EDS Launches New Global Testing Practice to Enable Applications Growth, Revenue



    PLANO, Texas, Oct. 15 /CNW/ -- EDS today announced the launch of a
world-class applications testing and validation service, EDS Global Testing
Services. This new service offering enhances EDS' ability to test and validate
critical business applications and software products that help enterprises
operate more efficiently and effectively in an "always on" world.
    EDS Global Testing Services, which is based in large part on the
capabilities EDS acquired through Bangalore, India-based RelQ Software
Limited, offers clients -- in outsourcing and other areas -- a variety of
services designed to improve the speed to market and quality of new software
products and services. At the same time, testing services will reduce the risk
of critical application failures through a series of high-quality,
cost-effective solutions.
    "End-to-end system reliability is a critical success factor in today's
self-services and IT everywhere economy, and in this era of integration and
orchestration the 20th Century unit system integration methods of testing are
not robust enough," said Charlie Feld, senior executive vice president,
Applications Services, EDS. "We are integrating 40-year-old mainframe systems
with modern portals, security, master data management (MDM) and other
technologies across a high-speed messaging infrastructure to get an
instantaneous, always-on result that is critical to business economics and
customer service. Businesses require modern applications, which require modern
infrastructure and they all require a modern testing environment."
    "Software testing can play a significant role in identifying and
preventing software failures which could jeopardize the goals of a specific IT
project," said Dr. Prakash Mutalik, former president and CEO of RelQ, who now
is the leader of EDS' Global Testing Practice. "We are pleased that EDS and
the expertise of RelQ and its employees will better serve the needs of our
combined client base."
    EDS Global Testing Services offers cost-effective, high-quality
applications testing, validation and verification services. It also offers a
wide range of quality assurance services in the areas of strategic test
consulting, testing management, functional testing, near-release testing, test
automation, post-release testing, specialized testing and extreme testing.
    "Quality is becoming an imperative to optimize efficiency and
effectiveness within most IT organizations today," said Dane Anderson,
research director, Gartner, Inc. "Testing activities often consume nearly a
third of project effort, equating to time and money, and in many organizations
the developers are often conducting the testing. As a result, organizations
are looking to external service providers to reduce their overall cost of
testing, help IT organizations better leverage their development resources as
well as avoid new costs from building out and hiring additional testing
personnel."
    As a company that heavily invests in testing frameworks, processes and
technologies, we are excited to see a company like EDS incorporate the
leadership and talent of RelQ Software into their delivery of testing
solutions," said Lela Smith, FedEx Services Information Technology managing
director.
    "RelQ provided 200 high quality test resources to deliver all aspects of
technical testing across Vodafone's IS organization in the UK," said Wendy
McBride, Vodafone UK, IS test manager. "They provided a first class service
and were professional, competent, pragmatic and helpful. The merger with EDS
can only enhance their capability and I look forward to engaging with the new
global test organization."
    EDS Global Testing Services combines the methods, resources and
intellectual capital of EDS, RelQ and MphasiS and employs 3,000 skilled
testing professionals at 14 Global Testing Centers around the world.
    
    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.

    
    CONTACTS:
    Blake Hull - EDS
    972 605 5063
    blake.hull@eds.com
    




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For further information: Blake Hull of EDS, +1-972-605-5063, 
blake.hull@eds.com Web Site: http://www.eds.com

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