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service bureau

[′sər·vəs ‚byu̇r·ō]
(computer science)
An organization that offers time sharing and software services to its users who communicate with a computer in the bureau from terminals on their premises.

service bureau

An organization that provides data processing services. The term was widely used prior to cloud computing, although many service bureaus still exist to provide functions such as data entry, data conversion and batch processing. Service organizations also support imagesetting, color proofing, slide creation and other related publishing services on an hourly or per job basis. Connections are typically via the Internet, although dial-up and private lines were commonly used in the past. See cloud computing and XaaS.
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SWIFT lists 14 service bureaus on its Web site, including such major players as SunGard, Fundtech, Fides and Bottomline Technologies, and estimates that 75% of corporates that connect to SWIFT do so using a service bureau.
The Civil Service Bureau also examines draft laws, proposes regulations and decisions on the affairs related to the civil service, and expresses its opinion on proposed drafts related to these matters before they are approved.
The service bureau produced a conventional, solid SLA pattern, and then the foundry determined the best way to make the tool, deciding where the parting lines would be and how many pick-outs (loose pieces that accommodate undercuts in the pattern) would be required.
Systems based on thermal ink-jet printing technologies, like those from Solidscape and Sanders Design International, are highly accurate but comparatively slow in producing master patterns, and thus have not caught on with service bureaus.
Many use the fax service bureaus of PR Newswire and Business Wire.
In order to receive free technical support resellers, distributors, training centers and service bureaus must belong to one of Corel's approved programs.
Instead, Soligen operates its own service bureau, called Parts Now.
Rapid prototyping (RP) service bureaus, those firms that hire out their modeling systems and related engineering expertise, make it a whole lot easier to develop representational parts when speed counts.
Financial Institution Outsourcing (Datacenter), which provides a full array of data processing and management information services -- including loan processing, deposit processing, customer information file maintenance and management information services -- to other financial institutions in service bureau and facilities management arrangements.
Well, once you're satisfied with the qualifications of the folks running your service bureau, it's not a bad idea to simply let them make the separations for you.
The Trendium Service Bureau represents the natural progression of our business.
The Service Bureau is a transmission independent switched videoconference center.