The Plano, Texas-based services giant said on Wednesday that the unit, which provides outsourcing services for technology and information technology support, is now called EDS Business Process Services. The previous name was Business Process Outsourcing.
An EDS representative said the company hopes that by removing the word "outsourcing" from the unit's name, it will better convey the depth and range of the consulting and IT services that it provides. The representative said "outsourcing" conveys a narrower scope to most corporate decision makers today.
Several major consulting firms have tweaked their names in the past few years. But those changes were instituted mostly as a way to distance the consulting units from parent companies that are in the business of auditing clients' books.
In the Wednesday announcement, EDS also gave details of several new contracts totaling about $117 million. Among them was a six-year contract to provide customer relationship management (CRM) contact center services to Wanadoo, France Telecom's Internet division.
Another deal provides payment and settlement services in a four-year contract with Dobson Cellular System's American Cellular Wireless venture with AT&T Wireless.
EDS competes in this field with companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard,and Accenture.
EDS's recent deals include onebase in Quantico, Va., and one .
But the company's troubles over the past year have outweighed its successes. EDS has been dogged by problems that include an earnings warning in September, a formalinto the earnings warning, stock-hedging activity, and the revelation that The turmoil led to the , in March.