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Fiat, Chrysler and Iveco owner CNH Industrial have agreed a joint services deal with IBM to manage shared global IT operations, which CIOs at the organisations say will support growth, innovation, and make them more agile.

The scope of the agreement includes mainframe infrastructure management, and hosting a global email solution that serves over 150,000 people worldwide.

Fiat and Chrysler have plants in around 40 countries and products available in more than 150, while CNH Industrial manufactures in over 20 countries and sells in 190.

The three organisations came together to hire IBM as the primary partner in managing their global IT infrastructure, which includes mainframe, midrange systems and storage appliances in data centres located near Detroit, St Louis, Turin, Milan and Hortolandia, Brazil.

"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," said Scott Sandschafer, CIO at Chrysler. Group LLC.

Gilberto Ceresa, CIO at Fiat, said: "This agreement, an extension of a decade-long partnership with IBM, will continue to provide the technology innovation, global delivery capabilities and cost effectiveness that is required to optimise and grow our business worldwide."

Stefano Firenze, head of ICT infrastructure and service delivery, and acting co-CIO at CNH, said: "The extension of our partnership with IBM offers new paths to efficiency, economies of scale, innovation and growth for our company, by allowing us to share and leverage not only technology resources, but also global skills and industry knowledge in key areas such as sustainability, with Fiat and now Chrysler."

The value of the deal to IBM has not been disclosed.