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IBM

April 15, 2009 11:34 ET

IBM Signs Services Deal With STAR India

Company to Focus on Media and Entertainment Space in India

NEW DELHI, INDIA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an agreement with STAR India, a wholly owned subsidiary of STAR, a leading media and entertainment company in Asia, to implement SAP® ECC 6.0 application encompassing all major business processes.

The deal will increase process efficiency, enabling STAR India to enhance customer experience and drive greater control over net margin. The deal also marks a cohesive and systematic approach by IBM India and IBM Hong Kong -- demonstrating unmatched extent of experience and talent within IBM to effectively undertake varied ERP implementations across the globe.

Commenting on the agreement, Sanjay Jain, Chief Financial Officer, STAR India said, "In addition to IBM's strong credentials, the team showcased excellent knowledge of our domain and was able to put us at ease from day one. We strongly feel that in order to provide the best customer service, it is imperative to be flexible and agile to the changing needs of the market place. The SAP solution, implemented by IBM, will allow us to do that."

IBM is one of the top global consultants for SAP solutions in terms of size and overall service capability. The company has had a strong relationship with SAP AG for more than 30 years.

Sandip Patel, Managing Partner, Global Business Services, IBM India/ South Asia remarked, "We are delighted to have made in roads into the Media and Entertainment space in India. We strongly feel that this is a market with a lot of potential, although it is also one of the most competitive industries in the world. IBM offers an unmatched breadth and depth of services that drive business results for clients like STAR India, allowing them to strictly focus on their customers."

IBM Global Services works closely with over 2,200 organizations in India, spanning across varied industries, providing them diverse spectrum of IT services. 2008 saw the company signing up customers -- small, mid-sized and large -- across all the key industries and regions. This partnership will strengthen IBM's leadership in the domestic IT services market and bring about significant Business Transformation engagements.

This deal with Star India was signed in February 2009.

About STAR:

STAR is a leading media and entertainment company in Asia. STAR broadcasts over 60 television services in 13 languages to more than 300 million viewers across 53 Asian countries. STAR and its joint venture channels cover all genres including general entertainment (Star Plus, Xing Kong, Star Chinese Channel, Star World, Star One, Star Utsav, Star Jalsha, Star Pravah, Vijay, Asianet, Asianet Plus, Sitara, Suvarna, antv, Phoenix Chinese Channel), sports (ESPN, Star Sports, Star Cricket), movies (Star Chinese Movies, Star Chinese Movies 2, Star Gold, Star Movies), music (Channel [V]), and news and current affairs (Star News, Star Ananda, Star Majha, Phoenix InfoNews Channel).

STAR controls over 20,000 hours of Indian and Chinese programming and also owns the world's largest contemporary Chinese film library, with more than 600 titles, featuring superstars including Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat and Bruce Lee. In partnership with leading companies, STAR businesses extend to filmed entertainment, television production, cable systems and distribution, direct-to-home services, terrestrial TV broadcasting, wireless and digital services. STAR is a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corporation. www.startv.com

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Contact Information

  • For more information on this press release, please contact:
    Vibha Dutta
    IBM India Pvt. Ltd.
    +91 9810819260
    vidutta1@in.ibm.com

    Randy Zane
    IBM Media Relations
    917-472-3589
    rzane@us.ibm.com