Unisys and Sausage Form E-comm Alliance

IT services outfit Unisys and Web software-makers Sausage Software have aligned to hit the small to medium transactions market.

The global deal is aimed squarely at building front-end integration applications and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions for the government, education and airline industries, according to David Ireland, managing director of e-business and e-government, Unisys Australia.

The companies plan to offer Sausage's e-business software range with Unisys' customer loyalty products, he said.

Unisys partnered with Sausage to bolster its front-end system integration capability. "While we have a high transaction and large integration heritage, we weren't seen as strong in the front-end systems space. Sausage has the smarts that Unisys found it hard to locate, and they also came along with their usability labs and pizzazz," Ireland said.

He forecast the deal would generate $250 million in combined revenue over the next year. Sausage will gain automatic entry to Unisys' client base, which includes airline carriers Qantas and Ansett.

Globally, Unisys is yet to decide whether the joint solutions will be delivered through an ASP model, Ireland said.

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