Services Briefs: SDS, Sun, MS

Services Briefs: SDS, Sun, MS

SDS scales up

Scalable Data Systems, a distributor of Axapta ERP/collaborative commerce software, has opened a new office in Sydney's Pyrmont and is renting new headquarters in Melbourne's Southbank. SDS managing director John Crew said there has been a 200 per cent increase in staff in Sydney and a 300 per cent increase in Melbourne, and expects further growth over the next 12 months, but was unable to confirm exactly how many staff the company employs. Axapta's ERP software has a large market share in Europe and has so far been implemented in 19 mid-tier customers in Australia.

Sun to shed jobs

Sun Microsystems continued to experience relatively flat hardware sales in its third fiscal quarter, and will cut its workforce by 1,000 jobs over the next six to nine months. Sun posted $US3.1 billion in revenue for its third quarter, to March 31. In the same period last year, Sun generated $4.1 billion in revenue. Including charges, Sun's net loss was $37 million. The 1,000 staff will leave in the next six to nine months through attrition and re-organisation, said Michael Lehman, Sun's executive vice president and chief financial officer. The company has reiterated its goal of reaching profitability in the next quarter.

MS and Q tie SP knot

Microsoft and Compaq have combined their certification programs for service providers. The amalgamation of Microsoft's Gold Certification program with Compaq's SP Signature Certification program means that customers will be able to save time and money while also benefiting from a certification that bears the name of both well-recognised brands, the companies said in a statement. Microsoft and Compaq will inspect a service provider's hardware, operating system, applications, databases, networks and IT management practices with a single on-site assessment. Financial details of the joint certification program were not disclosed.

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