IBM awarded contract to link Okla. mainframes

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma has awarded a $4.2 million contract to IBM to consolidate several mainframe computers the state uses, a move that state officials project will save the state about $15 million during the next several years.

Officials with IBM and Oklahoma's Office of Management and Enterprise Services announced the details of the contract Tuesday. It requires IBM to identify ways to make the state's mainframe administration more efficient.

Oklahoma Chief Information Officer Alex Pettit says the state's use of multiple mainframe computers for its administrative functions leads to higher operating and maintenance costs. He predicts the consolidation will bring major savings in support costs, software licensing and lower lease costs.

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