One look at the history of Unisys Corporation, a worldwide information technology services and solutions company, will engender impressions of endurance, stamina, tenacity and perseverance. You don't survive the depression, two World Wars, the dawn of space travel and countless inventions if you don't put forth a good offering. However, Don Montgomery, program director, business intelligence at Unisys, cautions that the company has not reached its strongest technology point to date by resolutely sticking to one formula. Like Coca-Cola, which also had its start in 1886, the formula has been tweaked.

Unisys was created in 1986 through the merger of Sperry and Burroughs companies. The 1997 election of Lawrence A. Weinbach as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Unisys Corporation initiated the formula shift. Coining the company's current motto, "services- led, technology- enabled," Weinbach guided Unisys in its most notable transformation to date. Before 1997, Unisys was a hardware company –­ the purveyor of the biggest, most reliable mainframe. It was technology, it was engineering excellence, it was supreme technology excellence. However, those that moved on from mainframes lost track of the company. Weinbach transformed the company that everyone thought of as a mainframe company into a company that, since the end of 2001, has more than 75 percent of revenue from services. Weinbach introduced the service culture at Unisys. He remade Unisys as a services and support company, completely changing the company's identity. Today, the company is not strictly mainframe-oriented, or technology-oriented for that matter. The company combines expertise in systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure, server technology and consulting in six primary vertical markets including financial services, public sector, communications, transportation, commercial and media.

Register or login for access to this item and much more

All Information Management content is archived after seven days.

Community members receive:
  • All recent and archived articles
  • Conference offers and updates
  • A full menu of enewsletter options
  • Web seminars, white papers, ebooks

Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access