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Fujitsu to Manage Business-Critical Applications on Microsoft Azure for Finnish Pension Provider Keva

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News facts:
  • Fujitsu has been awarded a four year contract to support the ongoing development of Keva’s digital services
  • Agreement includes support for applications running on Microsoft Azure and implementation of DevOps methodologies in collaboration with Keva’s software development partners
  • The employee pension provider and its customers will benefit from streamlined systems, greater procurement flexibility and the ability to innovate faster
Munich, March 12, 2019 – Keva, the leading pension provider for Finnish public sector employees, has selected Fujitsu to ensure the high availability of its pension applications running on Microsoft Azure. As part of the contract, Fujitsu will also help boost innovation and accelerate the implementation of new digital services by working with Keva’s software development partners.
Keva is the largest employee pension provider in Finland, managing the pensions for a total of 1.2 million local government, State, Evangelical Lutheran Church and Kela1 employees. Keva wanted to increase the flexibility of its procurement processes, for example by coordinating project and specialized work under the same agreement and increasing the number of potential suppliers able to compete for work. The employee pension provider chose to partner with Fujitsu following a competitive bidding process.
Fujitsu will leverage its Global Systems Integrator partnership with Microsoft2 to manage Keva’s business-critical applications. The project encompasses end-to-end service and full application support including testing, monitoring, troubleshooting, lifecycle management and maintenance to ensure high application availability and error free operations.

In addition, through its leadership3 in the latest DevOps methodologies, Fujitsu will enable Keva and its new software development partners HiQ, Solita and Visma to modernize software development procedures. As a result, ongoing application development will be accelerated, enabling Keva to innovate faster, and to accelerate the implementation of new features.

Kalle Kannisto, IT Manager at Keva comments: “We want to accelerate innovation and deploy new capabilities quickly, in a flexible manner. We selected Fujitsu following a tender process as the team was able to demonstrate impressive expertise both in supporting Microsoft Azure and in DevOps. This new agreement will enable us to streamline many different processes and unleash the full power of the applications we use.”

Mikko Lampinen, Head of Public Sector and Healthcare at Fujitsu Finland adds: “This agreement is a great illustration of the power of our co-creation approach. Not only have we worked closely with Keva to support the pension provider’s applications, but we’re also working alongside Keva’s application developers to optimize how they create and implement their software. As a result, Keva will benefit from streamlined, efficient systems, and will also be well placed to innovate quickly to deliver its business strategy while being able to respond flexibly and agile to changing needs in the future.”
Notes to editors
1Kela is the social insurance institute of Finland citizens.

2The partnership between Fujitsu and Microsoft enables customers to leverage Fujitsu’s deep experience in integrating and managing complex hybrid IT estates, combined with access to Microsoft’s market-leading hyperscale public cloud platform Azure. Customers benefit from the compelling economics and greater agility enabled by a cloud-based delivery model for core workloads in addition to the peace of mind that all aspects of the management of crucial applications are being taken care of.

3IDC’s MarketScape Worldwide DevOps Services Vendor Assessment commends Fujitsu for a strong focus on helping clients execute application life-cycle management activities… [and having] …large inventory of reusable assets that the provider can leverage as part of its delivery. Fujitsu customers interviewed by IDC remarked favorably about Fujitsu's cultural values, finding team members to be respectful and human in how they operate. IDC notes that Fujitsu was also commended by its customers for strong capabilities in knowledge sharing across teams to ease workflows and communications as well as generated holistic solutions that were not just technical but were scalable and multilingual and transcended varied user demographics and different countries that used the applications.

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Date: 12 March, 2019
City: Munich