EDS gets a lift from Microsoft

Electronic Data Systems Corp. has entered into an agreement with Microsoft Corp., which will allow the Plano, Tx.-based company to use the software giant’s tools and resources for its airline reservation products.

The eight-year agreement will address the modernization and operation process of EDS’ airline service oriented architecture (SOA) products. As part of the deal, Microsoft will provide architecture specialists, 24-hour support, a new software licencing model and customer channel management tools.

“We have spent considerable time analyzing technology tools and capabilities and reached the conclusion that EDS Agility Alliance partner Microsoft offers us the best path forward for modernizing and enhancing our airline reservations, flight operations and service oriented architecture products,” Jim Dullum, vice-president and leader of global transportation industry, said in a release. “This relationship will be unparalleled in providing the strongest combination of technology, industry expertise, products and architectural innovation to the airline industry.”

EDS will use Microsoft’s technology in their reservations, flight planning, flight operations and airline SOA products. The first implementations are expected to go live this summer.