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SAIC BEGINS MULTIMILLION DOLLAR INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION CONTRACT

 SAN DIEGO, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has opened an office in Scotland under new international agreements with British Petroleum (BP) to provide information technology facilities management and software applications development and maintenance.
 Under these agreements, SAIC is negotiating with individual BP sites worldwide to manage the sites' information services IT facilities, or maintain and enhance application software. Initially, SAIC is providing both services for BP Exploration in Aberdeen, Scotland.
 The contract value for Aberdeen during the first 12 months is estimated to be more than $11 million, with a potential for much greater value annually as other potential BP site contracts are negotiated. BP is comprised of several major companies, which in turn have dozens of locations on all continents. The initial agreement is for five years, with renewal clauses.
 BP has decided to "outsource" its information technology and services to reduce costs while upgrading software and applications.
 "This is part of the international trend to outsourcing, and to move away from expensive `glass house' mainframe data centers to client server architectures," said Corporate Vice President Cheryl Louie. "This allows BP to take advantage of the latest software and graphical user interfaces without being tied to proprietary systems."
 She estimated that such a move could reduce information system costs by an order of magnitude.
 "This is the first contract of its kind," added SAIC Corporate Vice President Dr. John Benepe. "We believe that this is the beginning of a long-term partnership with BP, which will be closely watched not only by other international oil companies, but by any company seeking to cut costs while continuously improving its information system product. This could be a major new business area for SAIC."
 SAIC was selected for the contract because of its experience in helping clients migrate from mainframe to client-server environments, and because of the employee-owned company's culture and decentralization.
 "As these contracts are signed, we will be hiring many of BP's information systems people," said Benepe, "because it serves us best to match their local knowledge and expertise with our leadership rightsizing systems. I think our employee-ownership was attractive to them as well, because it means that people who do good work get to share in the rewards."
 Based in San Diego, SAIC is the largest employee-owned high- technology company in the United States. With annual revenues of $1.5 billion, the company provides professional services and products in the areas of systems integration, national security, environment, energy and health care. SAIC has 15,000 employees in more than 250 locations worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Cheryl Louie, corporate VP of SAIC, 619-552-5576/


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