Allied Irish Banks strikes outsourcing deal with Wipro

Allied Irish Banks has confirmed that it will outsource some of its IT operations to Indian service provider Wipro.

It was reported earlier this month that the state-owned Irish lender would outsource a total of 170 IT roles to three of its suppliers - Eircom, Integrity and Wipro - following a three-month review of its operations.

Wipro has now been awarded a contract to provide infrastructure management services to the bank in order to drive efficiencies.

According to some reports, the deal will be worth in the region of £100 million, with 130 staff joining the service provider.

"We are pleased to be working with Wipro in our journey to transform into a Digital Bank,” said AIB CIO Mike Brakes.

“With Wipro supporting our technology and application infrastructure, we look forward to strengthening efficiencies and being better able to serve and support our customers across the bank.

“We were very pleased with the commitment Wipro demonstrated to the Bank as well as to creating opportunities for our people in Ireland."

The partnership will also see the service provider setting up a Dublin-based Service NXT operations centre and the mainframe 'centre of excellence'.

"The deal reinforces our commitment to grow and create local employment opportunities in Ireland," said G.K. Prasanna, chief executive, Global Infrastructure Services, Wipro Limited.

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