You're right, this isn't an HR-centric news item. It is however a precursor of what I believe we're going to see more of in 2007.
Unisys Corporation announced a global alliance with Wipro Technologies, the IT Services Business of Wipro Ltd. to establish an integrated means to execute go-to-market and delivery activities for managed services. The two companies will seek opportunities to provide a range of IT services, drawing on their complementary strengths, to enterprise and public sector clients.
Under the terms of the alliance, Wipro Technologies will work with Unisys to jointly provide deskside and hardware support services and multi-lingual service desk services for global customers.
The alliance has already yielded a major engagement in which Unisys will be a subcontractor to Wipro in providing managed services to a Fortune 500 company based in the United States. Wipro and Unisys will support more than 20,000 of the company’s employees in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The initial outsourcing engagement for a Fortune 500 company; Unisys share of total contract value estimated at $27.5m over 5 years.
Under the terms of its subcontract with Wipro, Unisys, as Wipro’s subcontractor, will provide the client with non-remote support services, including maintenance for desktops and servers; deskside support; equipment installs, moves, adds and changes (IMACs); and tape exchanges at data centers. Wipro will handle remote services, including remote server management and service desk/help desk support.