Hewlett-Packard in pounds 6m web services deal with IPC Electric

IPC Electric has signed a multi-million-pound deal with computer giant Hewlett-Packard to create a series of internet portals and e-commerce services.

IPC Electric has signed a multi-million-pound deal with computer

giant Hewlett-Packard to create a series of internet portals and

e-commerce services.



The digital arm of IPC Magazines will draw on the company’s existing

brands to pull in users, with H-P providing software, hardware and

internet skills.



The deal is worth more than pounds 6 million over three years. H-P will

manage the ’e-services’ projects from its outsourcing division in

Bristol.



Details of the initiatives won’t be unveiled until later in the year,

but are likely to bring together online service providers in similar

sectors, simplifying processes like creating a holiday package on the

internet.



Ted Brooks, business manager for H-P’s worldwide electronic business

group, said some of the projects would be four times larger than the

e-commerce service the company created for the 1998 World Cup.



IPC Electric managing director Rene Carayol said H-P had a close

understanding of what the company was trying to do. ’They speak the same

language about e-commerce and e-services.’



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