The B.C. Liberals have signed a $300-million deal, contracting out the government's information technology department.
Management Services Minister Joyce Murray says the government has signed a contract with IBM to service its computers.
The government says the 10-year agreement will save taxpayers $80 million.
Murray says the deal with IBM will also ensure standardized technology and smoother service.
She notes that in the past, the government had a variety of computer contracts and services.
"Before my ministry was managing work stations, every ministry had its own IT department, so there was a patchwork of different kinds of computers, different software, different support arrangements, different contractors."
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Murray says the 188 government employees now working in information technology have been offered jobs with IBM, and most have accepted them.