Affiliated Computer Services Inc. has partnered with Nashville’s Zycron Inc. for a $156 million contract with the state of Tennessee.

The five-year contract is with the Tennessee Bureau of TennCare for the TennCare Management Information System.

Dallas-based ACS (NYSE: ACS) provides state health care program administration and supports Medicaid programs in 12 states and the District of Columbia in addition to the Tennessee contract.

The contract calls for ACS to assume responsibility for the current TennCare Management Information System used by the state for the management of its Medicaid program. In addition to the takeover, ACS will be responsible for data management, as well as ongoing systems modifications and day-to-day operations.

Zycron is a minority-owned information technology staffing and outsourcing company.

“Zycron is excited to partner with ACS in supporting the State in meeting TennCare objectives,” says Zycron CEO Darrell Freeman. “Zycron’s strong presence in the IT industry coupled with ACS’s international profile is the ideal solution for the State of Tennessee.”

TennCare is Tennessee’s managed care Medicaid program, serving 1.2 million Tennesseans through a network of contracted, managed care companies.

The Company

Zycron is the largest IT services and solutions firm based in Middle Tennessee with offices across the state and in Dallas. Freeman founded the company in Nashville, Tenn., in 1991, and it has since become the state’s largest minority-owned IT staffing agency with business dealings nationwide and overseas. For the last 16 years Zycron has been an award-winning leader in the IT industry, and serves as a primary vendor for many of Tennessee’s powerhouse companies such as Tennessee Valley Authority, Hospital Corporation of America, FedEx, Memphis Light Gas & Water utility company, and Nashville Electric Service.

Among other successes, Zycron has received honors such as: Regional Minority Supplier of the Year; Mid-South Minority Business of the Year; Business Journal Future 50; and Top 100 Inner City Company.

Smith will be charged with expanding the company’s revenues as well as expanding its clientele across the country. His daily responsibilities will include achieving profitability targets, working with the CEO to develop and implement strategies for improving overall operational performance, and leading key sales campaigns with existing and prospective clients.