Unisys Clients Bancolombia and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Named 2009 Computerworld Honors Program Award Winners
Bancolombia Data Center Initiative named category finalist; Pennsylvania Shared Services Initiative receives Laureate Medal
BLUE BELL, Pa. – The International Data Group’s Computerworld Honors Program recently selected Unisys clients Bancolombia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as members of its Laureates Class of 2009. In addition, Bancolombia was named one of the five finalists in the financial services category based on the success of the bank’s recent data center consolidation project. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was cited for its achievements in providing shared IT services to agencies throughout the state government.
The recognition of Bancolombia was based on the success of the bank’s project to consolidate its two main data centers. As a result of the consolidation, Bancolombia has reduced costs, focused essential resources on the application of a new architecture, demonstrated consistency in IT service delivery and significantly improved the cost of IT services – at no cost to customers.
The full scope of the project involved security and fraud prevention, outsourcing, managed end-user support services, payment systems and storage provisioning. By identifying and eliminating duplicative tasks and aligning and synchronizing data center operations, the bank’s Technology Group implemented a successful solution to some of its key business challenges.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of Administration’s Office of IT was cited for its project to consolidate IT resources and provide shared hosting services to multiple state agencies. These initiatives have led to $317 million in savings over the last three years, with an additional savings of $240 million expected over the next five years. Furthermore, the strategy has significantly improved IT service levels and performance and reduced security risk. A critical element of this initiative has been the consolidation of more than 17 agency data centers into one master “Data PowerHouse” and outsourced management of this state-of-the-art data center to Unisys.
These savings allow the state to divert more resources to education, economic development and the environment.
"Unisys (NYSE: UIS) congratulates Bancolombia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on this well deserved recognition,” said Tony P. Doye, president of Unisys Global Outsourcing and Infrastructure Services. “These Unisys clients have proven the power of IT to make private and government organizations more efficient while cutting costs and increasing security. We are pleased that Unisys is a part of their success.”
Founded by IDG in 1988, the Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. In its 21st year, Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to benefit society.
“Each year, the Computerworld Honors Program seeks to recognize organizations, from a variety of sectors, for their ongoing efforts to utilize technology in order to benefit society,” said Ron Milton, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation and Executive Vice President of Computerworld. “We are proud to provide a platform to publicly acknowledge these contributions.”
The Computerworld Honors medal ceremonies were held on June 1 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. To view the complete list of Laureates, visit http://www.cwhonors.org.
Bancolombia provides a full portfolio of general banking products and services to large industrial companies, small and medium–sized companies and individuals across Colombia and other parts of Latin America. Headquartered in Medellín, Colombia, Bancolombia has approximately 11,000 employees as well as 700+ branches and 1,000+ ATMs across the country. Bancolombia is the biggest bank in Colombia and holds the largest market share in the markets where it operates across Latin America. Bancolombia also has offices and operations in Panama, Cayman Island, Peru, El Salvador, Spain, Miami and Puerto Rico.
About Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of Administration
Established in 1955, the Governor’s Office of Administration (OA) provides policy direction, management services and technology infrastructure to all agencies under the jurisdiction of Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell. This includes, but is not limited to, the Departments of Public Welfare, Transportation, Labor and Industry, Corrections, Revenue and the Pennsylvania State Police. Included in the OA organization is the state’s Office for Information Technology (OA/OIT), which is responsible for leading and coordinating IT services in the Commonwealth. The OA/OIT implements the policy, planning and budget directives adopted by the Enterprise Information Technology Governance Board. With more than $1 billion in IT investments annually, the OA/OIT provides a diverse portfolio of IT services and solutions to its 12.3 million citizens and business customers worldwide.
Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With more than 27,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.
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