21 November 2002 – Electronic Data Services (EDS) confirmed Wednesday it has been selected by and is in final contract discussions with Alstom, the global specialist in energy and transport infrastructure, to provide information technology (IT) infrastructure and applications services.
Once signed, the contract may rank among the largest IT agreements in the history of the manufacturing and energy industries. Under the outsourcing agreement, EDS would manage Alstom’s IT infrastructure and applications in 14 countries — Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and U.S. The project excludes IT hardware and software embedded in Alstom’s products, equipment and systems.
The outsourcing measure is part of Alstom’s “Restore Value” project. Approximately 1300 Alstom employees in these countries would be transferred to EDS.
The EDS agreement is expected to reduce Alstom’s IT costs while delivering improved operational efficiency and higher IT service and quality levels. EDS is a global leader in deploying manufacturing solutions through its IT services. EDS’ work in the worldwide manufacturing industry accounted for approximately 25 per cent of the company’s revenue last year. More than 30 000 EDS employees work on manufacturing-related projects in 40 countries.