EDS: Getting Out Front in Outsourcing

The Texas technology services innovator is making big investment moves into India and China to play catch-up with the competition

Technology services firm Electronic Data Systems (EDS) is more accustomed to leading the pack than frantically playing catch up. Founded by Texas billionaire and two-time Presidential candidate Ross Perot more than 40 years ago, EDS all but invented the information outsourcing industry. In the mid-'60s, the company started processing insurance claims and payments for the Texas Medicare program. A decade later, it was winning outsourcing contracts in Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Iran, and Pakistan.

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