Unisys Wins $1.6 Million Systems Integration Contract With Varig
Airlines' 16,000-Member Employee Organization
Contract with Ruben Berta Foundation Broadens Varig's Relationship with Unisys
BLUE BELL, PA, DECEMBER 3, 1998 -- Unisys Corporation today announced
a $1.6 million systems integration contract with the Ruben Berta Foundation to automate
and link all of the foundation's systems for enhancing service, improving cash flow and
reducing cost. The foundation, 100% owned by employees of Varig Airlines of Brazil, is the
major shareholder of Varig and is also a benefits and services provider to the airline's
employees and their families.
The contract calls for Unisys to automate the foundation's accounting department,
medical services, patient profiling, social benefits, and nutrition and restaurant
programs. When the project is completed, the foundation will be able to share information
enterprise-wide to provide faster, higher-quality information and service to Varig
employees and their families. Automation of the accounting system is expected to improve
cash flow and reduce costs.
"In essence, Unisys will be the Information Technology department for the Ruben
Berta Foundation," said Joao Correia, general secretary of the Ruben Berta Foundation.
"Unisys is already working with Varig Airlines in other areas, so it made
sense for us to turn to Unisys. They are a proven leader in systems integration, and we
are confident that their expertise will enable the foundation to provide even
higher-quality service to Varig employees and their families."
The contract with the foundation extends Varig's relationship with Unisys. Last year
Varig implemented the Unisys Virtual Integrator Suite (VIS), which enables airlines and
freight forwarders to provide shippers with time-definite, reliable service.
"Unisys is pleased to have the opportunity to expand its relationship with Varig
Airlines through the Ruben Berta Foundation," said Dennis Christ, group vice
president and general manager, Unisys Worldwide Transportation. "Unisys capabilities
as one of the world's leading systems integrators, along with our experience working with
Varig, make the agreement with the foundation a win- win situation for everyone."
Working with FRB, Unisys will install more than 100 PCs on four local area networks
(LANs) in four locations in Brazil. Three Unisys teams assigned to medical, accounting,
and all other areas will handle the work.
Varig is one of the top 25 airlines in the world and the largest carrier in South
America. Contact the Ruben Berta Foundation web site -- www.rubenberta.org.br to
learn more about the foundation.
Unisys (NYSE:UIS) is more than 33,000 employees helping customers in 100
countries apply information technology to solve their business problems. Unisys solutions
are based on a broad portfolio of global information services including systems
integration, outsourcing, "repeatable" application solutions, consulting,
network integration, remote network management, and multivendor maintenance and support,
coupled with enterprise-class servers and associated middleware, software and storage.
Repeatable solutions are focused on key vertical markets including financial services,
transportation, telecommunications, government, publishing and other commercial markets.
Headquartered in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, in the Greater Philadelphia area, Unisys 1997
annual revenue was $6.6 billion. Access the Unisys home page on the World Wide Web -- http://www.unisys.com -- for further information.