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T-Systems will help Daimler employees share data worldwide (Photo: T-Systems)

Daimler plans to roll out a suite of collaborative Cloud-based applications to its employees and has assigned the project to T-Systems, insiders say.

About 200,000 of the German premium car maker's employees will get online access to applications based on Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint or Microsoft Lync. The technology will let Daimler staff worldwide participate in Web-based conferences and share data and documents in real time wherever they are.

T-Systems, the business-services division of Germany's Deutsche Telekom, will provide the collaboration applications from a scaleable T-Systems Cloud. Insiders say the new technology will gradually replace Daimler's Lotus Notes-based system.

The migration is said to start this year and the project cost is between 40 million and 50 million euros.

T-Systems won the order over competitors Fujitsu and Computacenter, insiders say.

The German service provider plans to focus attention on its Cloud services at the upcoming CeBIT fair in Hanover. It notes that, by 2020, half of knowledge and office work is expected to be done by cross-functcional teams, which makes it necessary to use better collaborative software.