PLANO, Texas and TROY, Mich., Oct. 9 /CNW/ -- EDS and ArvinMeritor
recently signed a new, six-year agreement for EDS to manage the tier-one
automotive supplier's U.S. and Canadian Information Systems (IS)
infrastructure services. EDS will help enable enhanced capabilities, promote
predictability in the system and speed ArvinMeritor's ability to change with
the evolving business climate.
"As we continue our transformation, we look to EDS as a partner that has
extensive IS and industry experience," said Jay McLean, vice president of
service delivery, Information Systems, for ArvinMeritor. "Together, we will
enhance our IS infrastructure to one that is optimized for scale and
reliability as we face the challenges of today's marketplace."
With the agreement, EDS will assume responsibility for ArvinMeritor's IS
infrastructure, which includes consolidating and hosting its midrange servers
and mainframe computers in EDS data centers. EDS will provide support for the
manufacturer's data and voice networks, desktop and other end-user computing
services, electronic messaging, and provide global call center services.
This enhanced IS infrastructure will standardize and modernize tools and
processes to increase quality and reduce ArvinMeritor's total cost of
ownership for its IS environment.
"As we launch this new contract, we are committed to establishing a
strong relationship," said Jeff Kelly, executive vice president and
manufacturing leader at EDS. "Our goal is to transform ArvinMeritor's IS
environment in support of its strategic initiatives with a secure, reliable
global platform essential for long-term sustainable growth."
EDS Agility Alliance partners Sun Microsystems and EMC will provide
products and services to ArvinMeritor related to the consolidation of its
midrange and data storage 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.
EDS has significant industry-based knowledge in the automotive, aerospace
and defense, 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.
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of
integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The
company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original
equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets. Headquartered in Troy,
Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 19,000 people in 24 countries.
ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the company's Web site at
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.
The statements in this news release that are not historical statements,
including statements regarding the amount of new contract values, are forward-
looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These
statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are
beyond EDS' control, which could cause actual results to differ materially
from such statements. For information concerning these risks and
uncertainties, see EDS' most recent Form 10-K. EDS disclaims any intention or
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Annabelle Baxter - EDS Krista McClure - ArvinMeritor
972 605 0978 248-435-7115
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