Happy with the job that Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) has done over the past eight years, DuPont has signed on for seven more years at cost of $1.9 billion. When DuPont tapped CSC to manage a variety of IT projects in 1997, 2,600 DuPont employees transferred to CSC. Over the years CSC, an El Segundo, Ca.-based information technology services company, has directed a major SAP implementation and implemented a number of supply-chain initiatives.
By signing a long-term contract, DuPont is bucking recent industry trends of shorter contracts with multiple vendors. DuPont CIO Robert Ridout said outsourcing the company's IT support to a single vendor helps DuPont in "streamlining our global business operations."