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Following Unisys’ recent announcement regarding their cloud computing strategy (Unisys Moves to Break Through Barriers to Adoption of Cloud Computing) I had the opportunity to speak with Rich Marcello, president of Unisys Systems & Technology, and Sam Gross, VP of Unisys Global IT Outsourcing Solutions. What struck me was the coherence and clarity of their cloud computing vision as compared to HP or IBM. Unisys’ strategy bridges public, private and hybrid cloud models, and includes well-differentiated infrastructure, platform and software as a service offerings (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS). Further, they wrap this all in a set of comprehensive service offerings that they can deliver globally. It’s a big vision, and if they can pull it off it should make them one of the more interesting providers out there. One of their key differentiators is Unisys Stealth (described bel... (more)

Broadridge Issues Founder Grants to Corporate Officers

LAKE SUCCESS, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/25/08 -- Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR), a leading global provider of technology-based outsourcing solutions to the financial services industry, today announced that the Compensation Committee (the "Committee") made up of independent outside directors of the Board of Directors of the Company, approved founder equity grants under the Company's 2007 Omnibus Award Plan to certain of the Company's corporate officers. This program is in addition to the current annual equity grant program for corporate officers. The Committee determined it was appropriate to increase the total ownership of Company shares by the corporate officers through a multi-year series of stock option grants. The Committee's long-term goal is to have corporate officers own directly, or have granted to them in the form of stock options and restr... (more)

Sutherland Global Services Announces Major Expansion in Philippines

CARMONA, PHILIPPINES -- (Marketwire) -- 05/10/12 -- Rochester, US headquartered BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) and ITeS (Information Technology Enabled Services) major Sutherland Global Services has announced that the company is planning a significant expansion in the Philippines. As part of this expansion, Sutherland will be investing $50 million in a world class 8,000 people Integrated Technology and BPO Campus to be set up in Carmona Cavite, Philippines. In the Philippines, Sutherland already has a strong presence with over 13,000 people. When the current expansion is completed and once the campus becomes fully operational, Sutherland would have had a significant expansion to its headcount in the Philippines. Globally, Sutherland is one of the world's largest pure-play BPO companies with over 30,000 people working out of its 35 operations centers and 10 cou... (more)

Accenture Selected by Government of Canary Islands to Support Digital Justice Program

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been selected by the regional government of the Canary Islands to provide management consulting and technology services to the regional Department of Justice to help modernize its judicial information system. The project will enhance court operations and support the delivery of justice in the region by upgrading and integrating the island’s judicial information system (Atlante II) with the systems used by Spain’s Ministry of Justice and Spain’s national and regional police forces. Accenture will help automate the delivery of approximately 6,500 court notifications per day to users of the system to enable greater information sharing and to reduce delays and costs associated with case processing. The system has more than 4,200 users who include judges, magistrates, prosecutors, coroners and civil servants. The project also will provide the r... (more)

Global Manufacturing IT Spending Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Microsoft

DUBLIN, August 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dublin - Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fg5b3h/global) has announced the addition of the "Global Manufacturing IT Spending Market 2014-2018" report to their offering.       (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) IT makes a significant contribution to the productivity of the Manufacturing sector in the management of supply chains, CRM, collaborating in designs, and increasing employee output. IT helps to control access and store, transmit, and manipulate information with a higher degree of accuracy and less redundancy, thereby enhancing the performance of the sector.  Manufacturing companies are increasingly adopting IT services to optimize their business processes. . Apart from spending on hardware and software programs including CRM and ERP, manufacturing companies are ado... (more)

1 in 4 IT Jobs Going Offshore, Says Gartner; One Major "Offshoring Failure" in 2004 Predicted

Read "Offshoring Offers Opportunities for U.S. IT Troubleshooters" Read "Offshore Outsourcing: Magic Bullet or Dirty Word?" Roger Cox, managing VP at Gartner, has been telling silicon.com that a quarter of traditional IT jobs in Western countries will move to offshore locations such as India by 2010. The global trend toward "offshoring," in other words, continues to boom in Europe - as elsewhere. According to the latest figures from Gartner, outsourcing as a whole is outstripping the IT services market in Europe, growing by 3.1% in 2004 and predicted to rise to 8% by 2007 - "with the offshore element tipped to grow hugely," adds Cox. Gartner predicts almost a third of leading European businesses will include an offshore element in their IT plans by 2005. According to silicon.com, Cox said "The alarming nature of that headline '1 in 4' figure masks the true story." ... (more)

Offshore Outsourcing: Magic Bullet or Dirty Word?

