PLANO, Texas and MEXICO CITY, April 30 /CNW/ -- Today EDS (NYSE: EDS)
announced that Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V., the largest Coca- Cola bottler
in Latin America and second largest in the world, has signed a
three-and-a-half year contract extension for information technology (IT)
services that will help the company manage its growth.
This agreement extends delivery of numerous IT services EDS has provided
for Coca-Cola FEMSA since 2000 and integrates its new operations into the
existing Coca-Cola FEMSA IT infrastructure.
"Coca-Cola FEMSA's tremendous growth in Latin American makes
standardizing business processes across each of our business units critical
for future success," said Hector Calva, chief information officer for
Coca-Cola FEMSA. "EDS knows our industry and business well and, with its
strong presence across the region, we can remain focused on providing
beverages to the people of Latin America while EDS helps manage these
important IT functions."
The agreement includes support for Coca-Cola FEMSA's SAP platform, one of
the largest SAP implementations in the world. SAP is an EDS Agility Alliance
partner and works closely with EDS to improve delivery and support and bring
greater value to shared clients.
Additionally, EDS delivers Spanish and Portuguese helpdesk services and
field services for Coca-Cola FEMSA's thousands of desktop and laptop
computers, printers and servers. EDS also hosts more than 450 midrange servers
and provides disaster recovery and international and regional
telecommunication services for Coca-Cola FEMSA. The agreement covers Coca-Cola
FEMSA's Latin American operations in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica,
Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina.
"As in any industry, the best way to effectively manage growth is to
establish standard procedures while leveraging best practices to continually
improve productivity and avoid redundant administrative and operating costs,"
said Mike Klaus, EDS vice president Global Consumer Industries and Retail.
"Coca-Cola FEMSA has enjoyed tremendous growth, and we are honored to support
our partner's success."
This contract was signed in the first quarter of 2007 and will be
included in the total contract value of new business signings to be announced
by EDS for that quarter.
EDS serves more than 200 consumer and retail industry clients and
generates more than $1.2 billion in revenue in this sector annually. As a
leading provider in the consumer and retail industry, EDS focuses on a variety
of market segments including food/beverage, apparel/footwear, consumer
products and all retail outlets including restaurants, mass/department,
grocery, drug, convenience, online/catalog and specialty.
About Coca-Cola FEMSA
Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. produces and distributes Coca-Cola,
Sprite, Fanta, Lift and other trademark beverages of The Coca-Cola Company in
Mexico (a substantial part of central Mexico, including Mexico City and
southeast Mexico), Guatemala (Guatemala City and surrounding areas), Nicaragua
(nationwide), Costa Rica (nationwide), Panama (nationwide), Colombia (most of
the country), Venezuela (nationwide), Brazil (greater Sao Paulo, Campinas,
Santos, the state of Mato Grosso do Sul and part of the state of Goias) and
Argentina (federal capital of Buenos Aires and surrounding areas), along with
bottled water, beer and other beverages in some of these territories. The
Company has 31 bottling facilities in Latin America and serves over 1,500,000
retailers in the region. The Coca-Cola Company owns a 31.6% equity interest in
EDS (NYSE: EDS) is a leading global technology services company
delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information
technology outsourcing industry 45 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a broad
portfolio of information technology and business process outsourcing services
to clients in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare,
communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail industries and
to governments around the world. Learn more at http://www.eds.com .
Julie Basa - EDS Alfredo Fernandez - Coca-Cola FEMSA
972 605 1862 (5255) 5081-5120/5121
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