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U.S. General Services Administration Obtains Benefits of Cloud-Based Google Apps for Government Implemented by Unisys — Press Release

November 26, 2012 by · Comment
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New email and collaboration system has transformed the way GSA employees work, increasing efficiency and cutting costs

BLUE BELL, Pa., Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – More than a year after Unisys (NYSE: UIS) transitioned the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to cloud-based Google Apps for Government, agency officials say the new tools have transformed the way they conduct their business and led to increased collaboration and reduced costs.

The GSA awarded a contract to Unisys in late 2010 to install Google Apps for Government, which includes email and collaboration tools. About 17,500 GSA employees began using these tools in June 2011. Since then, GSA estimates it has saved about $2 million and expects another $15 million reduction in IT costs over the next five years.

GSA employees have created and shared more than 274,000 documents in Google Docs, and created more than 500 internal web sites using Google Sites.

GSA also cites a nearly 90 percent reduction in server energy consumption and 85 percent reduction in related carbon emissions. According to estimates by Google, the cost savings from this reduction in energy use will be $285,000 annually.

Examples of how Google Apps has transformed the agency were illustrated by the experiences of two GSA organizations: the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) and the Public Building Service (PBS).

FEDSIM

FEDSIM, the GSA organization that provides acquisition services to enable large-scale technology projects for other federal agencies, has used Google Apps to promote the mobility of its workforce. Many FEDSIM employees must work remotely at client sites, and Google Apps allows them to use their smartphones and tablets to stay in touch with their managers, edit documents and to view their colleagues’ calendars.

The video chat functionality in Google Apps helps employees reduce travel expenses while still allowing them to collaborate “face-to-face.”

In addition, FEDSIM used Google Sites to set up an internal portal within three days, at no additional cost – a process that previously could have required months when the work had been done through a contractor.

The infrastructure is now entirely under FEDSIM control. Employees use it as a repository for forms and policy documents; to reserve conference rooms and government-owned cars; to create and share award nominations, marketing slides, training materials and other documents. They are continually adding new features.

Public Building Service

The managers of PBS quickly recognized the potential of Google Apps as a knowledge management tool for organizing information and making it accessible to the workforce using a variety of devices, including smartphones and tablets. The organization has rolled out a project this year to use the tools to create a knowledge hub that serves as a focal point for sharing best practices, policies and standards for property management.

PBS used Google Sites to set up “communities” built around various mission areas such as facilities management, leasing and customers – allowing managers in different regions to share information on their activities. For example, PBS manages multiple facilities for the FBI across the country, and PBS managers who work with the FBI were able to use Google Apps to discuss common challenges and best practices.

Consequently, PBS is now better positioned to address GSA’s overall goal of driving consistency and standardization across the organization. As one PBS regional official stated, “The main benefit for me is knowing that there is a team of individuals working to reduce redundancy in effort.”

More importantly, Google Apps provides standardization and consistency, and that makes PBS more efficient and leads to better customer service.

“GSA has proven that innovative cloud-based solutions can help the government improve operations while cutting costs,” said Venkatapathi “PV” Puvvada, group vice president for civilian agencies at Unisys Federal Systems. “We are thrilled to be GSA’s industry partner in this project and look forward to helping them continue to maximize the benefits of these tools as well as helping other agencies to follow GSA’s lead.”

About Unisys

Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services and high-end server technology. With more than 22,500 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www . unisys . com.

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Unisys Announces Subscription-Based Service Platform to Help Federal Agencies Jumpstart Application Modernization Initiatives — Press Release

Unisys Announces Subscription-Based Service Platform to Help Federal Agencies Jumpstart Application Modernization Initiatives

New Application Modernization Platform as a Service solution helps reduce the cost, complexity, risk, and time involved in modernizing mission-critical applications

PR Newswire

BLUE BELL, Pa., Feb. 10, 2011

BLUE BELL, Pa., Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced its Application Modernization Platform as a Service (AMPS(SM)) offering, a subscription-based service to help federal government agencies reduce the cost, complexity, risk and time involved in modernizing their legacy software applications.

The platform, managed and monitored by Unisys, can be implemented via a cloud infrastructure or hosted on-site, allowing federal organizations to shorten the time associated with typical enterprise platform integration and procurement.

AMPS is the latest solution in the Unisys application modernization portfolio that includes extensive advisory, security and outsourcing solutions to help clients to keep pace with innovation while protecting their investments in existing mission-critical applications.

A recent study by MeriTalk and the Unisys Center for Innovation in Government looked at the progress of the federal government in modernizing its business applications and the cost and risk of maintaining outdated and redundant systems. The study, “Federal Application Modernization Road Trip: Express Lane or Detour Ahead?,” found that four out of five C-level federal IT executives said mission-critical government capabilities are at risk if agencies do not modernize legacy applications.

As budget-constrained federal agencies work to enhance public services while grappling with old, inflexible mission-critical applications, the new Unisys AMPS offering provides a compelling alternative to typical application modernization projects that require significant capital expenditures and take years to complete.

