Hot on the heels of a R1.1-billion, three-year services deal with Absa, IBM South Africa has nailed down a similar six-year contract with South African Breweries (SAB). 

Although no financial figures were released around the deal, a press statement said it was a "multi-million rand" contract.
IBM will establish a customer services centre and manage services including hosting servers, storage and support for the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning environment. In addition, IBM will provide IT security support for these services. As part of the contract, IBM will ensure that SAB has a stable, reliable and responsive service, critical to the beer distribution business.  
Tony van Kralingen, SAB’s MD, says: “In IBM, SAB has a long time IT partner that ensures continuity of service at all times. IBM brings the best global practice, experience and solid business processes required to run an efficient and reliable data centre, helping us achieve a standardised IT environment for our business.”
Mark Harris, MD of IBM South & Central Africa, says the new contract cements a 15 year relationship between the two companies.
“The significance of this contract is underpinned by the fact that SAB, as a client, has been a crucial part of the foundation of IBM's strategic outsourcing business in SA for many years,” Harris says.
The new contract is effective from April 1, 2007.