Unisys becomes Australian

Unisys becomes Australian

Major outsourcer and services company, Unisys, has revamped its internal structures in Australia to make itself more responsive to customers.

Previously, its Australian operations were registered as a foreign company operating in Australia.

Now, Unisys has changed its status to become an Australian company, Unisys Australia Pty Ltd.

The assets and liabilities of the old company, now registered as Unisys Phillipines, have been transferred to the new Australian company.

Unisys PR director, Alan Smith, said under the old structure, clients negotiating contracts came across blocks in the due diligence process. US policies prevented the Australian operations from letting clients see as much of 'the books' as they wanted.

Now clients can see more financial information than previously, as required by Australian law.

Sometimes contracts also had to be signed in the US, which needed them to be physically couriered to the US, rather than emailed, a process that took several days. Those major contracts could be signed here.

Smith described the change as a simple bureaucratic measure, giving the company the same legal staus as other major IT vendors like IBM, HP, SAP and PeopleSoft.

Their Australian operations were all Australian registered companies owned by foreign-owned parents.

For clients, who tended to buy Unisys products and services direct from the company, it would make little difference to them, except making contracting issues simpler and easier, he said.

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