EDS appoints new IT chief, partners up with Microsoft

by Editor 3/19/2008 4:09:00 PM
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Information technology services corporation EDS (Electronic Data Systems) has appointed Cherri Musser the company's new Vice-President and Chief Information Officer.

Starting March 31, Musser's responsibilities will include EDS' infrastructure, information technology strategy, planning and implementation. She had previously worked for General Motors, where she was Vice-President and CIO for GMAC Financial Services.

In the meantime, EDS has signed a deal with Microsoft that will allow the software giant to offer the Microsoft Dynamics CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system as an EDS enterprise application.

Microsoft Dynamics is the line of software that replaced the Microsoft Business Solutions. The last version of the CRM package (3.0) was released in December 2005. Microsoft and EDS will cooperate on the development of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 as well as on the global promotion of the service-oriented software. If things go well, the two IT companies may renew their contract at the end of next year.

Alex Halikias, CRM Service Line Leader at EDS, commented on the new IT partnership: “Microsoft has been getting ready for the enterprise space and has made inroads and has very good traction, but it could definitely use an enterprise like EDS to get more credibility and momentum in that space. One of the key catalysts for our interest in this partnership is that we see in Dynamics a very promising application with great visibility. It has been structured as service-oriented from the beginning, and the ability to develop additional solutions and be able to replicate basic XML templates is really good for a service provider like us.”

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