EDS lands an IT agreement with American Express

by Editor 7/7/2009 4:06:00 PM
EDS, a HP company and one of the world's leading technology services providers, has signed a five-year infrastructure services agreement with American Express. The deal was signed in December 2008 and its initial implementation has now been completed.

Under the terms of the deal, EDS is managing the American Express global voice and data networks as well as the end-user desktop computing environment. The technology firm will also provide more than 60,000 American Express employees in over 130 countries with various on-site services.

Matthew Robinson, chief technology officer at American Express, said: “Our goal is to drive American Express’ growth, innovation and customer service using secure technology that enables a more productive, efficient and collaborative workplace. Our partnership with EDS will enable us to do this while continuing to decrease operating costs.”

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EDS, Accenture and others to sell Microsoft’s online services

by Editor 4/28/2009 4:41:00 PM
Microsoft revealed on Monday that EDS, a Hewlett-Packard unit, IT consulting firm Accenture, and other information technology companies have agreed to help sell its collection of hosted online services – the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite – which Microsoft originally launched in November.

The products are hosted in Microsoft’s data centres. They include Exchange, SharePoint, Office Communications Server and Live Meeting.

Wortell, a Dutch system integrator and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, said it liked Microsoft’s services because they made it possible for them to achieve higher sales, as well as reach clients who for different reasons can't invest in building their own computing infrastructure.

Wortell CTO Danny Burlage said: “For us, (it) means that we don't have to worry about infrastructure. It allows us to focus on what's really important.”

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Management Consultancy Recruitment Channel Report 2009

by Editor 4/20/2009 4:46:00 PM
Top-Consultant.com has released the 2009 Management Consultancy Recruitment Channel Report. In its eighth year, the study aims to help consultancy recruiters and job candidates improve their odds in the job market in the challenging economic climate.

The Management Consultancy Recruitment Channel Report consists of two surveys: a survey of 877 management consulting job candidates from all the major consulting firms, including Accenture, Capgemini, PA Consulting, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PwC, EDS, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, and a survey of 142 recruiters working in the consulting industry.

The report covers such areas as recruitment trends and budgets in the downturn, recruiters’ expectations, industry sectors expected to generate most recruitment activity within consulting, functional areas of consulting expected to be most active this year, most likely source of hires, retention rates in 2009, most frequent reasons why people leave consulting and most popular jobs they move on to, recruitment channels, candidate attraction, most popular recruitment channels, past, present and future trends in candidate application behaviour, candidate intentions, and most popular individual recruitment consultants, recruitment agencies and internet job site suppliers.

The Recruitment Channel Report, available at Top-Consultant.com, is sponsored by Mindbench.  

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IBM named market leader in IT services in India

by Editor 2/25/2009 4:44:00 PM
Business and technology consulting firm IBM Global Services is the largest IT services vendor in India, with 10.8 percent of the market share in the sector, according to a new report from Springboard Research, titled "India IT Services Competing for Tomorrow's Market." 

Wipro (8.7 percent of the market share) and Tata Consultancy Services – CMC (6.1 percent) came in second and third. Other companies in the top ten include HP-EDS, HCL, Satyam and Siemens Information Systems Limited (SISL).

Wipro has chalked the highest growth among high profile IT vendors in 2008, over 43 percent.

The Indian IT services market is estimated to be worth $4.8 billion.

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Top UK IT services vendors in 2008

by Editor 1/13/2009 4:31:00 PM
EDS took the largest share of the IT services market in the UK last year before it was acquired by Hewlett-Packard, according to a new report titled ‘Market Trends 2088: competitive landscape,' released by the global consulting firm Ovum last week. On the list of top IT vendors in 2008, IBM came in second Capgemini was the third.

In spite of having leading rank, EDS experienced negative growth and witnessed its market share slip. Several other IT services companies, including Fujitsu and Logica, also struggled in this respect, while Steria, Capita and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) showed the strongest growth.

Dr Alexander Simkin, senior analyst at Ovum and author of the report, recommended courses of action for IT vendors this year:

“There were mega-deals, particularly in the public sector, that turned out to be poisoned chalices in 2008. IT services vendors will need to bid more selectively going forward if they are to avoid repeating this year’s mistakes. Imprudent bidding, portfolio and go-to-market strategies at this stage will prove especially damaging to revenue growth as the UK economy worsens in 2009.”

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EDS awarded $111 contract by U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency

by Editor 12/15/2008 2:45:00 PM
EDS, an HP company, has been awarded a $111 million contract by the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to provide security readiness reviews for the Department of Defense (DoD). These readiness reviews will support DISA’s mission to provide integrated, agency-wide protection and operational restoration capability to counter security threats.

Under the contract, EDS will work with the DoD’s Field Security Operations (FSO) division to conduct worldwide security reviews of DoD enterprises, enclaves, networks, systems and applications. EDS will send technical resources to client locations around the world to conduct security assessments on DoD operating systems, applications, databases and networks.

EDS also will deliver certification and accreditation support, provide independent evaluation of DoD security policies and conduct security assessments to evaluate the compatibility and interoperability of FSO systems located at various DISA FSO locations.

This agreement builds on a 13-year relationship between the DoD and EDS. EDS has provided DISA with a wide range of infrastructure services, hardware and software through the DISA I-Assure and ENCORE contract vehicles.

“By providing security readiness reviews, we will help DISA to counter security threats,” said Dennis Stolkey, senior vice president of U.S. Public Sector at EDS, an HP company. “This contract builds on a long-standing relationship between EDS and the agency. We look forward to continuing to provide the right people, processes and technology to help DISA align technology with the Defense Department’s needs into the future.”

