Unisys Launches New Centre Amid Restructure

Unisys is claiming "substantial gains" locally despite disappointing worldwide results.

Unisys Corporation reported a third-quarter profit of $US42.9 million, down 69 per cent from earnings of $US138.4 million in the same three months last year. A Unisys spokesperson said third-quarter figures for Australia would not be released, but said there had been "substantial gains" in the Asian region.

Worldwide results were in line with a previous company announcement, with results for the three months ended September 30 following lower than expected second-quarter results.

Lawrence Weinbach, chairman and chief executive officer for Unisys, said at the announcement of the results that as part of a strategic review, the company would reduce its cost structure by de-emphasising some low-margin businesses and products.

As part of this realignment, the company is offering early retirement incentives to about 1500 US employees.

Meanwhile, the company also launch of a managed service centre in Sydney, which will service Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Korea and China.

Targeted at organisations with between 500 and 2000 seats, the vendor-neutral centre will provide 24x7 access to a managed network services portfolio that includes maintenance, help desk facilities, remote network management, network design, system management and security.

Janet Wallace, president global network services, said competing network management centres exist, but "these [Unisys] centres are not stand-alone, they are part of a network with the other centres, [which have] the same footprint and networks, and experts can be accessed from any of the centres".

The first centre was opened in 1998 in North America, with new centres "following the sun": South America, Asia and Europe.

Wallace said Sydney was chosen as the site for the South Pacific centre as it is the location of many of the large organisations in the Asian region.

Stan Young, director Asia Pacific theatre, said the purpose-built centre has the potential to deal with 500,000 help desk calls a year and 60,000 network devices.

"There is 24-hour security and the centre and communication lines can survive through most natural disasters," he said.

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