PlatformOne Extends Hosting Services Contract with IBM until 2012; Invests Another $5 Million in Its Technology Infrastructure

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PlatformOne, a leading provider of Human Resources Business Process Outsourcing (HR-BPO) services, today announced that it has extended its August 2003 contract with IBM for technology hosting services.

Our HR outsourcing services and the PlatformOne professionals that deliver them are only as reliable as the information systems that support them

PlatformOne, a leading provider of Human Resources Business Process Outsourcing (HR-BPO) services, today announced that it has extended its August 2003 contract with IBM for technology hosting services.

PlatformOne offers HR Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) solutions that include HR Technology Infrastructure, HR Administrative Services, and HR Professional Support to mid-market companies, defined as companies with 500 to 20,000 employees. As a key component of its services, PlatformOne agrees to manage all the human resources information systems and technology infrastructure on behalf of its clients.

"Our HR outsourcing services and the PlatformOne professionals that deliver them are only as reliable as the information systems that support them," said Tony Foley, PlatformOne’s President. "Our software applications, in turn, can only perform as well as the computing infrastructure and technology foundation upon which they depend. In short, our reputation and our business rely on the performance of our computing environment."

The new, five-year agreement will result in the implementation of IBM’s latest computing technologies, including servers, routers, firewalls, switches, and storage devices. Valued at $5 million, the hosting contract calls for IBM to provide managed services such as continuous monitoring, system management, disaster recovery, and infrastructure support.

"Our business model demands that we deliver a superior comprehensive solution to our clients, and at a value that is far better than they could acquire on their own," said Foley.
"System reliability, security, scalability, and affordability are all mandatory requirements for PlatformOne to meet its service commitments to clients."

Until now, the focus of the PlatformOne hosting solutions had been on minimizing downtime and duplicating its computing environment for quicker recovery from a technology failure. With this new solution, continuous monitoring recognizes any technology failure, and cutover to a redundant computing environment is instantaneous. PlatformOne clients’ users won’t even know if a failure has occurred. Should a disaster occur, processing continues through one of the hosting centers located in Georgia or California. This solution also better supports PlatformOne’s normal business requirements, such as providing the necessary computing capacity to replicate environments to test systems performance, migration steps and data accuracy during client implementations.    

PlatformOne has traditionally been very willing to commit to specific service levels in its contracts with clients, as an assurance to new clients of its commitment to quality support and customer care.

Foley continues. "Last June our organization was ranked the best overall HR-BPO servicing mid-market clients by the Black Book on Outsourcing. While we are very proud of that recognition overall, I am especially pleased that our existing clients rated us, by a very large margin, the finest provider in the category of client support and customer care. When service is your business and your own clients rank you as first among many national providers in customer care, that speaks volumes about your dedication. IBM’s solutions will help us continue to meet our service commitments to our clients for years to come."

About PlatformOne
PlatformOne is an innovator and leader in the delivery of state-of-the-art Human Resources solutions. Evolving over 23 years, PlatformOne offers HR Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) solutions that include HR Technology Infrastructure, HR Administrative Services, and HR Professional Support. Our comprehensive HR solutions, when combined with our world-class people, processes, and technology produce efficient, consistent, and cost-effective results for our clients. Additional information on PlatformOne may be found on its web site. http://www.PlatformOne.com

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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