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CSC added seven years to a contract with Dupont while EDS extended its arrangement with Barcelona's "la Caixa."

The outsourcing of such functions as vendor management, purchasing and accounts payable is growing at a 30 percent rate.

Strategic Computer Solutions used the iSeries platform for a server consolidation project at retailer Trans World Entertainment.

Contract Watch: The software giant's acquisitive ways seem to have given a boost to the growing software-hosting market.

Visual Networks aims to cultivate VAR partners to market its broadening network and application performance management product set.

Contract Watch: Dutch food retailer Ahold decides to give outsourcing a try, EquaTerra and TPI merge, BlueRoads adds an SFA module and CSG expands its service portfolio.

The vendor is building a channel program to market its endpoint security products in the United States.

Opinion: UK company Sainsbury turns its back on outsourcing, fueling speculation about the value of the practice.

The BPO market should top $640 billion in 2006, according to IDC, which says the market is vibrant and full of opportunity.

Opinion: While IBM benefited in its third-quarter results from its services business, it was a different story for rival Unisys.

BearingPoint expects to miss a milestone in its ongoing overhaul, but the company's CEO remains optimistic about restructuring efforts.

Karvy launched a subsidiary to focus on financing and accounting BPO.

Satyam went up against heavyweights Accenture, IBM and others for a World Health Organization contract and took the prize.

GM recompetes up to $15 billion on outsourcing contracts, as ABN Amro puts out $2 billion of its own.

Pharmaceutical companies may be planning to cut expenses the same way many companies in other market segments have done—by sending IT and other functions overseas. Ing Bank reportedly has a multi-billion-dollar outsourcing plan in the works; Accenture just nabbed a contract from Sandvik. Wireless and open-software companies continue to court the channel

A recent survey indicates banks around the globe are planning upgrades, and that opens opportunities to systems integrators and outsourcers.

ACS announces a five-year, $100 million outsourcing deal with GlaxoSmithKline that covers facilities in the U.S. and U.K. Separately, IP PBX and systems management vendors pursue channel affiliates.

Opinion: High-tech jobs are finally seeing a recovery, with tech execs and specialists in business applications at the top of the hiring pyramid.

There is a lot of opportunity in RFID installations, but most potential customers are going slowly, often as slowly as the pressure on them allows. But storage and IM security is growing, and vendors need VARs to help sell them.

Contract Watch: A new round of contracts demonstrates renewed interest in outsourcing, but not just for technology. Business processes, off-shift workloads and procurement of manufacturing as well as office supplies fatten the deals.

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