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Default [2004-10-25] EDS and Vodafone Launch Managed Mobility

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PLANO, Texas, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EDS (NYSE: EDS - News) and Vodafone today announced the IT industry's first large-scale global deployment of a fully managed mobility service with the launch of a managed BlackBerry(TM) service for ABN AMRO Bank of the Netherlands.

Based on the first integrated mobility service model delivered by a systems integrator and wireless carrier, the new service connects individuals seamlessly for anytime, anywhere real-time connectivity. It provides access to e-mail, calendars, contacts, task lists, corporate intranet and the Internet. The managed solution empowers workers to take advantage of downtime and have complete control over when and where they work.

"We're delivering a truly mobile extension of the enterprise, moving the corporate desktop into the wireless world, while maintaining the consistency, stability and security of a fully managed desktop environment," said Bill Crawford, global offering executive, EDS Mobility Services. "And we deliver the service using existing resources."

In an ABN AMRO pilot, employees worked via their wireless devices an average of 48 minutes each working day and 40 minutes on weekends. Employees cited airports, doctors' offices and soccer fields as common locations where they used their wireless devices.

Ninety-six percent of the pilot users stated the device significantly improved their business effectiveness. Eighty-three percent of users stated the mobile service improved their responsiveness and customer service. Forty- four percent reported direct revenue gains as a result of their increased responsiveness

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