Electronic Data Systems (EDS), now known as HP Enterprise Services, is a division of Hewlett Packard’s Enterprise Business unit. In 2008, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) became a division of Hewlett-Packard Corporation after an acquisition. Hewlett-Packard paid $13.9 billion to acquire the company. Under HP’s leadership, EDS provides clients with solutions for Infrastructure, Business Process Outsourcing and Applications. The company managed nearly 2000 clients globally and ranked as one of the largest service companies on the Fortune 500 list.
In 2008, before the company changed its name to HP Enterprise Services, the company employed 139,000 people all over the world. Though the company had its largest presence in the United States, UK and India, the company had offices in 64 countries. The company is now fully integrated into the Hewlett Packard umbrella and provides its services as a division of their parent company.
The company, through Infrastructure Services, will manage printers, laptops, desktops, networks, mainframes, Web servers and networks. Business Process Outsourcing helps clients optimize their payroll, insurance claims processing and call centers. Applications Services is responsible for helping clients maintain, develop or integrate applications software. Employees working at EDS or HP Enterprise Services will help clients in one of these categories.
Just before the acquisition, EDS signed a $1.3 billion contract with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. According to the experts, this was one of the largest IT projects ever entered with Asia. The goal of the project was to develop a network, messaging and collaboration environment in the public sector. EDS continues to pursue larger contracts of this magnitude under the leadership of Hewlett Packard.
Electronic Data Systems careers can be rewarding. In the past, EDS clients have consisted of Rolls-Royce, General Motors, Bank of America, Kraft, UK Ministry of Defense, the United States Navy and Royal Dutch Shell. Most former employees would consider EDS benefits to be above average in most respects. Since the acquisition, the benefits package resembles the package of other Hewlett Packard employees.
Electronic Data Systems culture is supportive, in general, of most of their employees. The company provides opportunity for growth, career advancement and some work-life balance. The company is committed to diversity. Qualified women and minorities are favored in many positions. With the acquisition, the company adapted to the corporate culture of Hewlett Packard. The company culture, in many ways, was congruent from the employee perspective.