EDS yesterday announced a major IT outsourcing deal with automobile component maker Affinia Group for an undisclosed amount. The seven-year contract covers a range of services such as enterprise applications, server hosting, and network and desktop support.
The first focus of the deal will be transitioning employees from Affinia’s global IT workforce to EDS, according to Mark Schrauben, an EDS vice president and client executive who also leads the Affinia engagement.
Schrauben said that EDS for the first six to 12 months would run Affinia’s current enterprise system, a combination of mostly legacy applications and a few off-the-shelf products.
EDS will then install and support a new system. The company will provide help desk services for Affinia’s global operations, as well as hosting services from EDS’ data centers and several remote locations, Schrauben said.
This is the first deal EDS has signed with Affinia, which was created last year when auto part maker Dana Corp, spun off its aftermarket parts business. EDS declined to provide a value for the contract or approximate the number of Affinia IT workers who would be transitioned to EDS.
Schrauben said that Affinia’s initial vendor selection process narrowed down the field of potential suppliers to EDS alone.