Deutsche Telekom's enterprise customer division, T-Systems, and global consulting, technology and business process outsourcing provider Cognizant have signed an agreement with Continental, one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide, to jointly provide application management services to the research and development operations of Continental's tire divisions in Hanover beginning 2009.
Cognizant will provide the bulk of the services from India. With all services being covered under a fixed price, Continental will achieve a high level of cost transparency, and save significant administration and maintenance costs of its Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems. The comprehensive external support will enable the tire manufacturer to boost efficiencies by freeing up its IT staff to focus on further IT development for the company’s core business.
"Profitable growth and consistent cost management in all business areas are the basis of our success as a company. T-Systems' business model is another building block of this success," said Elisabeth Hoeflich, CIO of the Continental tire divisions.
“Our expertise and a strong alliance with Cognizant are the keys to reliable global outsourcing at competitive prices,” said Joachim Langmack, responsible for business customers at T-Systems. “The contract with Continental shows that the alliance between T-Systems and Cognizant continues to bear fruit, as we won the deal against stiff competition. At the same time, it also allows us to consolidate our position in the automotive market.”