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IPF Poised for Growth with Enhanced IT Environment from Fujitsu

Three-year deal worth £10 million sees Fujitsu provide private cloud-based IaaS

Fujitsu UK & Ireland

September 07, 2011

Home credit provider International Personal Finance (IPF), has tasked Fujitsu with transforming its IT environment to provide greater business agility. The private cloud-based IaaS architecture will reduce the total cost of IPF’s IT infrastructure and deliver a more flexible solution that can meet the needs of the company as it realises its plans for expansion into new markets.

Under the terms of the £10 million contract, IPF’s applications and data will be hosted by Fujitsu, with servers and storage provided on a pay-per-use model. A 12 month transition programme is currently under way and will see Fujitsu move business critical applications such as Data Platform and FOCUS to its Southern data centres. Fujitsu emerged as the leader in a tender and benchmarking process, which included submissions from several suppliers, to secure this project.

The deal builds on an existing relationship with Fujitsu, which has supported its IT environment for nine years through data centre services. Notably, Fujitsu provided support to 150 staff in Leeds when IPF demerged from Provident in 2007.

“IPF is a truly international company with ambitious growth plans,” said Andrew Herd, head of IT commercial & service, IPF. “Our intention is to continue to enter new markets and as such it is important that we can dynamically grow our estate without constraint. With the environment created by Fujitsu we will have the ability to increase and decrease our resources quickly, which better suits our business requirements. The next few months are crucial, as we build new infrastructure and migrate our services. However, we are confident that Fujitsu will manage this process efficiently and smoothly, with minimum disruption to services.”

Fujitsu will provide a robust architectural environment, which has been fully risk-tested, to ensure that services run at an equivalent service level throughout the migration period.

Stephen Long, business unit director, private sector division at Fujitsu UK & Ireland said, “As with any financial services institution, IPF deals on a day to day basis with highly sensitive, mission critical data. With this offering we are able to provide a trusted environment, to the highest security classifications – at the same time as meeting IPF’s demands for technologies that support true business agility.”

About IPF

International Personal Finance (IPF) specialises in small, unsecured cash loans delivered by a network of 28,000 agents direct to customers’ homes. These services are fast, accessible, inclusive and flexible but above all – personal which is why we call ourselves “The Human Face of Finance”. IPF started to expand internationally with the opening of its Polish operation in 1997 and currently operates in 6 countries, has 2.3 million customers and employs over 5,000 people. In the year ending December 2010, IPF announced a 9% increase in credit issued, delivering £92 million pre-tax profit on £440million revenue.For more information please see: www.ipfin.co.uk

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com

Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 11,400 people with an annual revenue of £1.7 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see: uk.fujitsu.com

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Date: 07 September, 2011

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