$US1 Billion Contract To Manage Shell's End-User Computing
THE HAGUE, Netherlands and LONDON, UK ? EDS today announced it has signed a five-year, US$1 billion IT Master Services Agreement (MSA) with Royal Dutch Shell (Shell). Today's agreement with EDS is one of three IT outsourcing agreements between Shell and three key suppliers, and is expected to deliver Shell a substantial business improvement over the five year initial term of the contract. Under the terms of the agreement, EDS will manage Shell's end-user computing services including desktop, service desk, on-site services, back-up and disaster recovery, mobile information protection and managed messaging services, for 150,000 users in over 100 countries across its global operations. To reduce management complexity for Shell, EDS will also act as operational integrator, collaborating closely with Shell's other key IT suppliers. Approximately 1,500 IT professionals, including Shell full-time employees and contractors currently working for Shell, will join EDS, in 65 countries globally. Services in some joint ventures remain outside the scope of this agreement. "EDS has a significant global presence and proven experience in large scale IT outsourcing. We have asked them to apply their broad experience and act as operational integrator toward our other key partners," said Alan Matula, executive vice president and chief information officer, Shell. "Shell demands consistent and agile IT support to operate in a competitive global industry. We expect our sourcing approach with EDS and our other key suppliers to deliver significant value to our businesses." "The new agreement is designed to significantly enhance Shell's operational flexibility by establishing global technology and operational standards for its businesses, thereby enabling Shell to focus on information technology that supports its strategic objectives of 'more upstream, profitable downstream'," said Bill Thomas, executive vice president for EDS Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). "We are pleased to have been selected by Shell and will apply our 25 years expertise in the oil and gas industry to help meet their strategic commitments." Aspects of the agreement are supportive of Shell's goal to lead its industry in technology and business functionality. EDS will support Shell's business by enabling high-speed desktop deployments using Microsoft Windows VistaTM operating system to existing, remote and new locations. EDS will work closely with its EDS Agility Alliance partners Microsoft, SAP, Xerox, Sun and EMC to deliver products and services to Shell. Today's signing of the MSA with Shell will extend globally with supporting agreements being signed concurrently in Shell's four IT delivery hubs ? the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and the United States. About EDS 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.