, the Blue Bell, Pa.-based ASP and Internet Access Technologies, Inc. (IAT), a Houston, Texas-based software development firm, today announced an agreement to provide government and educational institutions with easier access to SimDesk, IATs suite of Web-enabled productivity applications.
As part of the licensing and reseller agreement, Unisys will provide ASP delivery of SimDesk applications, which include word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, calendar, contact and file management, backup utilities, and remote printing, to international governments; U.S. federal, state and local agencies; and educational establishments.
Unisys will host SimDesk on the Unisys ES7000, its enterprise server, and says that reselling SimDesk for access via any Internet-connected device, will help reduce IT costs for government agencies and educational organizations while providing citizens and employees with greater access to office and educational software.
IAT says the SimDesk technology is able to reduce IT budgets by allowing for server consolidation and software maintenance to take place on a server.
Users are able to store, manage, and access information from any device with access to the Internet, whether it be a cell phone, Palm device, personal or public computer, or Internet appliance.
“Governments everywhere are faced with tight budgets and increased security priorities; however they remain committed to providing the benefits of technology to all people,” says Greg Baroni, president, Global Public Sector, Unisys.
“Unisys is eager to help public sector organizations reduce IT costs while still serving their constituents and employees well,” he adds.
“Working with Unisys, we are able to offer greater public access to an unparalleled cutting-edge suite of applications,” says Robert E. Knowling, Jr., IAT’s chairman and chief executive officer.
“With SimDesk, there is a solution that helps bridge the digital divide between the technology haves and have-nots; not only in terms of access to computers, but access to new technology.”