VIASOFT and PKS Information Services enter strategic alliance; new relationship provides end users with unprecedented flexibility to choose any combination of insourcing and outsourcing services.PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 8, 1995--VIASOFT Inc. (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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The service licensing agreement authorizes PKS to provide technology and professional services (job) professional services - A department of a supplier providing consultancy and programming manpower for the supplier's products. for maintaining existing legacy systems, enabling customers to employ VIASOFT technology and services to manage their applications in-house or outsource them to PKS.
PKS Information Services is a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary
A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.
In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners. of Peter Kiewit Sons' Inc., a diversified $3 billion company. PKS provides its services coast to coast to customers representing virtually every industry.
In addition to running one of the most sophisticated computer supercenters in the country, PKS operates an extensive telecommunications network A telecommunications network is a of telecommunications links and nodes arranged so that messages may be passed from one part of the network to another over multiple links and through various nodes. to enhance end-user connectivity by offering customers a number of voice and data services. The company's system-integration practice defines, develops and implements cost-effective mainframe and client/server information systems.
``We feel that VIASOFT offers the most comprehensive solution and best technology available in the applications maintenance and development market,'' said Raul Pupo president and chief executive officer of PKS.
``This agreement enables our integration specialists to provide significant added value Added value in financial analysis of shares is to be distinguished from value added. Used as a measure of shareholder value, calculated using the formula:
``We wanted to partner with a supplier in whom we could place our trust to provide the highest level of customer service and support,'' said Steven D. Whiteman, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of VIASOFT.
``PKS is known throughout the industry for their clear commitment to excellence and customer service. This agreement helps leverage our existing solution offerings into new markets. More importantly, however, it provides users with the freedom to choose the degree to which they want to outsource their applications or keep them in-house. And regardless of whom they choose, their solutions will all have the same look and feel.''
The significance of the alliance is in the choices it creates for customers of VIASOFT and PKS. ``The worth of great customer service requires a focus not on transaction costs Transaction Costs
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``This alliance between two of the industry's leading-edge service providers is the prototype for partnerships of the future. VIASOFT and PKS customers will be the benefactors of the synergistic success this shared vision represents.''
The relationship is also at the forefront of current outsourcing trends. ``Corporations are increasingly looking outside of their boundaries to obtain `best-in-class' services through outsourcing,'' said Ian Hayes, principal of Clarity Consulting, an information technology management consulting Noun 1. management consulting - a service industry that provides advice to those in charge of running a business
service industry - an industry that provides services rather than tangible objects firm specializing in application- management issues.
``These services are becoming increasingly important for projects, such as year 2000 conversions, which require large commitments of people and system resources over and above those needed for standard operations. Outsourcing provides a method of obtaining those resources without sacrificing the quality of critical application support.
``The combination of VIASOFT and PKS creates a `best-in-class' service by combining high-quality tools, services and system resources into a complete package for companies seeking an outsourcing solution.''
VIASOFT solutions include VIASOFT's Insourcing (1) Doing work with inhouse employees. Contrast with outsourcing.
(2) Creating jobs in your country by an organization that is foreign owned. Contrast with outsourcing. and VIASOFT's Enterprise 2000, and are based on the company's Existing Systems Workbench (ESW ESW Eschwege (German license plates)
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VIASOFT's Insourcing is a strategic solution that combines VIASOFT technology with on-site professional services to enable customers to successfully implement enhanced, repeatable processes to maintain and redevelop existing systems. VIASOFT's Enterprise 2000 is a combination of professional services and technology that is designed to help customers address the year 2000 century data- conversion requirements for existing systems.
VIASOFT is a leading provider of business solutions, consisting of integrated technology and specialized professional consulting services designed to enable customers worldwide to cost-effectively manage the evolution of their existing applications. With headquarters in Phoenix, VIASOFT provides sales and services through regional offices in the United States and a network of subsidiaries and distributors internationally.
CONTACT: VIASOFT Inc., Phoenix
Kathy Schauer, 602/952-0050
PKS Information Services Inc., Omaha
Mr. Kelly Q. Torrence, 402/496-8610