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+[[!meta title="EDS -- Why do we still hear about them?"]]
+[[!meta author="Daniel Silverstone"]]
+[[!meta date="2004-03-08 10:20:00 +0000"]]
+[[!tag old-livejournal]]
+
+In the UK, the Government have a terrible track-record for choosing
+effective ways to spend their IT budget. Commonly they hire a company
+known as <a href="http://www.eds.com/">EDS</a>. Now EDS don’t exactly
+have a good track-record for delivering projects on time, within budget,
+or even to spec; yet the UK Government continues to choose EDS over
+other companies for their IT projects. Recently the
+<a href="http://www.nhs.uk/">NHS</a> started a
+<a href="http://www.eds.com/about_eds/homepage/home_page_nhs.shtml">project</a>
+to sort out their email. EDS were chosen and proceeded to shout about
+it, wax lyrical about how good the system was going to be, and then
+failed to deliver on-time, within-budget, or to-spec. The NHS dropped
+them and ended up going with (I believe) Sun Microsystems’ Java Desktop.
+And now, EDS want to
+<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/53/36068.html">sue</a>
+the NHS because they were dropped. Personally I think the UK government
+should go to court, in the UK, and demonstrate how utterly apalling EDS
+are, simultaneously countersuing EDS for all the money they’ve ever been
+given for failed projects, the interest on that money, and also damages,
+costs and general expenses. It’s time we found a way to wind up EDS and
+stop them fucking anyone else over. <em>(As an aside, it’s also about
+time the UK Government learnt from their mistakes and actually stopped
+even considering EDS — they’re just too shit)</em>