Austrian Government agency lowers cost, increases productivity with automated content management system
PLANO, Texas and VIENNA, Austria, July 18, 2006 -- Launching a business takes courage, dedication and drive. For Austrian entrepreneurs, a link to an innovative web portal that provides them with a one-stop-shop for information and tools enables business owners to successfully enter the marketplace.
Austria's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labour (BMWA) is responsible for executing European trade law in Austria. In order to provide a better service to businesses and people, in 2002, the BMWA outsourced its information technology (IT) services to EDS (NYSE: EDS) and EDS Agility Alliance partner Microsoft.
The project, the first outsourcing agreement by the Austrian government, aimed to provide IT cost savings while at the same time providing a significant quality improvement. To accomplish these goals, EDS and partner Microsoft migrated BMWA to a complete Microsoft environment.
"The migration to a Microsoft platform with EDS enabled BMWA to do more than just save money; our employees are now more productive because less time is needed to update the 15,000 pages our Web portal is comprised of," said Michael Renner, IT Manager for BMWA. "Allowing our civil servants the ability to quickly and accurately update the information on our Web portal puts the Ministry in greater contact with the people we serve."
EDS was recently awarded Microsoft Customer Award for BMWA's migration to the Microsoft Exchange platform. Awards were presented in a number of categories, with winners chosen from a pool of more than 1,800 entrants worldwide.
"The collaboration between EDS and Microsoft for BMWA is just one of many examples of best-in-breed technology companies providing powerful results for our client," said Ken Quaglio, EDS vice president, Client Experience Management and Global Alliances. "The EDS Agility Alliance was created to continually deliver innovative and cost compelling solutions demanded by businesses and governments in today's world."
The results of the migration are more than successful. In addition to the cost savings recognized by the Ministry, its IT employees can now focus on strategic projects that will deliver innovative services and functionality. In addition, the security of Microsoft's Content Management Server ensures that only correct information can be published on the BMWA's Web portal.
"The foresight of BMWA to the changing face of business owners in Austria is impressive and refreshing," said Damianos Soumelidis, EDS Austria client delivery executive. "The Ministry realized that it is essential to make an investment into a secure, scalable e-government platform. We are honored that Microsoft thinks so highly of our work together for the BMWA to present it with an award."
The EDS Agility Alliance is a coalition of market-leading infrastructure, application and business process outsourcing providers collaborating to innovate, develop and deliver the EDS Agile Enterprise Platform -- EDS' next- generation global delivery system. EDS Agility Alliance partners include Cisco, Dell, EMC, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Sun Microsystems, Towers Perrin and Xerox.
EDS is a leading global technology services company delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information technology outsourcing industry more than 40 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 http://www.eds.com .
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