IBM, SAP bag $42 mn IT deal from Helse Vest

Helse Vest (the Western Norway Regional Health Authority) has entered into a $42 million contract with IBM and SAP to design and implement a finance and logistics support project.

Helse Vest is the second largest of the Norwegian regional health authorities, overseeing 50 hospitals and institutions with over 28,000 employees. The new project is part of a long-term strategic effort, LIBRA, to optimize support services across the region through continued consolidation and phasing-out of older systems.

This contract will start in June 2017 and run up to 10 years.

The deal covers implementation of SAP system and includes selection of technology, on premise solutions, and consulting services from IBM. IBM Systems division will provide the infrastructure solution based on Power 8 servers designed for the demands of the LIBRA project and will run on customer premises.

“IBM Norway delivered a compelling solution and their professionalism gives confidence for the collaboration forward. This program will realize our goal of promoting health and quality of life through effective support processes,” said Hilde Christiansen, senior vice president for personnel, organization and technology at Helse Vest.

The implementation of SAP S/4HANA ERP is a major element in the plan and in-memory solution that requires strong infrastructure capable of supporting heavy in-memory workloads. This project will be one of IBM’s biggest S/4HANA installations with a projected 5,000 end-users.

“By using S/4HANA, which includes an advanced in-memory platform with real time analytics, Helse Vest will be able to free up time and resources to ensure the customer focus is kept on patient welfare,” said Stefano Holguin, country general manager, SAP Norway.

Anne-Sofie Risasen, country general manager, Global Business Services, IBM Norway, said IBM and SAP are implementing a strategy for Helse Vest which will enable a strong, growing businesses that can seize the amazing opportunities of the digital economy.