VAR500: Getting Down To Business With New Contracts, Products

New Products Come From VAR500 Companies As The Summer Ends

As the summer winds down, VAR500 companies are implementing new products and solutions with customers as varied as the National Library of France and KeyBank. See what projects IBM Global Services, Fiserve, HP Services, Insight and Atos Origin are involved in.

Fiserv Keeps KeyBank Customers On the Go

KeyBank is now providing customers with mobile banking services via a Fiserv (2010 VAR500 Rank: 34) product. KeyBank is among the first financial institutions in the U.S. to offer mobile banking to their entire customer base -- online banking customers and offline-banking customers.

Through Mobile Money from Fiserv, KeyBank provides customers with the ability to access their accounts through text messaging and to receive account alerts.

"The bank now has a unique mobile banking service, and will be able to reach more customers in more ways, and increase their satisfaction, as a result," said Erich Litch, senior VP and general manager, Consumer Services, Electronic Banking Services.

HP Wins Medicare Contract

HP Enterprise Services (2010 VAR500 rank: 2) has won a contract worth up to $200 million by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide application services that improve Medicare Part B claims processing and the delivery of health-care services to beneficiaries. HP will provide applications support and maintenance services, including full development life cycle support for system maintenance and enhancements.

"As the Medicare population grows, CMS continues to modernize to be able to manage and deliver transformative technology that will improve Medicare services for beneficiaries and health-care providers alike," said Dennis Stolkey, (left), senior vice president, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services.

French Library Checks Out Atos Origin

Atos Origin (2010 VAR500 rank: 19), is implementing a long-term digital preservation solution for the digital holdings of National Library of France. The "SPAR" system was launched in May 2010 and already holds 30,000 works -- the equivalent of roughly 6 terabytes --and is expected to reach 1,800 terabytes in 2014.

We are confident that, by the ingenuity of its architecture, its scalability and its soundness, this digital sustainability solution is the best at the present time, and will serve as a reference for all players confronted with the same challenges," says Herve de Colnet, Public Sector Market Director, Atos Origin France.

Panasonic Honors Insight As VAR of the Year

Insight Enterprises (2010 VAR500 rank: 28) has been named Panasonic’s 2009 Mobile Video Reseller of the Year for the third consecutive year.

’Insight's ability to deliver complex solutions, such as mobile video, makes them a valuable Panasonic partner," said Sheila O’Neil, (left), vice president, Panasonic Solutions Co.

Panasonic’s Arbitrator Mobile Digital Video System combines digital recording and data-compression technologies to provide an advanced incident documentation system that is gaining use in public safety as well as other industries.

CSC Debuts Managed Print Services

CSC (2010 VAR500 rank: 6), in partnership with Xerox, has launched Enterprise Print Solutions, which will help customers transform traditional print into transactional business processes and deliver that output from and to anywhere securely. CSC says EPS can reduce print and document management costs by up to 30 percent while enabling features such as scan to e-mail, secure release pull printing and paperless media conversion.

"By converting documents to electronic media, and by delivering secure and assured completion of network-enabled printing actions, we can help our clients contribute towards their Green IT agenda,’ said Peter Allen, (left), president of global sales and marketing, CSC.


IBM Enhances Learning Through the Cloud

IBM (2010 VAR500 rank: 1) is partnering with Wyse Technology, to deliver an IBM Smart Business Desktop Cloud solution to Fischer Middle School students in Aurora, Ill. This collaborative program, launched six months ago, includes Lrn2innovate, an education infrastructure provider, and the Dunham Fund, a private philanthropic foundation.

"A cloud-based or virtual delivery model allows schools and their superintendents to disperse new curriculum to schools simultaneously and seamlessly," said Rich Esposito, IBM Vice President of Workplace Services, IT Strategy Services.