Read JDJ's 2004 Predictions by i-Technology Leaders Feature Story Read The End of Middleware by Jonathan Schwartz Read From the Founding Editor by Steve Benfield In the world of IT, outsourcing is either the dirtiest word you can utter or a brilliant one; it's all about who says it to whom and where it is said. No matter who uses it, it is a word most often said in private. When corporate managers use the word, it is always mentioned in a most confidential fashion as a potential cost-cutting tactic, a magic bullet to increase margins. When technical people use the word in public it is always with a hushed tone, as if speaking it aloud would give management the idea. In private it is discussed as if it were the greatest evil ever to befall the world, a faceless monster from far away. The reality falls somewhere in the middle. Outsourcing can be an extremely complex a... (more)

CIA was Headed to an Enterprise Cloud All Along: Jill Tummler Singer

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer "I believe commercial solutions - whether its Google’s cloud or Amazon’s web services - may be perfect for many companies. But some corporations and government agencies are not going to be comfortable outsourcing their information and services to the Internet-based cloud," said Jill Tummler Singer, Deputy CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency, on Tuesday, at SYS-CON's 1st Annual GovIT Expo, in the event's opening keynote. "For agencies like mine," Singer (pictured below) continued,  "and for many corporations, keeping such precious gems in our own possession is a foregone conclusion." Jill Tummler Singer keynoting at 1st Annual GovIT Conference & Expo, Oct. 6 The answer, for the CIA at least, is what Singer calls Enterprise Cloud Computing. Enterprise Cloud Computing as defined by Singer is behind the firewall and contained within a business... (more)

i-Technology Opinion: Outsourcing...to Students

JDJ Editorial Board member Yakov Fain writes: One of my resolutions this year is to start teaching part-time Java-related classes in some college. That's why I started browsing the computer science course lists that are being offered this year. While graduate-level programs offer many interesting courses, the situation is different in the undergrad world. Some schools keep teaching how to multiply matrices in Ada or work with algebraic expressions in Prolog. Half of the courses are preparing professionals who will be operating on another planet. Information systems programs look a little more down to earth. Meanwhile, many college graduates are having a hard time finding their first jobs because many entry-level programmers jobs are being outsourced overseas, and it'll stay this way as long as it makes financial sense for businesses. Unfortunately, student loans ha... (more)

Seven Strategies for Surviving Outsourcing

One of the most enduring of American legends is that of John Henry, the "steel drivin' man," who pitted his strength against a machine - and won. Unlike many legends, John Henry was a real person - a former slave who was hired by the C&O Railroad to cut holes in rock into which explosives were placed in order to create tunnels. It was slow, difficult, dangerous work and John Henry did it better than anyone. One day, a salesman came to John Henry's camp and boasted that his steam-powered drill could outwork any man, and the now-famous contest was on. John Henry won the race, drilling fourteen feet to the machine's nine, but his victory was short-lived as he died a few hours later from the stress of the competition. It's ironic, but the best thing for John Henry's reputation was his death after that victory. Had he lived, he would have seen his value as a worker dimi... (more)

Another Brick in the Wall

Do you feel that being a Java guru sets you apart and makes you indispensable in your company? Or are you an entry-level person scared of being laid off given all these outsourcing trends? What are your career choices in the corporate world? Put on your headphones, turn on Pink Floyd's album The Wall, and let's talk... Programmers earn their living by working either as employees or as temporary contractors. Often, people use the term consultant when they're referring to the employment status of a person, but this is just not right, because the word consultant means a subject expert, while the word contractor means a temporary worker and a separate legal entity, which is exactly what consultants are. There is an opinion that permanent employment provides better job security, but let's take a closer look at two former college roommates, Alex and Steve, who graduated ... (more)