Daimler Financial Services Selects EDS to Manage IT Environment



    PLANO, Texas and FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Nov. 5 /CNW/ -- EDS and Daimler
Financial Services today announced a three-year agreement for transition and
data center hosting services. EDS will relocate and then manage the financial
services company's information technology (IT) environment so that Daimler
Financial Services can focus on its Mercedes-Benz Financial and Daimler Truck
Financial wholesale, retail and lease core business.
    "EDS presented a strong plan to transition our computing environment that
is backed by significant automotive financial industry experience and gives us
confidence that we'll meet our timeline," said Jan Brecht, Vice President of
IT for Daimler Financial Services.
    Under the agreement, EDS will transition then manage the Daimler
Financial Services computing environment, including consolidating and hosting
its approximately 150 midrange servers and its mainframe computers and data
storage in EDS data centers in Auburn Hills, Mich. and Sacramento, Calif.
Daimler Financial Services manages wholesale and retail loans portfolios,
hosts Web sites and runs internal systems within this computing environment.
    As part of the transition, EDS Agility Alliance partner EMC will provide
transformation services supporting the data migration to Daimler Financial
Services related to its managed storage services environments. The EDS Agility
Alliance is a coalition of companies globally recognized for their quality,
products and value to clients. Its mission is to innovate, develop and deliver
the EDS Agile Enterprise Platform -- EDS' next-generation global delivery
system. Together, EDS and its Agility Alliance partners collaborate to design,
build and run a market-leading services platform and develop technology-based
services to deliver tangible client results. EDS Agility Alliance partners
include Cisco, EMC, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Sun Microsystems and Xerox.
    "We will draw from EDS' combined manufacturing, financial services and IT
expertise to complete a smooth transition that meets Daimler Financial
Services' aggressive timeline," said Darl Davidson, vice president and
manufacturing industry leader for EDS. "We are fully committed to manage
Daimler Financial Services' systems in a secure and scalable environment that
support its efforts to maintain a leadership position in the vehicle financing
industry."
    The contract was signed in August and is reflected in EDS' third quarter
new business signings.
    EDS has significant industry-based knowledge in the aerospace & defense,
automotive-including the vehicle finance sector-high tech and industrial
manufacturing segments, with more than 30 years of experience working with
manufacturers. More than 20,000 EDS employees serve over 220 manufacturing
clients in 40 countries.

    About DCFS USA LLC (Daimler Financial Services Americas)

    DCFS USA LLC (Daimler Financial Services Americas) provides
brand-specific financing for Mercedes-Benz automotive dealers' inventories and
their retail customers, and conducts business in the United States luxury car
market as Mercedes-Benz Financial. In the U.S. trucking industry, Daimler
Financial Services Americas (Daimler Truck Financial) finances Daimler
commercial vehicle products such as Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star
for dealers and their customers in the fleet, vocational, municipal and
owner/operator segments. Daimler Financial Services Americas serves as the
headquarters for operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina
and Brazil, and has approximately 1,600 employees. Daimler Financial Services
Americas is a company of the Daimler Financial Services Group, headquartered
in Berlin, Germany, which operates in nearly 40 countries with an employee
base of close to 6,800.  Daimler Financial Services is one of the leading
financial services organizations worldwide.

    About EDS

    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 eds.com.





For further information:

For further information: Annabelle Baxter of EDS, +1-972-605-0978, 
annabelle.baxter@eds.com; or Jack Ferry of Daimler Financial Services, 
+1-248-991-6610, jrf4@dcx.com Web Site: http://www.eds.com

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