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State of Michigan Enhances Business Efficiency by Integrating Vital Applications through Unisys ClearPath Server System


Real-time computing power with new economic model enables secure business operations and helps accelerate performance of critical justice applications

BLUE BELL, Pa., August 2, 2006 – Consolidating critical government applications onto a single ClearPath mainframe-class enterprise server system from Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) is proving instrumental to the State of Michigan’s initiative to streamline its IT infrastructure and contain computing costs.

The state has replaced two older mainframes with a single ClearPath Plus Libra Model 595 system, reducing the cost of managing the IT infrastructure while maximizing the stability and security required to conduct business.

The ClearPath enterprise server integrates police applications with motor vehicle, driver and corrections applications in a single environment. This facilitates tighter integration among the three divisions and improves the data correlation required for an integrated justice system that can increase crime prevention and reduce the time required to solve crimes.

The ClearPath system also enables the state to employ a “pay-for-use” business model that not only drives cost efficiencies, but also enables a real-time infrastructure providing higher visibility into how computing resources must be allocated to support critical business processes. The State of Michigan can instantly access capacity on an as-needed basis, virtually eliminating under utilization and the accompanying overhead while achieving greater visibility into the capacity requirements and greater predictability of the evolving IT needs for the various government divisions.

“Unisys helped us discover that the mainframe has evolved way past the old ‘glass-house’ system into a dynamic engine for intragovernmental cooperation and business transformation,” said Carol Steele Sherman, director of Data Center Operations, Department of Information Technology, State of Michigan. “We have a keener understanding of our capacity requirements and can plan for the future more precisely. Plus, by paying only for the computing power we need, we can use the taxpayers’ money more efficiently and invest the savings for additional services to benefit the citizens of Michigan.”

The enhanced data integration enabled by the ClearPath system also sharply reduces data processing cycles – helping ensure that critical data remains up-to-date across the various government divisions and helping eliminate associated administrative errors.

Deploying the ClearPath system contributes to the state’s implementation of a real-time infrastructure that directly and dynamically enables strategic business processes and helps the state realize key benefits of secure business operations – breakthrough performance in service to citizens, greater agility in IT management with minimized risk and higher availability, improved operational efficiency and enhanced cost control.

“The way the State of Michigan is using the ClearPath system demonstrates why mainframe-class servers are undergoing a resurgence in popularity: Because they can offer an optimal combination of power, flexibility, openness and economies in cost of ownership,” said Rod Sapp, director, ClearPath Systems and Solutions, Unisys. “This advanced Unisys system serves as the linchpin of a real-time infrastructure that helps the State of Michigan to gain greater visibility and predictability of IT management requirements and realize the advantages of secure business operations to benefit the citizens of Michigan.”

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