Meet The "Completely Different Eds"

Despite a drastic reorganization and suddenly satisfied customers, skeptics remain

When Electronic Data Systems Corp. landed the U.S. government's biggest-ever technology outsourcing deal--a $7 billion contract to build and maintain computer networks for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps--Champagne corks popped and Sousa marches played over loudspeakers at the sprawling EDS headquarters in Plano, Tex. For CEO Richard H. Brown and his team, the surprise win over three rivals was proof positive that the once foundering technology-services giant was back. Wall Street was impressed, too. The company's stock jumped nearly 10% after the Oct. 6 announcement.

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