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Unisys' Y2K hangover socks Q1 sales

Once thought to be exterminated, the year 2000 (Y2K) bug has managed to put the bite on Unisys, with the vendor announcing its first-quarter revenue will be a lower-than-expected $US1.66 billion to $US1.69 billion. The company cited lingering weakness in its federal government business and a slow recovery in its financial services business following the Y2K transition as the key contributors to its lowered revenue outlook. During the quarter, Unisys implemented a new go-to-market model for its 1000 largest clients worldwide. While the company said it was careful to minimise disruption to client interfaces during the transition, the implementation of the new approach requiredadditional training, organisational meetings and resource reallocation that resulted in less time devoted to sales efforts early in the quarter. www.unisys.comEMC, Cisco, Oracle team to offer infrastructure blueprintsEMC, Cisco Systems and Oracle have announced an alliance to simplify the implementation of networks that use e-business technology from the three companies. The companies have established a joint development centre from which technical configuration blueprints of the companies' technologies, as they work together, will be available, the companies said, adding they have many customers in common, and the blueprints will help those customers build their networks. The blueprints will make available information that was previously only available on a custom basis, by contacting each company individually, they said. In separate news, Cisco chief technology officer Judith Estrin will leave the company on April 28 to create a new technology company. www.emc.com, www.cisco.com, www.oracle.com

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