Press Release 01/09/2010  9:50

The Sanoma Group is centralising its ICT services. The arrangement covers certain parts of all of the Sanoma Group's operations in Finland and optionally part of the operations in the Baltic countries. Sanoma's partner is IT service company Tieto.

The centralisation process concerns the Group's shared administrative services, such as financial management systems and email and intranet solutions. Workstation and on-site support services, as well as equipment rooms and data communications operations, will also be centralised as applicable.

This arrangement, which is significant in scope in Finland, is in line with Sanoma's strategy to improve its organisation constantly and to seek cost savings and synergy benefits in different operations.

"The centralisation of ICT services enhances the efficiency and consistency of our operating methods on the national level. It also enables shared ICT services," says Päivi Hokkanen, Chief Information Officer of Sanoma.

The transfer of services will begin on 2 September 2010 and last for over a year. As a result of the arrangement, five people will transfer employment from Sanoma to Tieto Finland. The operations that will be transferred represent Tieto's core business, which offers a solid foundation for further development.

"Sanoma is the largest player in the media business in Finland and an important partner to Tieto. We are happy to have the opportunity to expand our co-operation with Sanoma. By combining our profound expertise in data communications with application management services and outsourcing operations, we are able to offer our customers comprehensive services," says Ari Karppinen, Country Head of Finland at Tieto.

Additional information:
Päivi Hokkanen, CIO, Sanoma, tel. + 358 50 389 0019
Ari Karppinen, Country Head of Finland, Tieto, tel + 358 40 550 1019

Sanoma inspires, informs and connects. As a diversified media group, we bring information, experiences, education and entertainment to millions of people every day. We make sure that quality content and interesting products and services are easily available and meet the demands of our readers, viewers and listeners. We offer a challenging and interesting working environment for 20,000 people in over 20 countries throughout Europe. In 2009, the Group's net sales totalled EUR 2.8 billion.

Tieto is an IT service company providing IT, R&D and consulting services. With approximately 17,000 experts, we are among the leading IT service companies in Northern Europe and the global leader in selected segments. We specialise in areas where we have the deepest understanding of our customers' businesses and needs. Our superior customer centricity and expertise in digital services set us apart from our competitors.