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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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The ministerial meeting will be preceded by a preparatory meeting of the Committee of Undersecretaries of GCC Civil Service Bureaus on Sunday, 29th September 2013 in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
It is more robust, which will attract some corporates, but it does not yet offer everything that some service bureaus do," Warner says, noting that service bureaus provide continuous access to expertise.
Some service bureaus have differentiated themselves by enhancing their merge/purge algorithms to such an extent that they're able to squeeze a couple more percentage points of deliverable, unduplicated records out of the raw names and addresses they process.
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.
The top current investments for service bureaus include e-commerce, telecommunications infrastructure, monochrome centralized printers, and imaging systems.
A service bureau might have one machine or several machines handling the same process, but many have an assortment of rapid prototyping technologies under one roof.
Some of the fax service bureaus surveyed for this article report a decidedly chilling effect on their business.
recently enlisted two more service bureaus for its Solider 5600 "solid-ground-curing" system, which builds models from layers of uv-cured, liquid photopolymers (see PT, Jan.
Service bureaus should be able to take your blueprints and generate CAD files adequate for rapid prototyping.
Processors can benefit from using such service bureaus (see Processors' Page section), but there are some important points to consider beforehand.