The Royal Dutch Pharmaceutical Society (KNMP) is to outsource its “mission critical” IT to BT under a five year, €2.6m deal.

Among other services, the contract will cover the secure hosting of the society’s office automation and shared storage environment, migration to Microsoft Exchange and the telehousing of applications in BT’s Nieuwegein data centre.

BT will also handle remote and on-site desktop management, managed IP telephony and business continuity consultancy services.

Niek den Toom, KNMP ICT and business innovation manager, said the deal “will enable us to focus on our core objectives – promoting good facilities for the provision of drugs, practicing pharmacy as science and representing the interests of our members.”

Bas Burger, CEO BT Benelux, added: “We have the flexibility, reach and skills required to support customers with their non-core but mission critical networks and IT services. Today’s announcement is a perfect example of this. Outsourcing its infrastructure to BT enables KNMP to focus on its core business processes and serving its members.”

The KNMP was set up in 1842. More than 90% of Dutch pharmacists belong to the society, which has about 5,000 members.