Wang snuggles closer to Microsoft

Microsoft and Wang Global have tightened their connection with the announcement of a broad alliance to combine Microsoft's enterprise offerings with Wang Global's consulting, support and integration services. 'We're placing a major bet ... in the Microsoft environment,' said Joe Tucci,CEO of Wang Global, a company formed by Wang Laboratories' buyout of an Olivetti subsidiary, Olsy. 'Our services and advanced solutions are going to be based around Microsoft.'

Microsoft and Wang Global have tightened their connection with the announcement of a broad alliance to combine Microsoft's enterprise offerings with Wang Global's consulting, support and integration services.

"We're placing a major bet ... in the Microsoft environment," said Joe Tucci, chairman and CEO of Wang Global, a company formed by Wang Laboratories' buyout of an Olivetti subsidiary, Olsy. "Our services and advanced solutions are going to be based around" Microsoft.

The alliance will focus on five areas: migration to the latest Microsoft 32-bit desktop technologies; networking, messaging and intranet infrastructure; Internet and electronic commerce applications; networked technology services and component-based vertical applications, according to a statement from the companies.

One of the fruits of the alliance will be Global Office, which Tucci characterised as "Microsoft technologies packaged with Wang services."

Global Office will combine Wang Global's networked technology services and Microsoft's 32-bit software to help customers create managed desktops, according to the companies' statement.

Wang Global will offer component-based applications for the banking and retail industries built on Microsoft's technologies, including Windows Distributed Internet Architecture (DNA) for Financial Services for the banking industry and ActiveStore retail technology architecture, the statement said.

Despite Wang Global's increasing ties to Microsoft, Tucci said that Wang Global will continue to be a multivendor company.

"There is zero backing off our multivendor commitment," he said.

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