Unisys to host ASP service for Aust, UK

Unisys New Zealand is to host ASP services for Unisys in Australia and the UK.

Unisys New Zealand is to host ASP services for Unisys in Australia and the UK.

The company launched Unisys ASP Services in New Zealand at the end of June and now claims 150 users over 13 customers including Carter Holt Harvey, Fuji Xerox, Deloitte Consulting, New Zealand Funds Management and Cortex Communications.

Within the next two months Unisys will offer ASP services in Australia and the UK hosted by the company's New Zealand facility. A team of seven local staff will leave shortly for the UK to implement the system. Unisys in the US will have its own ASP centre but it will be based on the blueprint developed here.

Unisys's Asia Pacific ASP services general manager, Sean McDonald, says ASP Direct encompasses five sets of applications:

  • the electronic exchange system OrderWare developed by Auckland-based Genie Systems;
  • the CRM product SplashNet from Auckland-based StayinFront (formerly The Great Elk);
  • the business management suite e-Enterprise by US-based Great Plains;
  • the financials package Web Financials by UK-based QSP; and
  • the online survey software E-validates by Auckland-based Advance Management Systems.
More customised offerings such as ASP Solutions and ASP Infrahost, which are aimed at the corporate market, will be provided by the country office of the customer. The OrderWare system will be provided for about $1 per transaction.

McDonald says 60% of customers access the service through the Internet, 30% via dedicated leased lines and 10% through a virtual private network. Around 95% use a browser with 5% using Citrix.

Unisys New Zealand has also set up e-accreditates, a programme for software developers which tests software on its suitability for running in an ASP environment. The programme covers three levels, the first of which is free. The higher levels are charged depending on the complexity of the systems involved.

McDonald says software which is passed by e-accreditates will not necessarily be offered through Unisys ASP Services.

"It just lets developers know that their applications can live in a load-balanced, clustered, highly secure, ASP environment. They can then take it to any ASP and know it will work."

There are five local developers doing the accreditation programme and about 10 waiting to join, Unisys says.

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