AMPS delivers an open, standards-based architecture to allow clients to incrementally modernize applications, using an optimized shared service application development process.

The Unisys AMPS offering, one of the first of its kind, combines services, IT infrastructure, and applications from leading providers such as EMC, Red Hat, Terremark, and SOA Software – all available via a cloud-based subscription model with full security and IT governance.

“The AMPS platform builds on Unisys’ strength in mission critical computing to enable federal organizations to accelerate their application modernization initiatives by sidestepping traditional constraints that can slow progress,” said Gene Zapfel, managing partner for portfolio solutions, Unisys Federal Systems. “AMPS significantly reduces capital expenditure and reduces total cost of ownership, which are especially important as federal IT budgets remain tight. Unisys AMPS offers agencies a path to incrementally modernize their enterprise applications and create more cost-effective shared services.”

AMPS features a pre-built, secure software platform that enables federal organizations to jumpstart, and later build on, application modernization initiatives, without the need to create complex linkages between disparate applications.

Because it is offered via a pay-per-use subscription model, the Unisys AMPS solution eliminates the need for up-front software licensing, hardware infrastructure, and systems integration typically associated with a large-scale IT initiative. The AMPS model also reduces costs related to in-house systems maintenance, management and upgrades. The solution delivers the economies of cloud computing, providing an environment that can scale as the agency expands its application modernization initiative.

AMPS will be supported by highly skilled teams of software and service experts at locations throughout the U.S., including the new Unisys Application Modernization Center of Excellence. Recently opened in St. Louis, Missouri, the center provides advanced services for building, operating, and maintaining innovative, leading-edge software applications for Unisys federal government and commercial clients.

The company is planning to extend the platform worldwide and to commercial clients in 2011. For more information on AMPS for the federal sector, visit http://www.Unisys.com/AMPS or listen to our podcast on “Facing the Application Modernization Challenge.”

About Unisys

Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services and high-end server technology. With more than 23,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.

RELEASE NO.: 0210/9019

Unisys is a registered trademark of Unisys Corporation. All other brands and products referenced herein are acknowledged to be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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Unisys Awarded Contract to Provide Software Development and Integration Services to Support NASA Langley Simulation and Flight Research for Aviation and Space Missions — Press Release

Unisys Awarded Contract to Provide Software Development and Integration Services to Support NASA Langley Simulation and Flight Research for Aviation and Space Missions

NASA contract, worth an estimated $48.5 million, extends 35-year relationship supporting the Langley Research Center simulation and flight research missions

BLUE BELL, Pa., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — NASA has awarded a contract to Unisys (NYSE: UIS) to provide application development and systems integration services to support the simulation and flight research projects at the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC).

The Langley Simulation and Aircraft Technical Services contract, a cost-plus-fixed-fee award, has a three-year base period valued at approximately $28 million, with one two-year option, exercisable at the discretion of the government and valued at approximately $20.5 million. This award was made to Unisys following a competitive bid process and extends the company’s 35-year relationship with NASA.

Under the contract, Unisys will be responsible for software and hardware design, development and testing; as well as operations and maintenance of the center’s simulation infrastructure and research systems. Unisys also will provide a range of technical services supporting NASA’s software and hardware technology, creativity and innovation initiatives for flight simulation facilities and research aircraft systems.

During its longstanding, collaborative relationship with NASA, Unisys developed the standard software framework used in LaRC simulators. The software, known as Langley Standard Real-Time Simulation in C++, was recognized as the LaRC Software of the Year in 2005, and was credited for saving NASA an estimated $17 million over 10 years through reduced labor costs due to high levels of software reuse.

“We are honored to be awarded this contract and for the opportunity to continue our successful collaboration and longstanding relationship with NASA Langley Research Center,” said Ted Davies, president, Unisys Federal Systems. “We look forward to supporting the center’s mission of providing innovative research support to NASA and its stakeholders.”

About Unisys

Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With approximately 23,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Any statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements rely on assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. In particular, statements about the value of the contract assume that the contract will continue for its full term, and that the actual cost of performance will be approximately the same as the costs currently estimated. Further, because agreements with government agencies are terminable before the end of their terms and are subject to the availability of appropriated funds, there is no guarantee that the contract will continue for its full term. Additional discussion of factors that could affect Unisys future results is contained in periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

RELEASE NO.: 0106/9012

Unisys is a registered trademark of Unisys Corporation. All other brands and products referenced herein are acknowledged to be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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Unisys Assists Brazil in Initiative to Enhance Port Security — Press Release

Unisys Assists Brazil in Initiative to Enhance Port Security

Unisys Provides Security Consulting Services to Help Assess Security and Efficiency of the Country’s Ports and Logistics Operations

BLUE BELL, Pa., June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Unisys (NYSE:UIS) today announced a contract with the Brazil Special Secretariat of Port Development and Modernization (SEP) to assist the agency in a key initiative aimed at enhancing operations, security and information exchange across the country’s logistics operations and maritime ports.

The consulting contract, funded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), is for Brazil’s Intelligent Cargo and Intelligent Network Port Logistics Chain project, which will assess how enhanced business processes, technologies and best practices can be used to improve the security and efficiency of the country’s port and logistics operations. The project represents a first step towards creating a single window for the sharing of data across Brazil’s logistics chains.

