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June 1, 1988

ELECTRONIC DATA SYSTEMS TRIES OUT PACKAGED SOFTWARE SERVICE FIRST IN FRANCE

By CBR Staff Writer

A new one-stop shopping service to provide large companies with complete packaged software solutions is being tried out by Electronic Data Systems Corp first in France. In March, the General Motors Corp subsidiary established EDS-Pro SA in Paris, and yesterday, the new company outlined its plans for the future. EDS-Pro plans to offer complete vertical and horizontal applications, designed to cover the entire spectrum from data processing through office automation to telecommunications for IBM environments. EDS-Pro also envisages the systematic expansion of accompanying services – implementation, training and maintenance, and will also develop customer-specific applications. The company estimates that services of this kind will generate at least three quarters of its turnover, with the remaining quarter coming directly from licence fees. Initially, the 150-strong company, headed by Philippe Charignon, will offer packages from SPI SA for the French market, before moving into the European, US and world markets. EDS-Pro claims that business generated by its packaged software applications could eventually account for some 15% of its Dallas parents’ annual turnover – a mighty new business, given that EDS had turnover of some $4,400m in 1987.

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