TeliaSonera Finland and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young to cooperate in the development of data systems

TeliaSonera Finland and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGE&Y) have signed an agreement on cooperation in the development of data systems. As a result of the agreement, 54 employees of TeliaSonera Finland?s development function will transfer to the employ of CGE&Y on September 1, 2003. The aim is to expedite and focus TeliaSonera´s development activities in the selected technology and service areas. The cooperation will increase the efficiency of not only the service-related development of information systems but also testing and support.
By expanding its partner network, TeliaSonera can make its development operations faster and more flexible, which is a key competitive edge in the company´s business. The arrangement makes it possible to concentrate TeliaSonera Finland´s own development resources more heavily on the focus areas of product development. The cooperation agreement relates to portal applications and platforms, directories, Internet service production platforms, mobile marketing applications, and tasks related to software testing, support and maintenance. The personnel to be transferred to CGE&Y have been working in TeliaSonera Finland´s application development unit, which is responsible for diversified software production and development. TeliaSonera Finland will continue to focus strongly on development activities also in the future as part of the broad product and service development organization of the Nordic TeliaSonera. The underlying thought in expanding the partner network is that the company does not have to do everything by itself, but by combining resources, the organization will be able to carry out development operations more efficiently than before. - The flexibility and additional competence brought by the partnership speed up our product development and improve our ability to develop services to meet the needs of the entire TeliaSonera. We selected CGE&Y as our partner, since the company´s strategic intent and focus competence areas are extremely well suited to the needs of TeliaSonera. Other factors that had an effect on our decision were CGE&Y´s good reputation as an employer and their willingness to carry out long-term cooperation, says Timo Auer, Vice President of Technology and Service Development at TeliaSonera Finland. The personnel transfers resulting from the partnership agreement affect the unit´s employees in Helsinki and Lappeenranta. The employees will transfer to CGE&Y retaining seniority.

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