UK insurance firm LV=, formally known as Liverpool Victoria, has contracted with Paris-listed IT services firm Atos Origin for the management of its mainframe and mid-range infrastructure.
LV= says it is restructuring IT services to support new products, customer channels and acquisitions as it embarks on an aggressive growth plan.
As part of the process the firm is bringing control and governance of IT service in-house ,whilst appointing third party suppliers for 'build and operate' services.
Atos Origin says, as of March 2008, it will support legacy systems at LV='s life and general insurance businesses. The vendor will manage the mainframe and mid-range infrastructure at the unit and the support and development of various business applications.
Jonathan Barber, IT director, LV=, says: "We are establishing a new 'design, build, operate and govern' IT capability with core in-house teams focusing on design and governance, whilst sourcing IT build and operate services from 'best of breed' internal and external suppliers as best meets the needs of the business."