PLANO, Texas -- EDS today announced Gartner, a leading IT industry research and advisory firm, placed EDS in the leaders category -- as measured by both a bility to execute and vision -- in its first Magic Quadrant study on the product lifecycle management (PLM) market. According to Gartner, Inc., leaders are vendors who are performing well today, h ave a clear vision of market direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market. EDS made the announcement whi le also announcing leading UK womens fashion chain New Look has selected i ts flagship Teamcenter® PLM software to help reduce the companys “ ;time-to-profits by linking its buyers, designers and supply chain partner s in a collaborative, web-based environment -- marking the initial adoption of T eamcenter for retail applications. (
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Gartners PLM Magic Quadrant evaluation process involved the assessment of companies viability, the features and functions of their products, the ser vice and support available after products are sold and their core technology. I n addition, Gartner considered each firms ability to support the entire li fecycle process, including the areas of strategy, planning, management and execu tion. This leader quadrant position clearly confirms the strategy EDS PLM Soluti ons has been delivering against since it was formed over 18 months ago, sa id Tony Affuso, president of EDS PLM Solutions. We believe the results we have delivered since then speak for themselves. In 2002, our first full year a s part of EDS portfolio, we had a $2.1 billion presence with over 1 millio n production seats in the PLM market, surpassing all other companies. Our visio n has also allowed us to grow in traditional markets, such as automotive and aer ospace, while expanding into new markets such as consumer packaged goods, retail and fashion. EDS PLM Solutions delivers proven open, scalable solutions to more than 34,500 c lients worldwide. These solutions help to drive customer-focused product and pr ocess innovations, increase agility and deliver superior financial returns. All of these results are delivered by increasing a clients ability to create and apply its extended enterprises intellectual capital. The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted April, 2003 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused wit h permission, which permission should not be deemed to be an endorsement of any company or product depicted in the quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is Gartner, Inc. s opinion and is an analytical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It measures vendors against Gartner defined criteria for a marketplace. The positioning of vendors within a Magic Quadrant is based on t he complex interplay of many factors. Gartner does not advise enterprises to sel ect only those firms in the Leaders quadrant. In some situations, fi rms in the Visionary, Challenger, or Niche Player quadrants may be the right mat ches for an enterprise’s requirements. Well-informed vendor selection decisions should rely on more than a Magic Quadrant. Gartner research is intended to be on e of many information sources including other published information and direct a nalyst interaction. Gartner, Inc. expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied, of fitness of this research for a particular purpose.
EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation, bus iness transformation and operational solutions for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. EDS brings together the wor lds best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their cus tomers trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its management consu lting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the worlds leading companies and go vernments in 60 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 2002. The c ompanys stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDS) and the London Stock Exchange. Teamcenter is a registered trademark of EDS or its subsidiaries in the United St ates and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or serv ice marks belong to their respective holders.