EDS has launched an on-demand hosting service, which enables businesses to rent Microsoft applications such as Office and Exchange on a per user/per month basis. Businesses will be able to use these applications without having to purchase them.
EDS expects the offering to deliver several hundred million in revenue over the next three years. The market for ASP services is an estimated $630 million in 2000, and is expected to reach $4.5 billion by 2003, according to International Data Corporation.
“EDS’ on-demand services will enable software developers and partners to quickly start offering highly reliable software as a subscription service,” said Ian Rogoff, vice president, Partner Group and Enterprise Services at Microsoft.
The application hosting service enables customers and channel partners to deliver their own Windows 2000-based software quickly to end users over the internet. In addition, it delivers a range of applications in an on-demand model that is easy to use and access by any device. The service creates a potent new revenue opportunity for channel partners, with pre-determined service level agreements, economical per-seat/per user pricing and rapid implementation for customers.
“We see our Microsoft on-demand capabilities as a major step along the path of viewing software as a service. EDS has a long history of success in applications management and managed operations,” said John Wilkerson, president, EDS Indirect Market Channels. “With over one million square feet of raised data center flooring under our management around the world, we can back every partner with fast delivery and reliable service.
Wilkerson said. “The Exchange 2000 product introduces a new level of functionality for the knowledge worker, and is a critical element of a robust set of productivity and business applications.”
Windows DNA 2000 is Microsoft’s platform for rapid building and deployment of next-generation e-commerce, line-of-business and web solutions that easily integrate customers with partners and existing applications. Other components of the Windows DNA 2000 platform include Microsoft SQL ServerTMCommerce Server, BizTalkTMServer, Applications Center, Host Integration Server, Exchange, Internet Security and Acceleration Server and the Visual StudioTMdevelopment system.
EDS provides E-business and information technology services to 9,000 business and government clients in about 50 countries around the world. With 35 years’ experience, EDS delivers management consulting, electronic business solutions, process management, and systems and technology expertise to help clients simplify complexity. The company works with a wide variety of industries, including communications, energy and chemicals, financial services, government, healthcare, products and retailing, and travel and transportation.