A new study indicates that the growing trend for utility firms to award IT outsourcing contracts both in Europe and North America will continue over the next year. A recent mega-deal signed by E.ON with two suppliers is an example of the utility sector embracing outsourcing. T-Systems also won a €1bn contract with the energy firm that will last between five and seven days. Centrica recently signed a deal to take advantage of onshore and offshore software testing skills through an £8m deal with Software Quality Systems. Today Utility companies are making efforts to cut costs by outsourcing a process to an experienced, lower cost specialist supplier.