Jaguar Land Rover has signed a five-year application management deal with Incat, in order to manage the transition of its software to the platforms run by its new owner.

The car manufacturer was bought in March by India's Tata Motors, having previously been owned by Ford. The services will be provided by Incat, which is also part of the diverse Tata group, which has interests in steel, cars and outsourcing and owns the Tetley tea brand.

Under one part of the transition work, due to take 18 months, over 1,000 applications will be moved from Ford to the new Land Rover Land Rover setup within Tata. Some 100 Incat staff will relocate to the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull to focus exclusively on this part of the work, including project managers, functional analysts and engineers.

Collaboration has already begun between Jaguar Land Rover IT staff, the Ford transition team and the Jaguar Land Rover infrastructure suppliers, the company said.

The other phase is ongoing applications management, which will last for the full five year period. It will be delivered by 250 Incat staff, located in Coventry and offshore in India, and Jaguar Land Rover has set service levels for them to adhere to. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

Alan Weeks, IT transition manager at Jaguar Land Rover, said that choosing Incat as a supplier offered “the least risk”. Incat already has 70 product lifecycle management staff working at the Jaguar Land Rover Gaydon and Whitley sites.

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