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ŽSR's handling of IT centre questioned

THE RAILWAY operator Železnice Slovenskej republiky (ŽSR) is outsourcing its IT centre to Hewlett-Packard (HP) without a prior public tender for the engagement, the economic daily Hospodárske noviny wrote.

ŽSR is in final talks with HP regarding its IT centre. Outsourcing firms interested in ŽSR’s IT centre but not considered for the job include Siemens Business Services and Accenture. HP stands to gain an estimated Sk0.5 billion from the engagement every year.

ŽSR spokeswoman Nela Blašková said that the public procurement law enabled the company to pick HP because it was the only relevant supplier for the services required. HP holds the copyright and ownership rights to the main information systems that the centre operates.

According to Hospodárske noviny, a seven-year contract with HP is expected to be concluded by the end of the year. The centre’s turnover (profit) is expected to cover the cost of outsourcing.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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