Unisys will examine the Brazilian trade environment and movement of cargo transported within the country, recommending advanced integrated solutions designed to share information among multiple stakeholders, mitigate logistics chain vulnerabilities and improve the efficiency of the country’s ports.

Specifically, Unisys will provide SEP with a comprehensive analysis of current domestic and international best practices and technologies for import and export operations, as well as a roadmap for implementation of an integrated solution to enable Brazil to enhance supply chain security while facilitating the flow of legitimate cargo and improving the sharing and dissemination of data. This effort will help SEP to understand requirements for transitioning to the Paperless Port System that will enable public and private sector organizations to share information across the entire logistics chain.

This project will guide SEP in accomplishing the dual objectives of promoting modern processes that facilitate the free flow of legitimate goods and safeguarding personnel, facilities, ships and cargo against illicit trade, crime and possible acts of terrorism.

Unisys brings to the project experience with some of the world’s most sophisticated cargo monitoring, tracking and security technologies, including radio frequency identification (RFID), electronic seals and container security devices. Unisys will also draw on its experience with end-to-end maritime supply chain and port security projects in the United States and globally.

In addition, Unisys will draw upon past work with numerous maritime and port logistics projects in Brazil, including Operation Safe Commerce, a program to fund business initiatives to improve security for container cargo moving internationally, and the Secure Corridor project to deploy and test container security devices.

“Governments around the world are looking for ways to increase the efficiency and security of their port operations and supply chains, and they are increasingly looking to integrated solutions with a small footprint, to address these challenges,” said Bob Bratt, managing partner, Homeland Security, Unisys Federal Systems. “Brazil’s Intelligent Cargo and Intelligent Network Port Logistics Chain Initiative exemplifies this approach. Unisys will apply its customer and maritime security expertise to help SEP analyze current operations, identify technology solutions, leverage international best practices and develop a roadmap to drive toward more secure and efficient port and logistics chain operations.”

About Unisys

Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With approximately 24,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.
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Unisys Awarded an Estimated $187 Million Contract to Manage and Upgrade ClearPath Mainframe Environment for U.S. Department of Defense — Press Release

Unisys Awarded an Estimated $187 Million Contract to Manage and Upgrade ClearPath Mainframe Environment for U.S. Department of Defense

Managed Services Contract Will Support Applications for Air Force, Army and Defense Finance and Accounting Service

BLUE BELL, Pa., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO) has awarded Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS) a contract to provide IT managed services for DISA’s Unisys ClearPath mainframe environment.

The contract, awarded in the fourth quarter of 2009, is worth an estimated $187 million over its five-year term. The award enables work Unisys has performed under a previous five-year task order to continue without interruption.

Under the contract, Unisys will provide additional mainframe processing capacity and support services for the agency’s ClearPath systems that support Air Force logistics, Defense Finance and Accounting Service financial activities, and other Department of Defense applications.

Unisys will also upgrade DISA’s mainframe and storage environment, including installation of a virtual tape library storage solution.

The ClearPath Dorado 700 Series is designed for transaction processing environments – especially those requiring continuous availability for highly variable performance workloads – and computing tasks requiring high security. Like other members of the ClearPath family, the Dorado 700 Series offers clients the ability to match computing expenditures to their business requirements. Through metering – a pay-for-use systems software licensing capability – clients can maximize system capacity during peaks and minimize costs when usage is low. This allows them to pay for the exact amount of processing power they use, as they use it.

“This contract represents an extension of a longstanding relationship between Unisys, DISA and DISA clients such as the Air Force,” said Jim Geiger, managing partner, Department of Defense, Unisys Federal Systems. “Our relationship with the Air Force began in 1983, and this contract will continue to support the service’s logistics and other applications. Unisys will continue to support these critical applications to help our Defense Department clients achieve their missions.”

About Unisys

Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With more than 26,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Any statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements rely on assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. In particular, statements in this release regarding the estimated value of this award are based on the assumption that the customer’s computing usage over the five year term of the new contract will be consistent with its past usage levels and that the contract will continue for its full term. Because agreements with government agencies are terminable before the end of their terms and are subject to the availability of appropriated funds, there is no guarantee that the contract will continue for its full term. Additional discussion of factors that could affect Unisys future results is contained in periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Australia awards IT contract to Unisys

February 25, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Contract Awards, IT, Unisys 

Earlier, here, we had written about some concern in Australia about awarding Unisys a IT contract based on some issues they had with American contracts. According to AustralianIT they went ahead and awarded the contract worth $240 M (Australian) to the company.

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Unisys work in US comes back to haunt them in Australia

February 3, 2008 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Australia, IT, Unisys 

The Australian Defense Association (ADA) is asking the government to investigate Unisys’s ability to do the work in a recent contract. They point out that the company is being investigated in the US for failing to deliver on IT security contracts. See the article here. With the defense industry so small, and global, it is hard for a nation to find within companies able to do all that they require.

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