December 12, 1996 11:15 AM ET
DuPont in $4B IS pact with CSC, Andersen Consulting
By Maria Seminerio

  Chemical manufacturing giant DuPont said yesterday it has signed a $4 billion outsourcing deal with Computer Sciences Corp. and Andersen Consulting for managing its global information systems and technology infrastructure over the next decade.

About 2,600 of E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Co.'s 4,200 IS workers will be offered positions with CSC, a technology management, systems integration and IS consulting firm headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., DuPont officials said. Another 500 DuPont IS employees will be offered jobs with Andersen, officials said.

The pact calls for CSC to operate DuPont's global computer systems and to provide software applications and services. Andersen will focus on business solutions for marketing, distribution and customer service, including resource planning, order processing, and manufacturing services and analysis of the company's workplace safety and environmental records, DuPont officials said.

"DuPont expects to improve the range and speed of services to our customers and improve our cost-effectiveness through improved business processes, streamlined systems and increased productivity" as a result of the alliances, said Cinda Hallman, VP of DuPont's Information Systems unit.

DuPont will retain about 1,100 IS workers, company officials said.

More details on the pact are expected to be released at a news conference later today.

DuPont is based in Wilmington, Del.

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