Logicalis to Manage U.K. Network

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<strong>Slough, England &mdash; Nov. 5</strong><br />International solutions provider Logicalis has been awarded a four-year managed service contract with high-street retailer Marks & Spencer. Logicalis will be tasked with improving the efficiency and agility of M&S&#39;s IT network, as well as supporting the cost-effective deployment of innovative ICT services that will help maintain M&S&#39;s competitive position.<br /><br />Logicalis&#39; Managed Service Center (MSC) and on-site teams will provide engineering, design and development support for the management of wired and wireless network infrastructure across M&S&#39;s 591 U.K. stores and regional offices. The service will optimize the performance of M&S&#39;s existing ICT estate and support M&S&#39;s IT team in delivering critical IT and business processes such as transaction services and PoS. <br /><br />During the course of the contract, Marks & Spencer will open a number of stores, all of which will be migrated onto the network monitoring service.<br /><br />Damone Quigley, head of infrastructure and application services for Marks & Spencer, commented, “It wasn&#39;t simply a case of finding a supplier that could deliver technology services. We sought a partner with the ability to align IT performance to the needs of the business, can demonstrate innovation in service delivery, can share in risk and reward, and is flexible enough to adapt to the future demands of the retail environment.”<br /><br />Tom Kelly, managing director of Logicalis U.K., added, “Marks & Spencer required a partner that had a clear understanding of their business imperatives, and could align services to provide tangible commercial and operational value. Logicalis will act as a seamless extension to Marks & Spencer&#39;s IT team, with a strong cultural fit and understanding of the pressures of operating in the retail industry.”<br />

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