're happy to be part of this journey towards new business
opportunities where technology is used in an ever smarter and more innovative
way to strengthen competitive advantage."  

About Itella Group

Itella Group provides solutions for managing information and product flows.
Itella operates in the fields of mail communications, logistics, and financial
management in  Europe  and  Russia. Net sales in 2012 amounted to  EUR 1,947
million. The number of staff is approximately 27,500. Corporate services are
delivered under the Itella brand, while the Posti brand is used for services
targeted at consumers in  Finland. Further information is available online at  

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cloud based transactions every day. IBM assists clients in areas as diverse as
banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds or
securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services. IBM is
unique in bringing together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge, a
broad portfolio of cloud solutions, and a network of global delivery centers.
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IBM Communications
Pia Posio
tel. +358 9 459 5900

President and CEO  Heikki Malinen
or Senior Vice President, Itella Mail Communications Jukka Rosenberg,  
tel. +358 20 452 3366 (MediaDesk)



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