Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) and EDS have signed a global strategic business agreement further strengthening their existing relationship.
EDS will buy and integrate Ericsson's mobile devices and software into its mobile solutions and services for enterprise customers. Wireless users will be able to access e-mail from Smartphones.
EDS will buy and integrate software solutions such as Ericsson Virtual Office (EVO) software, which enables mobile users to access corporate LAN based systems like e-mail, calendar, contacts and Intranet.
In addition, Ericsson joins EDS' preferred providers of mobile devices combining Internet Protocol and voice capabilities, commonly known as convergent technologies. This equipment includes the Ericsson R380 Smartphone - a mobile phone that also functions as a PDA - and the latest Ericsson Bluetooth(TM)-enabled devices providing wireless personal area networking. EDS will train sales and delivery teams in the provision of solutions based on these latest convergent technologies from Ericsson.
"We are enthusiastic about teaming with Ericsson to help organizations worldwide mobilize business processes in the digital economy," said Reza Jafari, president of EDS' Global Communications, Entertainment and Media Industry Group. "This relationship combines Ericsson's market - leading mobile Internet and infrastructure with EDS' world - class competencies in systems and business process integration - to enable full mobile digital workflow that's available anywhere, anytime."
"EDS is an excellent partner to Ericsson," said Lars E. Svensson, President Ericsson Enterprise AB. "Both companies have a global reach and serve companies and governments with cutting-edge products and services. When it comes to mobility, Ericsson and EDS have a very complementary client base, and Ericsson is very pleased at entering this partnership as strategic supplier of products to EDS' mobile services targeted toward the Global 1000."
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