Unisys Corporation announced it is collaborating with Microsoft to take advantage of .NET software as part of the Unisys Business Blueprinting initiative, a comprehensive consulting, development and delivery strategy. Unisys will incorporate .NET development tools, Microsoft BizTalk Server and the Windows Server System into the new consulting and integration services announced today.

A comprehensive consulting, development and delivery strategy, Unisys Business Blueprinting builds models that link business processes to the software and systems that support them. Unisys Business Blueprinting allows clients to visualize how changes would affect not only the IT infrastructure but also the business itself. This enables them to rapidly assemble new business structures – new in terms of people, processes and technology – to prepare for shifts in the market, shifts in the organization, or shifts in the technology. Unisys is applying this approach to the arena of high-volume, business-critical systems in the industries the company serves.

Using Microsoft .NET technologies, customers in such sectors as government, healthcare, transportation and insurance, for example, can take advantage of Unisys Business Blueprinting to implement high-volume, business-critical solutions.

As part of the collaboration, the companies will open Team Jupiter Lab, a workshop in the Unisys Redmond Technology Center where software developers can design and deploy applications using BizTalk Server 2004, the integration foundation for Microsoft's next-generation E-Business software, code named "Jupiter." Jupiter integrates Microsoft's BizTalk Server, Commerce Server and Content Management Server into a single solution that connects partners, employees and customers with information and processes. The lab will give customers and independent software vendors the opportunity to work with Unisys and Microsoft solution architects on system design in a secure, scalable and structured testing environment.

Both companies see service-oriented architecture as the future of application development. Unisys and Microsoft will work together in the XML standards group Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) to promote the development and adoption of e-business and enterprise application interoperability standards such as Business Process Execution Language (BPEL).

In addition, Unisys is working with Microsoft's Agility Quotient as a complementary tool to Business Blueprinting. The Agility Quotient delivers a systemic analysis of a company's business drivers, determines the ability of each of these drivers to provide business agility, and provides prescriptive guidance based on the findings. Unisys can incorporate this guidance when delivering consulting and integration services using the Business Blueprinting methodology. Combined, Microsoft's Agility Quotient, .NET software, and Business Blueprints can help customers rapidly implement technology solutions that align with changing business requirements and priorities.

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