Arvin partners with IT firm to manage NA capabilities

TROY, Mich. — ArvinMeritor and EDS recently signed a new, six-year agreement for the latter company to manage the tier-one automotive supplier’s U.S. and Canadian Information Systems (IS) infrastructure services.

EDS will help enable enhanced capabilities, promote predictability in the system and speed ArvinMeritor’s ability to change with the evolving business climate, the trucking component systems supplier says.

“As we continue our transformation, we look to EDS as a partner that has extensive IS and industry experience,” said Jay McLean, vice president of service delivery, Information Systems, for ArvinMeritor. “Together, we will enhance our IS infrastructure to one that is optimized for scale and reliability as we face the challenges of today’s marketplace.”

With the agreement, EDS will assume responsibility for ArvinMeritor’s IS infrastructure, which includes consolidating and hosting its midrange servers and mainframe computers in EDS data centers. EDS will provide support for the manufacturer’s data and voice networks, desktop and other end-user computing services, electronic messaging, and provide global call center services.

This enhanced IS infrastructure will standardize and modernize tools and processes to increase quality.

EDS has significant industry-based knowledge in the automotive, aerospace and defense, high tech and industrial manufacturing segments, with more than 30 years of experience working with manufacturers. More than 20,000 EDS employees serve over 220 manufacturing clients in 40 countries.

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