EDS to lead business intelligence team

EDS to lead business intelligence team

Electronic Data Systems (EDS) has agreed to form a partnership with A.T. Kearney and NCR to offer business-intelligence services to corporations, officials from all three companies announced yesterday.

The burgeoning business-intelligence market focuses on helping corporations make business decisions using data warehouses, industry information and in-house systems. The primary objective is to boost profits by keeping companies focused on strategic plans and goals as they go about daily business.

EDS Business Intelligence Services, announced yesterday, involve a variety of service options that include NCR software and A.T. Kearney consulting help. A.T. Kearney, which provides business consulting services, is a wholly owned subsidiary of EDS.

The EDS plan includes providing clients with industry insight and contacts to form partnerships, as well as improving how information systems are utilised across the enterprise.

During the past several years, companies have implemented large enterprise software systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), while also working to sidestep the year 2000 software problem, and this has created a "hangover effect" with executives waking up in the morning to discover that "the business is running no better than it was before," said Doug Aldrich, vice president for strategic information technology practice at A.T. Kearney.

That's because employees often cannot access information available in complex ERP systems. Generally business intelligence is designed to aid information retrieval so that employees can gather data from disparate sources. That, too, will be addressed by the new EDS service offerings, which the company contends will create "information arsenals" out of data warehouses.

The agreement between EDS, A.T. Kearney and NCR has not yet been finalised, though officials said it should be completed within the next two months and the companies already are working on the services.

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