Monday, July 6, 2015

Unisys moves HQ, outsources some IT guys

Unisys outsources its IT people to an India-based company

Unisys moves HQ, outsources some IT guys

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Unisys, the Blue Bell-based computer service company, has moved its headquarters down Union Meeting Road to one of its own former computer factories, newly gutted and renovated "Building B," leaving vacant the onetime Univac headquarters where it used to be based. Corporate Office Property Trust, the landord, is looking for tenants.

No sign announces the new HQ yet. Unisys has applied to Whitpain Township for logos visible from PA 73 (Skippack Pike), spokesman Jim Kerr told me.

Unisys' previous boss, Joseph McGrath, in late 2007 had proposed moving with 200 top exectuives and staffers to Two Liberty Place. But other tenants, including Cigna Inc., balked at Unisys' plan to post its logo on the high-rise tower, and the recessionary drop in Unisys' fortunes ended both the Center City move and McGrath's tenure.

Current ceo, turnaround specialist J. Edward Coleman, has no intention of leaving Blue Bell. What is continuing, as Coleman has promised, is the sale of Unisys assets and the outsourcing of Unisys jobs.

Most recently that includes some of  Unisys' own internal IT guys, who have been shifted to Indian-owned Hexaware Technologies, a "longtime partner" of Unisys, as the company "consolidated and outsourced day to day information technology support" and applications, Kerr told me.


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