Bombardier is extending its partnership with IBM through a six-year contract worth some $700 million. The manufacturer would retain use of IBM Services and IBM Cloud management for its worldwide information technology (IT) infrastructure and operations.
"As part of our turnaround plan, Bombardier is working to improve productivity, reduce costs and grow earnings. This IT transformation initiative will help us better integrate globally to create a best-in-class IT organization," said Sean Terriah, CIO of Aerospace and Corporate Office for Bombardier. "With IBM, we will transform our service delivery model to focus on our core competencies, and leverage the best practices of our strategic partner across our infrastructure and operations."
IBM would be servicing Bombardier operations in 47 countries, making the deal one of the largest IBM Cloud partnerships in Canada. By revenue, IBM is the leader in cloud computing. The cloud features IBM Watson, which provides artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive technologies to support decision-making.