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- Entire European IT infrastructure outsourced to full-service IT provider in Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany, February 28, 2012 - Olympus Europa Holding GmbH, one of the world's leading manufacturers of optical and digital products such as cameras and audio devices as well as microscopes and endoscopes for medical and industrial applications, signed an IT outsourcing contract with INFO AG, a subsidiary of QSC AG, regarding their entire European infrastructure. With an order volume of about € 27 million over a term of five years, INFO AG will provide Olympus with comprehensive IT services in the following areas: service desk, end devices, telecommunications and video, ERP operations, collaboration, servers, storage, backup & restore, network & security, and data centers.
"With the outsourcing of our IT infrastructure to INFO AG, we are pursuing our objective of establishing a viable, scalable IT infrastructure that supports Olympus' needs in a flexible, efficient, and cost-effective manner," explained Stefan Kaufmann, Executive Managing Director of Olympus Europa Holding GmbH, at the signing of the contract in Hamburg. "We are very pleased to have found a fellow Hamburg-based company in INFO AG as a partner for this important task."
INFO AG gained the contract despite competition from notable global IT service providers. Under the umbrella of QSC AG, INFO AG is positioned as a full-service provider in the German ICT market together with QSC and IP Exchange GmbH, the housing and hosting specialist headquartered in Nuremberg. Thomas Stoek, Chairman of the Board at INFO AG: "INFO AG combines the portfolio of a global provider with the authenticity and dependability of a smaller enterprise. For Olympus, we are providing the necessary flexibility for scaling their IT services and therefore the foundation for a long-term partnership while enhancing our position as a full-service provider in the market."
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Olympus is one of the world's leading manufacturers of optical and digital products including cameras and audio devices as well as microscopes and endoscopes for medical and industrial purposes. Founded in Japan in 1919, Olympus represents over 90 years of pioneering spirit and innovation. Today, the company employs roughly 33,000 people worldwide, 4,700 of which are in Europe.
Olympus's 44 European subsidiaries are grouped under the parent company Olympus Europa Holding GmbH. This holding company offers comprehensive services in the areas of finances, human resources, IT, logistics, marketing, and corporate communications. Headquartered in Hamburg, Olympus Europa Holding GmbH posted revenues of € 1.31 billion in the 2010/11 fiscal year. More information is available at www.olympus-europa.com
About INFO AG
Founded in 1982, INFO AG is a full-service provider in the field of information technology. In 2011, QSC AG took over the majority of shares and today the company is among the leading providers of IT outsourcing and IT consulting in Germany. The service portfolio at INFO AG encompasses the planning, implementation, and operation of sophisticated IT solutions. From advisory consulting to installing IT infrastructures and even process control for entire value chains, INFO AG offers a holistic service approach. INFO AG is both an SAP Gold Partner and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, and currently operates three data centers in Germany (two in Hamburg and one in Oberhausen).
About QSC: ICT solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises
QSC AG, Cologne, is a service provider for voice and data communication, as well as ICT services. Established in 1997, the company has been focusing on small and mid-size business customers. QSC is the first provider to operate an Open Access platform, which unites a wide range of broadband technologies to offer national and international site networking, including Managed Services. QSC additionally supplies its customers and distribution partners with a comprehensive product portfolio that can be modularly adapted to every need. QSC was the first provider in Germany to build its own Next Generation Network (NGN), and therefore enjoys long years of experience in connection with IP-based telephony solutions, in particular. QSC AG has been listed on the TecDAX index since 2004. The QSC group employs a workforce of some 1,300 people.