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EDS offers management outsourcing

EDS launches a new service that gives companies the ability to centrally manage applications and information delivery to end-users.

EDS today launched a new service that gives companies the ability to centrally manage applications and information delivery to end-users.

EDS Network Computing Services puts the control of applications and information into a data center, where users immediately get enterprise-wide system updates and data security. Network Computing Services combines market available software and hardware and uses EDS proprietary process models for supporting the desktop.

The new service is intended to make it easier to deploy thin client-server environments by providing enterprise customers with custom or turnkey programs to outsource application, information, and resource management, the company said.

EDS, a systems and service integrator, said it offers systems based on Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 operating system Terminal Server Edition, provides a Windows 32-bit desktop interface to users of Windows based terminals and legacy desktops. The idea, according to EDS, is that customers may get the same low costs of centrally managed terminals in traditional mainframe environments while giving users access to rich Windows-based desktop applications.

EDS allows clients to use this new service as part of its traditional outsourcing portfolio or as a one-time, turnkey, project service.

Hewlett-Packard today pledged support for the new service.

In related news, EDS said it is expanding its electronic business strategy and debuted its EDS Interactive EDI Services (iEDI) and EDS Financial EDI Services (FEDI).

Electronic Data Interchange, or EDI, is a popular business technology that allows users to buy, sell, and pay for goods or products. However, many small to medium-sized business aren't using the technology because of high costs, which means EDI-enabled companies have been forced to maintain redundant systems, one electronic and the other paper-based.

EDS Web-based technology, like iEDI and FEDI, will allow more businesses to become EDI-compliant, the company said.

Pricing for the new services was not available.