Logicalis to Manage UK Network for Marks & Spencer


Slough, 2 November 2007 - International solutions provider, Logicalis, has been awarded a 4-year managed service contract with high-street retailer, Marks & Spencer. Logicalis will be tasked with improving the efficiency and agility of M&S' IT network as well as supporting the cost-effective deployment of innovative ICT services that will help maintain M&S' competitive position.

Logicalis' Managed Service Centre (MSC) and onsite teams will provide engineering, design and development support, for the management of wired and wireless network infrastructure across M&S' 591 UK stores and regional offices. The service will optimise the performance of M&S'existing ICT estate, and support M&S' IT team in delivering critical IT and business processes such as transaction services and PoS.

During the course of the contract, Marks & Spencer will open a number of stores, all of which will be migrated onto the network monitoring service.

Damone Quigley, head of infrastructure and application services for Marks & Spencer comments: "It wasn't simply a case of finding a supplier that could deliver technology services. We sought a partner with the ability to align IT performance to the needs of the business, can demonstrate innovation in service delivery, can share in risk and reward, and is flexible enough to adapt to the future demands of the retail environment."

Tom Kelly, managing director of Logicalis UK, adds: "Marks & Spencer required a partner that had a clear understanding of their business imperatives, and could align services to provide tangible commercial and operational value. Logicalis will act as a seamless extension to Marks & Spencer's IT team, with a strong cultural fit and understanding of the pressures of operating in the retail industry."

About Marks & Spencer, www.marksandspencer.com

M&S is one of the UK's leading retailers, with over 15.8 million people visiting our stores each week. We offer stylish, high quality, great value clothing and home products, and outstanding quality foods, all responsibly sourced from suppliers we trust. We employ over 75,000 people and have 520 UK stores, as well as an expanding international business.

Further information on M&S can be found at: marksandspencer.com/the company

Further information on Plan A can be found at: www.marksandspencer.com/PlanA

About Logicalis, www.uk.logicalis.com

Logicalis is an international provider of integrated ICT solutions, delivering secure, converged computing and communications infrastructure and services. We can provide the architecture, deployment, integration and management of networks and systems to deliver leading edge solutions that create value for our customers and meet their business needs now and into the future.

Logicalis is a trusted provider of multi-vendor solutions and services operating in the most complex and challenging business environments. Our relationships with the industry's leading technology suppliers, combined with our business understanding enable you to invest with confidence.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited (DTC), a $3.2 billion multi-national Group listed on the AIM market of the LSE and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. With international headquarters in the UK, the Logicalis Group has operations in the US, UK, Germany, and South America.

Logicalis UK has achieved independent certification for its integrated management system, information security, IT service management offerings and its environmental standards: ISO 9001; ISO 27001; ISO 20000 an ISO14001 respectively.

For further information contact:

Jennifer Manning / Charlotte Sandy
Tel: 01291 626200
Logicalis@cohesive.uk.com

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