Eskom cagey on IT spend

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State-owned enterprise Eskom is overhauling its IT architecture, but will not divulge how much the upgrade is expected to cost.

Eskom is in the process of upgrading its information technology architecture, which includes migrating from Novell to Microsoft.

Steve Lennon, divisional executive of corporate services at Eskom, explains that the utility's IT architectural strategy is part of its normal business processes.

However, despite repeated questioning, the company would not quantify the costs, apart from saying the move is under R400 million. Eskom says all the costs are included in its normal IT operating budget.

The state-owned enterprise says the upgrade and migration involves the full Microsoft suite, as it moves from Novell to Microsoft. Part of the upgrade also includes a move from Groupwise to Outlook exchange. It did not provide further details on the implementation.

Eskom is implementing the upgrade of the IT architecture itself, and all Eskom employees will be impacted as the utility moves over to the new system over the next two years.

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