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EDS to be integrated into HP’s Technology Solutions Group

by Editor 12/8/2008 1:12:00 PM
Information technology giant Hewlett-Packard revealed plans on Friday to further integrate IT consulting firm EDS into its operations arm in order to boost its products and services offerings.

EDS will now be integrated into HP’s Technology Solutions Group, which offers services related to software, hardware, support and consulting.

“We are ahread of schedule with the integration of EDS and combining TSG and EDS is the next step in that process,” said HP chairman and CEO Mark Hurd.

When HP announced the acquisition of EDS in May 2008, it said ti would fold its outsourcing business into a new, Texas-based unit, “EDS – an HP company.” Once the acquisition was complete in late August, HP moved its outsourcing and application services business to EDS.

In mid-September, HP revealed plans to integrate EDS into its own operations and implement a three-year restructuring plan that would involve cutting 24,600 jobs.

EDS, now part of the Technology Solutions Group, will still be based in Plano, Texas and keep offering IT services, application services and business process outsourcing. Ron Rittenmeyer, EDS president and CEO, will retire by the end of the year and be replaced by EDS senior vice president Joe Eazor, who previously served as the executive vice president of corporate strategy and business development at EDS. Eazor will report directly to TSG executive vice president Ann Livermore.

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EDS expands manufacturing consulting capabilities

by Editor 11/21/2008 11:06:00 AM
EDS, an HP company has announced the launch of an integrated manufacturing software solution that will enable manufacturers to compete more effectively and improve profitability.

This solution, based on Apriso's FlexNet(R) platform, is designed to support the integration and collaboration of a manufacturer's plant floor, warehouse and quality operations with its enterprise resource planning and product life cycle management systems.

Today more than ever, manufacturers are challenged with finding ways to remain competitive and more efficient to deal with market volatility, globalization, increased client demands and shrinking margins. At the same time, they need to be vigilant about cost management, bringing new items to market quickly and improving the customer experience across multiple channels. EDS brings strong manufacturing expertise along with proven experience in deploying enterprise applications to serve the operational requirements of global manufacturers and their supply chains.

"Manufacturers are under increasing pressure to streamline costs, improve product quality and exceed customer service expectations and responsiveness," said Darl Davidson, vice president and manufacturing industry leader at EDS, an HP company. "Leveraging Apriso's manufacturing operations management platform with EDS' large global services presence will enable us to enhance our manufacturing clients' agility while lowering their operating costs."

Together, EDS and Apriso are actively engaged with global manufacturers within the automotive, industrial, aerospace and defense, high-tech/medical device, and consumer goods industries to provide a globally integrated manufacturing enterprise that will design and implement next-generation operations execution platforms.

Behind the success of 75 percent of the top 100 manufacturing companies around the world is a global team of experienced personnel that EDS has dedicated to the manufacturing industry. EDS' industry insight and technical innovation in a broad range of manufacturing sectors provides manufacturing domain expertise and global organizational support.

About EDS

EDS, an HP company, is a leading global technology services provider, delivering business solutions to its customers. EDS founded the information technology outsourcing industry more than 46 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a broad portfolio of information technology, applications and business process outsourcing services to customers in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail industries, and to governments around the world.

About HP

HP, the world's largest technology company, provides printing and personal computing products and IT services, software and solutions that simplify the technology experience for consumers and businesses. HP completed its acquisition of EDS on Aug. 26, 2008. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com/.

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IBM wins government IT contract worth $491.1 million

by Editor 11/7/2008 2:38:00 PM
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IBM has been awarded a $491.1 contract by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Under the terms of the five-year deal, IBM will establish a centralized electronic environment for processing applications and determining immigration benefits. IBM's contract is part of USCIS' plan to transform business processes and reduce turnaround times.

The current process employed by the Homeland Security bureau for determiming immigration benefits is paper-intensive and, with the recent increase in applications for citizenship, USCIS has been criticized for the backlog of requests. The agency reported processing 1.17 million naturalization applications in fiscal 2008 and said it would reduce processing times from 16-18 months to five months by the end of fiscal 2009.

The IT transformation program will cost up to $536 million, according to Government Accountability Office officials. IBM will work with USCIS to deploy new technologies that will help improve the accuracy and efficiency of the adjudication process.

IBM Global Business Services executive for the public sector David Lipstein said that the application processes would be moved online in the course of the five-year contract.

Charles L. Prow, Managing Partner at IBM Global Business Services, said: “IBM is pleased to support the USCIS mission. We believe this project will serve as an important model for other agencies seeking to transform the delivery of important government services. Through this ambitious initiative USCIS will employ new tools to support benefits adjudication, and ultimately, improve their customers' experience navigating the immigration process.”

The team of IT vendors that IBM will work with includes Blackstone Technology Group, Deloitte Consulting, EDS, the Legacy Network, Evolver, Sapient, SI International, Unisys, Travis Trade Advisory Services, and Visionary Integration Professionals.

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IT consulting market hits a new high

by Editor 11/5/2008 12:03:00 PM
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The IT consulting market has an estimated net worth of $104 billion and appears poised to grow thanks to the current offshoring trend, according to a new report from Everest Research Institute and Bernstein Research.

What drives the demand for IT consulting, according to the study, is the shortage of IT talent in developed countries, as well as the growing sophistication of IT labour markets abroad. As a result, the offshorability of most IT consulting services to low-cost territories such as India, Eastern Europe and South America has risen.

Gaurav Gupta, country head and principal at the Everest Group, said: “As a result of globalisation, the industry is now looking at more and more specific IT consulting tasks that can be offshored.”

For the study, titled “Reading the Alphabet Soup: SI, PI, ERP, etc – The Changing Drivers of IT Consulting,” Everest and Bernstein did a market analysis and conducted a survey of 15 IT consulting firms, including Accenture, Atos Origin, CSC, Cognizant, EDS, Sapient, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), and Wipro.

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