Chrysler shifts IT contract to IBM

Fiat S.p.A. has taken another step toward fully integrating its wholly owned subsidiary Chrysler Group by merging its global information technology platforms under one IBM banner.

Fiat has used IBM as its primary information technology provider since 2005. In February, Fiat signed a contract with IBM to extend its relationship with IBM to cover Chrysler, which had used rival Computer Sciences Corp.

CNH Industrial, which makes products such as farm implements and is also owned by Fiat, will also be serviced by IBM, under the deal announced Thursday.

Bringing the information technology services under one global structure will allow engineers and designers for Chrysler to work more seamlessly with their Fiat counterparts in Europe, South America and Asia, executives with Fiat, Chrysler and CNH said in a statement.

The IBM contract also covers infrastructure management and global e-mail for more than 150,000 Fiat, Chrysler and CNH employees.

Scott Sandschafer, Chrysler’s chief information officer, declined through a spokeswoman to comment on the IBM contract beyond a written statement.

“Combining Chrysler and Fiat’s IT infrastructure services into a global capability is a critical step in our journey to building a powerful and agile global operation that supports our company’s growth strategy,” Sandschafer said in a statement.