Services briefs: CA, IBM, EDS

Services briefs: CA, IBM, EDS

CA to sell interBiz

Computer Associates has announced the sale of most of its interBiz e-business and hosting services unit assets to SSA Global Technologies. SSA purchased the business unit to aid its repositioning as a software vendor for industry verticals in the automotive, consumer goods, general manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Assets acquired by SSA include interBiz's supply-chain management, financial management and human resource management product lines.

IBM serves it up to Sun

IBM has unveiled a mid-range server aimed right at the mid-section of rival Sun Microsystems' server market. IBM's new p670 Unix server is designed to deliver many of the high-end features introduced with the company's enterprise p690 "Regatta" server last year. The p690 was targeted at Sun's high-end Unix server domination, and IBM is now intent on doing the same in the mid-range Unix server market. In response, Sun Microsystems has unleashed a half-pint version of its hearty Starcat Unix server, which company officials have dubbed "Star Kitty". IBM possesses an almost 21 per cent share and Sun a 29 per cent share of the Unix server market.

EDS overhauls business

Electronic Data Systems is reorganising its three largest business lines in an effort to win IT business away from the Big Five firms. EDS will dissolve its current business units and reconstitute their elements into two new internal organisations, Operations Solutions and Solutions Consulting. The changes will take effect this week and result in no redundancies, according to the company. EDS spokesman Jeff Baum said the company has an opportunity to grab share in a shifting market. The Big Five accounting firms are feeling pressure to stop providing services, such as IT consulting, that aren't related to their core auditing services.

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