IBM to buy Indian outsourcer
IBM has agreed to buy Daksh eServices, a Gurgaon, India-based outsourcer that offers technical support, call centre and back-office business services. Daksh, which has about 6,000 employees, will become part of IBM's business consulting services unit. IBM didn't disclose the purchase price.
DOJ looks past big three ERP vendors
American Management Systems in Fairfax., says it has won a contract valued at up to US$24 million to provide finance applications to the US Department of Justice. The agency's choice came just a month after it sued to block Oracle Corp.'s takeover bid for PeopleSoft, saying the deal will leave SAP AG and Oracle as the only major vendors of enterprise-class ERP applications.
Vendors team on Cobol migration
Microsoft and Micro Focus International in Rockville say they're teaming up to support migration of Cobol mainframe applications to Windows servers. The deal is built around the use of rehosting software developed by Micro Focus.
Unisys says CEO plans to step down
UNISYS announced that top executive Lawrence Weinbach has given up responsibility for day-to-day operations and will step down as CEO in January. Joseph McGrath, who had been in charge of IT services, was named president and chief operating officer. Unisys also gave George Gazerwitz, the head of its systems division, the additional title of vice chairman. Weinbach plans to remain as chairman until January 2006.
Dell to bundle Oracle software
DELL will sell Oracle's Standard Edition One database software pre-installed on two-processor PowerEdge servers. Dell will sell PowerEdge 2650 and PowerEdge 2600 servers that have been pre-tested and configured to support the Oracle software. Dell will act as the single point of contact for support for both the hardware and software installation. The combined hardware and software platforms are available for order now with Red Hat Enterprise Linux starting at about US$4,000. Dell also will factory install Oracle Standard Edition One with Red Hat Linux and Windows on the PowerEdge 2600 and 2650 servers, Dell says. The announcement comes a year after the companies partnered to push clusters of low-cost systems running Oracle software.