EDS, an HP company, and Microsoft Corp. have signed an agreement to market, integrate and deliver the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite for enterprise customers.
PLANO, Texas — April 27, 2009 — EDS, an HP company, and Microsoft Corp. have signed an agreement to market, integrate and deliver the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite for enterprise customers.
This agreement extends HP’s long-standing relationship with Microsoft to provide communications and collaboration services and together, the two companies anticipate deploying these services to more than 5 million users.
EDS and Microsoft have a 20-year history of delivering enterprise-ready communications and collaboration solutions. In an effort to address financial challenges facing organizations, EDS has become the first Business Productivity Online Suite reseller and Microsoft’s largest Business Productivity Online Suite delivery partner with the capabilities to reach the rapidly growing global interest in online services.
“This agreement enables Microsoft and EDS to provide cloud-based productivity solutions to enterprise customers who want to deliver IT innovation to improve total cost of ownership,” said Kevin Torgerson, senior vice president of Service Delivery Operations at EDS. “These services minimize the need for infrastructure investments and can be deployed rapidly, which further reduces the demand on clients’ IT resources.”
EDS has begun to integrate Business Productivity Online Suite, including Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Communications Online and Microsoft Office Live Meeting, into EDS Workplace Services Offerings. EDS and Microsoft will provide global reach and they intend to leverage combined data center resources and network expertise. HP plans to supply industry-leading, innovative server hardware and storage technology to support anticipated demand.
“EDS brings a long history of strong customer relationships, enterprise expertise and valuable infrastructure assets. Microsoft brings software plus innovation, engineering capabilities and the most used productivity technology in world,” said Ron Markezich, corporate vice president of Microsoft Online. “Together, Microsoft and EDS are uniquely positioned to offer integrated cloud services that will help customers innovate and reduce IT costs.”
As a member of the EDS Agility Alliance, Microsoft provides a standard platform for EDS’ desktop and server operating systems and integrated development environments. EDS will continue to offer both traditional enterprise-class services and cloud-based Microsoft Online Services. EDS is also a Microsoft enterprise partner for Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
The EDS Agility Alliance is a coalition of companies globally recognized for their quality, products and value to clients. 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, an HP company, is a leading global technology services provider, delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information technology outsourcing industry nearly 50 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a broad portfolio of information technology, applications 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.
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