VAR500: IBM Strikes Deal With Ukraine Bank; HP Bolsters Health-Care Practice

VAR500 Solution Providers In The News

North America's largest revenue-generating solution providers are making headlines by signing deals with European banks, implementing health-care management solutions, publishing e-books on cloud computing and more. Here's what's happening at VAR500 companies, including IBM Global Services, HP Services, DLT Solutions, CIBER, Capgemini and PC Connection.

IBM Global Services Wins Deal With Ukrainian Bank

IBM Global Services is the beneficiary of a $200 million outsourcing deal with a Ukraine bank. As part of the 10-year agreement, IBM will be responsible for the development and support of PJSC Ukrsotsbank's information systems and applications as well as the management of the bank's IT infrastructure. Through its partnership with solution provider IBM, the bank is aiming to improve customer service, increase performance efficiency and lower operational risk across its country-wide network of nearly 400 branches.

HP Focuses On Health Care

In an effort to provide better health services to patients, HP will integrate Central Logic Core, a Web-based bed management system, into its HP Z600 Workstations. The move is aimed at helping hospitals improve patient care, increase hospital efficiency and reduce costs. Hospital staff can replace their whiteboards with this HP touchscreen technology solution to more easily manage patient case processing and bed capacity optimization. Central Logic's software will be sold exclusively on HP hardware through HP Healthcare Specialist Partners and distributors such as Ingram-Micro.

CIBER Vet To Head Its Oracle Practice

IT solution provider CIBER, an Oracle partner for more than 20 years, has tapped its 16-year veteran, Mike Dillon, to lead its North America Oracle Practice, and Garth Carter, the head of CIBER's public sector and higher education segment, to lead Oracle sales for the company. CIBER's Oracle practice helps commercial businesses, government and higher education institutions implement, upgrade and maintain Oracle's entire application and technology suite. Scott Jostes, CIBER's previous Oracle Practice leader, is a former Oracle employee with more than 20 years of IT experience. He will lead expansion of CIBER's Oracle commercial business, working with Dillon and Carter.

DLT Offers eBook On Cloud Computing

DLT Solutions has published an eBook titled ’Cloud Computing for Govies,’ which provides government agencies with detailed information on the different types of cloud computing solutions available and how they differ, in relation to the unique needs of public sector IT environments. Included are tips to help public sector IT professionals navigate current mandates, available solutions and the best options for government cloud environments.

Capgemini Debuts Digital Microcredit Platform

Capgemini and its subsidiary Sogeti are launching a digital microcredit platform in partnership with MicroWorld. MicroWorld enables individuals and companies to lend small sums of money to finance micro-entrepreneurs who are unable to access traditional banking services. Capgemini, Sogeti and MicroWorld have collaborated to design a digital platform that, according to the companies, for the first time, links micro-entrepreneurs with micro-lenders within companies. The microcredit platform enables sums of money from as little as 20 euros [about $26.50] to be given as interest-free loans to micro-entrepreneurs worldwide. Each lender is able to measure the real impact their loan is making at any time during the term of the loan. Once the loan has been repaid, lenders can either withdraw their money or reinvest it in other projects.

PC Connection Executive Moves

Joseph S. Driscoll is joining VAR500 IT solution provider PC Connection as senior vice president, treasurer, and chief financial officer, and will report to Timothy McGrath, president and chief executive officer. His appointment will become effective early next month. Driscoll is replacing the retiring Jack L. Ferguson. From 2006-2012, Driscoll served as Chief Financial Officer of Summer Infant, a manufacturer and supplier of infant and toddler-related products.