EDS Wins Social Services Pact, Provides PLM Solution

Continuing a successful few weeks in acquiring new businessEDS , the Plano, Texas-based provider of strategy, implementation and hosting services, today announced a three-year contract to provide California’s Welfare Client Data System Consortium with a digital learning program to deliver training to more than 25,000 social service agents.

Using CalWORKs Information Network (CalWIN), a system designed and developed by EDS to consolidate the consortium’s disparate systems, EDS will deliver seven courses for welfare employees in 18 California counties that administer benefits to more than one million individuals receiving aid each year.

“Because courses are available at anytime on the Consortium’s intranet, employees are able to refresh themselves on courses as needed,” explains Sandra Erbs, Welfare Client Data System project manager.

“Through practice scenarios and module review testing in each of the seven courses, we are able to determine the level of understanding and the need to provide additional support for employees as necessary,” she says.

Today’s announcement builds on EDS’ existing 11-year, $321 million contract for building and implementing CalWIN to replace the consortium’s 30-year-old legacy system.

EDS says the consolidation of systems to create CalWIN ultimately enables the organization to increase such efficiencies as streamlining welfare aid programs, reducing errors, preventing fraud and increasing employees’ access to online training.

The e-Learning courses include Introduction and Overview of CalWIN; Reports and Statistics; Fraud Prevention; Administration and Management; Program Planning; Fair Hearings; and Integrated Eligibility Verification System.

“Through training implementation, the consortium is able to realize additional benefits from the CalWIN system already in place,” says Bill Hitchcock, global director of EDS’ Digital Learning service line.

“EDS excels in managing complexity and change. During our nearly 20-year relationship, we have demonstrated a high degree of understanding and an ability to translate the consortium’s goals into effective applications. This announcement is another opportunity for EDS to work with the consortium as a team to transform social service delivery in California.” he says.

In its second announcement today, EDS has signed a contract to license its Teamcenter software to the Automotive Systems Group of Toledo, Ohio-based Dana Corp. to support product lifecycle management (PLM) strategy.

Dana will deploy the Teamcenter Express Automotive Solution from EDS PLM Solutions as its single source of product information within its Traction Technologies, Structural Solutions, Torque Management and System Integration Groups.

“We recognize the need of integrating product development processes within our own in-house design operations as well as with OEMs and suppliers,” says Brad Knauf, director of Dana’s Automotive Systems Group I.T.

“With the Teamcenter Express Automotive Solution, we expect to easily and quickly optimize our enterprise-wide development processes. This will allow us to improve our overall product and system offerings while significantly reducing our product cycle times, costs and time to market,” he explains.

The Teamcenter Express Automotive Solution is tailored to automotive supplier data, processes and standards, and is designed to enable automotive suppliers to comply with the requirements surrounding production and manufacturing standards.

“We continue to have a strong vertical industry strategy,” says Pat Kruse, president, Americas Operations for EDS’ PLM Solutions line of business.

“Our experience in creating environments that enable vertical market companies to drive greater innovation, quality and reliability into their products was integral to Dana’s decision to implement our solutions.”

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