EDS Awarded Top Rating in Ovum Applications Outsourcing Report



    PLANO, Texas, Aug. 20 /CNW/ -- EDS today announced that Ovum, an IT
analyst and research organization, has awarded it top status in the 2008 Ovum
Navigator(TM) for European Applications Outsourcing. This recognition places
EDS among the top three vendors in Europe in applications outsourcing (i),
acknowledging EDS' strength in execution and strategy. The Ovum Navigator
report aims to give CIOs and their teams an independent perspective on vendors
who provide applications outsourcing services in Europe, and to help them
determine which vendors are the best fit for them. The report evaluated 11
vendors and looks to guide potential users of applications outsourcing
services.
    Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative research of larger
users of applications outsourcing services in both the public and private
sectors, Ovum evaluated EDS against criteria relating to the strategy and
execution of projects. Besides EDS' strengths in applications execution and
strategy, the following reasons were among those highlighted by the report,
through interviews with EDS, IT professionals and EDS clients:
    
    -- Market prominence -- EDS is widely regarded as a leading global
       outsourcer.
    -- Client-centric and account-driven approach to contracts, resulting in
       flexibility in both contract negotiations and in contracts.
    -- Partnering effectiveness -- investment in partnering with other
       vendors, such as Microsoft, SAP and Oracle through the EDS Agility
       Alliance, has paid dividends.
    -- Acquisitions of MphasiS and RelQ have bought a large volume of offshore
       applications skills, which is benefiting EDS clients.
    
    "We are delighted that customer research and Ovum's evaluation have
placed us among the top three vendors of applications outsourcing, a clear
reflection of our flexible, client-driven approach," said Craig Wilson, EDS
vice president for EMEA Applications Services Field Operations. "As our
clients' business ally, EDS takes nearly 50 years of outsourcing experience
and tailors applications strategies that effectively let clients do what they
do best -- manage their business."
    EDS serves more than 550 applications services clients worldwide through
more than 45,000 applications delivery resources in 41 countries.
    A complimentary copy of the report may be obtained at
http://www.eds.com/services/apps.
    
    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 more than 46 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.
    (i) Applications Outsourcing covers a number of service areas,
specifically;
    
        -- Applications management/support
        -- Applications development
        -- Other application lifecycle services, such as testing and
           application consulting/audit
        -- Services covering bespoke and legacy applications
        -- Services covering packaged applications including SAP, Oracle and
           Microsoft.
    
    These services fall under Ovum's definition of applications outsourcing
when a contract over three years or more in length exists, and also involves a
transfer of people and/or assets

    
     CONTACT:
     Annabelle Baxter - EDS
     972 605 0978
     annabelle.baxter@eds.com

    




For further information:

For further information: Annabelle Baxter of EDS, +1-972-605-0978,
annabelle.baxter@eds.com Web Site: http://www.eds.com

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