Three months after car breakdown recovery firm the AA merged with Saga, the over-50s holidays and financial services firm, the combined group has confirmed a change of IT director.

Jim Cameron, previously IT director at Saga, will become group IT director after it emerged AA counterpart Trevor Didcock was departing for undisclosed reasons.

The AA is also terminating a £50m outsourcing deal with IBM to handle its 4,500 desktops, as well as its datacentres and applications. An extra application support contract so-far remains with Fujitsu Services.

An AA spokesperson told Computerworld UK that the IBM deal was being wound up over the next 12 months. The deal will end up having run for three-and-a-half years instead of the originally agreed seven.

He added: “The decision to end the deal was not based on contractual performance.”

Prior to the £6.5bn tie-up with Saga, the AA claimed it had been heavily investing in IT and refuted claims it had traditionally underspent on new technology. Among other investments, on-the-road patrols have received new notebooks, and the offices of the company are moving over to IP networks run by Cable & Wireless.

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