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Siemens/Talecris Win Best Partnership in the Outsourcing Excellence Awards

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 General News J E 4
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NORWALK, Conn., April 26 Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Inc. and Talecris Biotherapeutics received the prestigious "Best Partnership" award in technology outsourcing during the 2010 Outsource Excellence Awards. The award recognizes excellence in IT collaboration and partnering to achieve business goals and is bestowed by the Outsourcing Center, an online community specializing in thought leadership, best practices and innovation in outsourcing. The annual competition is also supported by the Everest Group consulting firm and Forbes Magazine. The Awards will be presented in Dallas at the "Oscars of Outsourcing" on June 8, 2010.

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When Talecris and Siemens entered their partnership, Talecris faced substantial IT challenges, including a highly complex carve-out of existing infrastructure and systems from its previous owner. These areas included data center management, network management, service desk, end-user computing, and application development and maintenance as well as developing systems for new business functions and supporting the acquisition and build-out of its new plasma collection business.

"We were looking for an IT partner to help us through an extremely dynamic period in our history," said Jim Engle, Chief Information Officer of Talecris. "We were simultaneously being carved out from our previous company and rapidly expanding our business. We needed a company with innovation experience and outstanding customer service. After going through a rigorous review process, we selected Siemens. They have served as a critical partner in helping Talecris achieve business results," Engle said.

Receiving this prestigious award affirms the effectiveness of the Talecris and Siemens partnership - and the relationship continues to deliver ongoing results, according to Jim Takes, Senior Vice President of Siemens. "Talecris continues to be an excellent partner," Takes said. "They have joined with us for a full suite of robust IT services and have integrated our people seamlessly into their own organization. We are included in their strategic and tactical meetings and encouraged to offer ideas for improvements and innovation. Their cooperation in our robust governance processes ensures a highly coordinated management approach. We simply could not ask for a more enlightened or cooperative partner than Talecris."

About Siemens IT Solutions and Services

Siemens IT Solutions and Services is an internationally leading provider of IT solutions and services. It covers the entire IT service chain from a single source, from consulting to system integration, right through to the management of IT infrastructures. In addition, Siemens IT Solutions and Services complements the portfolio offerings of the Siemens Sectors with IT solutions. With its comprehensive know-how and industry-specific knowledge, the IT provider creates measurable added value for its customers. Siemens IT Solutions and Services employs more than 35,000 people and posts annual sales of about $6.3 billion, of which more than 75 percent are generated outside of the Siemens Sectors. More information at: www.usa.siemens.com/it-solutions.

About Talecris Biotherapeutics: Inspiration. Dedication. Innovation.

Talecris Biotherapeutics is a global biotherapeutic and biotechnology company that discovers, develops and produces critical care treatments for people with life-threatening disorders in a variety of therapeutic areas including immunology, pulmonology, neurology and hemostasis. For more information, please visit: www.talecris.com.

About Outsourcing Center's Outsourcing Excellence Awards

The Outsourcing Excellence Awards annually recognize the world's best outsourcing arrangements. The judges select relationships that demonstrate best practices, create and sustain a competitive advantage, provide business transformation, achieve value, and benefit both buyer and service provider over time. The Outsourcing Center conducts the annual awards program and is an online community specializing in thought leadership, best practices, and innovation in outsourcing.

SOURCE Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Inc.
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