NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Zycron was awarded a $29 million information technology outsourcing contract with Nashville Electric Service, one of the 12 largest public electric utilities in the nation. The four-year agreement began October 16, 2011, and includes both IT applications and infrastructure support.

The contract includes 49 percent participation by CIBER, a $1.1 billion dollar IT services provider that previously was the prime vendor at NES. Zycron and CIBER have partnered since 2004 to provide IT services to NES, which distributes energy to more than 357,000 customers in Middle Tennessee. This contract change was designed to better achieve specific business objectives of each company while ensuring continued quality service to NES.

“Zycron is delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with NES and CIBER,” Zycron Executive Chairman Darrell S. Freeman said. “This new contract expands Zycron’s footprint in the public utilities space and allows us the opportunity to continue serving NES and the citizens of Middle Tennessee.”

Zycron is now the primary vendor that manages NES’s onsite IT services, including applications development and maintenance, database administration, security administration, PC support, network support and help desk services.

Zycron’s client footprint in the energy and utilities industry spans Tennessee including Memphis Light Gas and Water, the largest three-service public utility in the nation, and Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public power company.

This contract change comes as Zycron celebrates its 20-year anniversary in the IT industry. For the first time, the company reached 300 employees and was one of only four Tennessee-based businesses to appear in Black Enterprise Magazine’s BE 100s, an annual list of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses.

“As Zycron celebrates its 20-year anniversary, we are truly honored to be recognized among elite organizations around the country,” Zycron President and CEO Steven Howard Smith said.