Services Briefs: HP, IDC, EDS

Services Briefs: HP, IDC, EDS

HP Services, Deloitte ink enterprise software dealHewlett-Packard has announced an alliance with Deloitte Consulting to jointly develop enterprise software products for customer relationship management and for managing relationships with business partners. Under the alliance, Deloitte Consulting will provide systems integration, process design and configuration, while HP's services team will focus on implementing the necessary IT infrastructure, managing the client's administration and data conversion from legacy systems. The alliance will charge fees based on the performance of the client companies.

IDC: Hosting services adoption stalled

A recent IDC survey conducted in the US found that only 5 per cent of respondents plan to increase their purchase of hosting services. That likely means future service provider spending will be focused on new services such as managed storage or application management, IDC said. The findings are from a January survey of IT managers regarding their use of services, which include application management, storage, content delivery and Web-hosting services.

Local EDS staff safe

The New Zealand and Australian operations of EDS will not, for the time being, be affected by a pruning of staff in US EDS offices, said Sydney-based EDS spokesman Brian Finn. EDS will cut 2000 jobs, or about 1.4 per cent of its workforce, chief executive Dick Brown announced last week. The move is due to a "spending slowdown" and not related to the IT service provider's relationship with the disgraced WorldCom, the company said. "Obviously there are more [consequences] to work through, but at the moment these moves are confined to North America," Finn said. Australia and New Zealand have already been through "a re-balancing exercise", he said. Re-balancing means aligning the workforce with workloads and the more successful areas of the company's business.

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