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IT Case Study: Development of a company-unique, process-based methodology named Unify Learn how Interfacing can help
IT Case Study

Unisys is a worldwide information technology services and solutions company with a client base spread over 100 countries. The company offers a rich portfolio of business solutions led by its expertise in systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure services, server technology and consulting. Unisys Global Infrastructure Services (GIS) unit provides the value-added services needed by organizations to design, integrate, and manage their distributed IT infrastructures, including desktop environments, servers, networks and mobile/wireless systems. One of GIS’ key divisions is Infrastructure Managed Services (IMS), which drives services-based solutions that enable Unisys clients’ infrastructure to be managed and continuously improved for business value and cost management.

IT Case Study Results

In order for Unisys to develop Unify, they required help with:

Consistency & Repeatability

Introduce repeatability and consistency in the way clients are serviced around the world.

Map & Document Processes

Mapping and documentation of approximately 600 processes and associated artifacts.

Central Repository

Creating a central repository to house the information with links to individual processes and activities.

Universal Accessibility

Building a scalable, web-based application to make the methodology universally available to the company’s worldwide consultant base.

Process Management

Capture and manage business processes, including business units, resources & roles and related information, and view them at various levels of detail.

Process Simulation

Creating complete models of operations, mapping its processes and laying the groundwork for its methodology.

Client Countries

Processes Mapped & Documented

Revenues (2000)

Employees (2000)

Defining a vision

In 2000, the IMS division began the task of developing a company-unique, process-based methodology named Unify. The goal was to introduce repeatability and consistency in the way clients are serviced around the world. Developing the methodology required:

  • Mapping and documentation of approximately 600 processes and associated artifacts
  • Creating a central repository to house the information with links to individual processes and activities
  • Building a scalable, web-based application to make the methodology universally available to the company’s worldwide consultant base

IMS searched for a business process management (BPM) solution with these criteria in mind.

Laying the ground work

Using Interfacing’s Charter (a Microsoft® Visio® add-on) and Designer (a process simulation software) to create complete models of its operations, IMS began the task of mapping its processes and laying the groundwork for its methodology.

Within one year of the project start date, IMS upgraded to the Enterprise Process Center (EPC) — Interfacing’s flagship enterprise-wide BPM software, which delivers process modeling and content management to every employee desktop.

Based on the proven business-oriented FirstSTEP methodology, EPC allows companies to capture and manage business processes, including business units, resources & roles and related information, and view them at various levels of detail.

As a fully dynamic Web-based solution that is specifically designed for business users, EPC facilitates collaborative company-wide business process integration and management. By enabling both IMS executives and general resources to contribute in the definition, management and execution of their business processes, IMS was able to expedite the delivery and universal accessibility of its Unify methodology.

In the process, EPC also helped the division to identify optimal ways to increase company efficiency, ensure activities are done consistently, reduce training requirements, and more.

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