BCBSNC employees in affected business areas are offered with professional development opportunities
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has signed an agreement with technology services company, Fujitsu America Global, under which Fujitsu America will purchase the BCBSNC data centre, located in Research Triangle Park, and provide a variety of IS support services to BCBSNC.
Agreement includes ownership, management and support of functions such as mainframes, servers, PCs, telephone systems, networks and technology security.
Under the agreement, BCBSNC is provided with business flexibility and significant operational cost savings. It will also offer professional development opportunities for BCBSNC employees in affected business areas.
As part of the agreement, Fujitsu said it will offer positions to approximately 185 BCBSNC employees.
BCBSNC senior vice-president and CIO Alan Hughes said the agreement is part of BCBSNC effort to find ways to reduce costs while maintaining high levels of quality and service.
"Our employees provide these services very well — and at remarkable levels of reliability — but this new agreement will provide greater flexibility and cost-effectiveness. As we considered options for transitioning these functions, Fujitsu America’s strong and comprehensive commitment to our people, business needs and technology set them apart," said Hughes.
Fujitsu America president and CEO Tony Doye said Fujitsu brings a proven track record of global strength, capabilities, expertise and experience in managing datacentres and complete information systems to the existing BCBSNC infrastructure.
"Tapping into the intelligence and resources of the BCBSNC employees and the functionalities of the current datacenter ensures the operational continuity that is critical to providing our customers with flexible, dynamic and manageable solutions within the datacenter," said Doye.