More than a year into an $1.8 billion agreement with AT&T Solutions and International Business Machines Global Services, Bank One Corp. is gaining recognition as an especially effective manager of outsourcing.

The Chicago banking company says its six-year outsourcing contract has lowered costs and employee attrition. It has also spawned a "farm system" for bank technologists at Ohio State University in Columbus, the old Banc One Corp.'s headquarters city.

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