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Motorola yields its IT management

Computer Sciences announces a 10-year, $1.6 billion contract to manage Motorola's worldwide information technology infrastructure.

Computer Sciences on Thursday announced a 10-year, $1.6 billion contract to manage Motorola's worldwide information technology infrastructure.

The IT services company will oversee Motorola's midrange, desktop and distributed computing operations, as well as its global help-desk and network facilities.

The deal also calls for El Segundo, Calif.-based Computer Sciences to acquire certain unspecified Motorola IT infrastructure and network assets. In addition, about 1,300 Motorola employees are expected to join Computer Sciences as part of the agreement. More than half of these employees are based in the United States, and the rest are scattered across Europe, the Middle East and other parts of the world.

Computer Sciences will begin managing Motorola's IT infrastructure on May 1.

Recently, the services company has been working to take a greater role in managing IT infrastructure for government agencies. Computer Sciences, which reported revenue of $11.3 billion in 2002, competes with IBM Global Services, Electronic Data Services and a host of smaller players to provide computer services and support.

Motorola, which makes semiconductors and telecommunications equipment, has been urging wireless companies to place a renewed emphasis on voice calls, their chief product. With the new agreement, Motorola hopes to focus on product development, leaving the management of its IT to Computer Sciences.

Computer Sciences said it will standardize Motorola's IT processes, enhance security and integrate technology architectures.