GlaxoSmithKline has awarded HCL Axon a five year global strategic IT master services agreement.

The pharmaceutical giant will use HCL Axon to provide global systems integration, SAP implementation and IT consulting services.

HCL Axon will initially focus on systems integration for a major SAP-based business transformation programme that  CIO 100 listed GSK is currently developing.

The deal was announced a year after Indian-based HCL Technologies’ acquisition of UK-based Axon.

HCL last month won a £120 million contract with Equitable Life to run the processing and support activities required to run its closed book of business. In March it won a £247m outsourcing contract from Reader’s Digest