HP disaster recovery head jumps to IBM
Just months after taking the position, HP’s director of business continuity for the Americas has resigned for a similar role at IBM. John Jackson, joins as vice-president of IBM Global Services business continuity and recovery services group. He succeeds — and will report to — Don DeMarco, now vice-president of IBM Integrated Technology Services, Americas. Jackson will oversee strategy, business development, marketing and delivery for his group. Jackson led Comdisco’s disaster recovery unit as it fielded a record number of disaster declarations from clients following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US. Bankrupt Comdisco sold that unit soon after to SunGard Data Systems, which beat HP in a bidding war. That acquisition gave SunGard a significant customer base in the US, where IBM is its only major competitor, according to research firm, Gartner.
Fujitsu, Siemens team for services
Siemens Business Services (SBS) and Fujitsu have struck an agreement to boost their combined presence in the IT services arena. Under the deal, each will take advantage of the other’s local infrastructure and human resources to support internationally operating customers — Fujitsu will be able to offer its Japanese customers local support in Europe and North America, where it doesn’t operate directly, while SBS will be able to offer an improved service in Japan and other countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The non-exclusive, preferential agreement covers a wide range of IT services, including consulting and systems integration as well as the management and outsourcing of complex IT infrastructures. The tie-up with Fujitsu is good news for SBS, which has been looking for an Asian partner for more than a year.