EDS, an HP Company, Positioned in 'Leaders' Quadrant for Worldwide Managed and Professional Network Service Providers



    PLANO, Texas, Aug. 28 /CNW/ -- EDS, an HP company, today announced it has
been positioned in the "Leaders" quadrant in industry analyst firm Gartner
Inc.'s Magic Quadrant report on worldwide managed and professional network
service providers.(1)
    According to Gartner, companies positioned in the Leaders quadrant
"affect competitors by: enabling technology and IT service offerings; their
focus on the enterprise and targeted industry segments; and their capability
to differentiate on value, price and service levels to be first to market with
relevant products.  Vendors in the Leaders quadrant are performing well today,
have a clear vision of market direction and are building competencies to
sustain their leadership positions in the market."
    The report also notes that "vendor and customer experience weighs heavily
in the Leaders quadrant.  All of these vendors have demonstrated that they
have significant network management and outsourcing experience, and understand
the dynamics needed to deliver network-centric IT services successfully."
    "EDS remains focused on delivering world-class network services that help
our clients manage the ever-increasing complexities of aligning their
communications and network needs with their business strategy," said Ray
Thietten, vice president, Global Network Services, EDS, an HP company.  "In my
opinion, Gartner's recognition of EDS in the Leaders quadrant for worldwide
managed and professional network service providers validates our global
strategy and investments in the network services market."
    EDS was one of 14 worldwide vendors of IT services for business
communications systems evaluated in the report.  According to the report,
"Gartner evaluates vendors on the quality and efficacy of the processes,
methods or procedures that enable them to be competitive, efficient and
effective, and to positively affect revenue, retention and reputation."
    Earlier this year, EDS was also positioned by Gartner in the Leaders
quadrant for North American managed and professional network service
providers.(2)
    EDS' comprehensive suite of networking services focuses on delivering
maximum business value out of the network and reducing network complexity
associated with working with multiple vendors, disparate legacy systems and
business process automation.  As the client's business ally, EDS manages wide
area network (WAN) performance and drives increasingly higher levels of
performance at the lowest cost; provides robust and secure local area network
(LAN) infrastructure management; delivers high-performance applications across
the LAN and WAN; and provides secure unified communications and collaboration.
    More information about Gartner, and access to the report, is available at
http://www.gartner.com/. A cost may be associated with accessing the full
report.
    
    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 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.
    EDS and the EDS logo are registered trademarks of Hewlett-Packard
Development Company, LP.
    HP is an equal opportunity employer and values the diversity of its
people. (C) 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP.
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    (1) Gartner Inc., "Magic Quadrant for Managed and Professional Network
        Service Providers, Worldwide," by E. Goodness, C. Tenneson, T.
        Chamberlin, D. O'Connel, S. Morrison, T. Eng, August 22, 2008.
    (2) Gartner Research, "Magic Quadrant for Managed and Professional Network
        Service Providers, North America," by E. Goodness, C. Tenneson, T.
        Chamberlin, D. O'Connel, May 14, 2008.
    
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     Editorial contacts:
    

    
     Annabelle Baxter
     EDS, an HP company
     +1 972 605 0978
     annabelle.baxter@eds.com
    

    
     HP Media Hotline
     +1 866 266 7272
     pr@hp.com
     http://www.hp.com/go/newsroom

    




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