/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EDS and Oracle today announced they have extended
their strategic alliance to develop and market software and solutions for
tax and revenue agencies around the world.
The two technology leaders plan to aggressively target application-
specific pursuits with tax and revenue agencies at all levels of government
in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. Oracle will
provide software and product expertise. Through EDS' recent acquisition of
Saber Government Solutions, EDS will act as the integrator, providing IT
services to implement Oracle's products along with any other IT solutions
required for clients' individual needs.
Saber will add a tax product line to an extensive existing software and
services portfolio, which includes Motor Vehicle Registration and
Unemployment Insurance, Voter Registration, Health and Human Services,
Justice & Public Safety, and Public Retirement programs. More than 100
Saber consultants in North America and India will be trained in 2008 on
Oracle Enterprise Taxation Management products to support EDS' global
"This agreement marks an industry-first, combining EDS' unique ability
to manage and deliver on a worldwide basis and Oracle's products and
expertise," said Michael Coomer, EDS executive vice president and Oracle
alliance executive sponsor. "We look forward to further enhance the
EDS-Oracle relationship in 2008 through our global Oracle practice, to
expand our collective ability to become our clients' business ally."
EDS has extensive global experience in tax and revenue, through
managing and developing systems for clients in the United States, Canada,
Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. EDS has unrivalled expertise in
implementing large scale complex systems for governments and in the data
conversion, scalability, security, architecture and integration
complexities that are habitually found in that environment.
"Oracle offers a comprehensive suite of software to support the
challenges of tax and revenue agencies worldwide," said John Andrus, vice
president, Oracle tax global business unit. "We are pleased to deepen our
relationship with EDS and leverage its global implementation experience to
help create new efficiencies in the tax and revenue industry worldwide."
"Oracle's Enterprise Taxation Management (ETM) system is a secure,
tax-specific, commercial off-the-shelf software solution that enables tax
and revenue authorities to optimize the revenue collection and billing
processes," said Charlie Feld, EDS senior executive vice president of
applications services. "It provides a flexible, integrated alternative to
custom-built systems that are expensive to maintain and difficult to adapt
to new taxes and regulations. EDS will continue to work with Oracle to
partner around specific industry verticals."
This expanded go-to-market agreement will enable EDS and Oracle to
overhaul and transform custom systems revenue and tax agencies put in place
in the 1980s and 1990s. These systems now impose severe constraints on
revenue and tax agencies. Historically, each tax type has had its own
system, resulting in poor customer service, while hampering compliance
activities. The combination of Oracle's tax and revenue products with EDS'
large-scale implementation expertise will enable an innovative solution
that consolidates information across tax and revenue sources, drives
efficiencies and helps resolve the issues created by legacy systems.
Most recently, the Commonwealth of Kentucky selected the combined EDS
and Oracle offering to create a comprehensive integrated tax system. The
selection validates the strength of the partnership strategy between EDS
"The tax and revenue go-to-market strategy between EDS and Oracle opens
up a tremendous growth opportunity for the two technology leaders," said
Bob Welch, group vice president and general manager at IDC Global Services.
"The combination of Oracle's strength in the tax and revenue software space
and EDS' global footprint and strong implementation experience showcases
the continuing impact on the market of the EDS Agility Alliance."
As a member of the EDS Agility Alliance, Oracle is collaborating with
EDS to accelerate and deliver best-in-class database, middleware and ERP
software as essential components of the EDS Agile Enterprise Platform. The
EDS Agility Alliance is a coalition of companies globally recognized for
their quality, products and value to clients. Its mission is to innovate,
develop and deliver the EDS Agile Enterprise Platform - EDS'
next-generation global delivery system. Together, EDS and its Agility
Alliance partners collaborate to design, build and run a market-leading
services platform and develop technology-based services to deliver tangible
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technology outsourcing industry more than 45 years ago. Today, EDS delivers
a broad portfolio of information technology and business process
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healthcare, communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail
industries and to governments around the world. Learn more at eds.com.
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SOURCE Electronic Data Systems Corporation