Information technology firm, Unisys CorporationUIS recently announced that its analytics-based hybrid cloud solution was selected by the California State University, to improve operational efficiency and streamline its cost structure. With such technological collaborations, the company aims to improve its sagging revenues that have lately been hit hard by macroeconomic woes.
The hybrid cloud solution from Unisys is likely to radically transform the university's operations, benefiting approximately 479,000 students and 50,800 faculty and staff at 23 campuses and the Chancellor's office. The analytics-driven cloud environment will offer a plethora of services that are critical for the day-to-day administration of the largest four-year public university in the United States. These services include student scheduling, registration, human resources and employee compensation.
Integrating all information resources, data scientists from Unisys further intend to create predictive models by leveraging sophisticated analytics services to identify potential opportunities and optimize governance. This secure cloud solution will also offer backup facilities and disaster recovery capabilities to counter any contingencies.
Based on Unisys Cloud Management Platform, a software-as-a-service solution, the hybrid cloud will provide the most effective and cost-efficient alternative for the university. This, in turn, would streamline operations and improve delivery of services while reducing associated costs.
The strategic partnership seems to be the call of the hour for this beleaguered Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) stock. The company has been a laggard in the recent times, with an average year-to-date loss of 49.2% against a gain of 23.7% for the industry .
Unisys is facing stiff competition in the information services and technology marketplace from consulting and other professional services firms, systems integrators, outsourcing providers, infrastructure services providers, computer hardware manufacturers and software providers. Consequently, the company has to continually invest in new technologies which act as value drivers that could provide a hedge against stiff competition. However, these incremental investments increase operating expenses, thus squeezing margins and negatively impacting profitability.
Better-ranked stocks in the industry include CoStar Group, Inc. CSGP , Infosys Limited INFY and RELX NV RENX , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .
CoStar Group has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 15%. It topped estimates in each of the trailing four quarters with an average positive earnings surprise of 15.4%.
Infosys has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 10.4%. It topped estimates twice in the trailing four quarters with an average positive earnings surprise of 2.2%.
RELX has a long-term earnings growth expectation of 5.5%.
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