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United India Insurance moves 10,000 users to Sun Java Desktop

05 February 2004  |  2584 views  |  0

Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that the United India Insurance Company (UIIC), one of the largest insurers in India, is ordering 10,000 seats of Sun's StarOffice office productivity software.

StarOffice software is a key component of the Sun's Java Desktop System, a comprehensive, secure, highly affordable enterprise desktop solution that is simple to use and leverages existing IT infrastructure. UIIC chose StarOffice for its price/performance value, ability to interoperate with existing technologies and its use of open standards. With more than 40 million copies distributed to date, StarOffice/OpenOffice.org software provide affordable office productivity suites on multiple platforms to governments, academic institutions and businesses around the world.

"We selected Sun's StarOffice 7 software because it matches our technical specifications and it is very competitively priced," stated S.M. John Victor, assistant general manager, Information Technology, UIIC, Limited Chennai India. "With Sun's StarOffice software, we are able to leverage our existing hardware and operating systems investments while deploying consistent, interoperable and familiar office productivity software across the company."

The UIIC joins the growing number of major global companies in India such as Onesource, National Fertlisers, Apnaloan.com, to name a few, who are choosing StarOffice software as their office productivity platform.

"The reality is that customers are looking for a better business proposition to do more with less. UIIC can now focus on its business and core competencies -- not on restrictive licensing models and escalating desktop costs -- through the savings gained by choosing StarOffice software," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president, Software, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Sun's growing desktop market share in India and the recent government agreements in China and the United Kingdom, demonstrate how the Java Desktop System and the Java Enterprise System are revolutionizing the software industry worldwide."

As part of the UIIC deployment, Sun is partnering with ACCEL ICIM Systems & Services Limited, a Sun iForce partner in India, to provide systems integration services, 24x7 support at its 24 regional offices throughout India, and offer software upgrades and updates for four years.

"ACCEL ICIM is proud to have won this prestigious order from United India Insurance Company for Sun's StarOffice 7 software," said S.V. Sriram, president and chief operating office, ACCEL ICIM Systems & Services Ltd. "We firmly believe that StarOffice software addresses pent-up demand for a quality, low-cost, multi-platform office productivity suite in Indian enterprises. StarOffice software delivers excellent value to premier financial institutions, insurance companies, other large corporations as well as small and medium enterprises."

UIIC expects StarOffice software to be deployed to most of its 1,126 offices across the country in the first quarter of 2004.

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