The End of the Ingredient Era for Technology

I spent 29 years working for EDS. HERE is a current article related to EDS’s sale to HP. The author did have an error in his writing, because EDS was founded in 1962 and not 1982, however, it is still an interesting article.

8 thoughts on “The End of the Ingredient Era for Technology

  1. No. However when I started there were 2000 employees in EDS. When I retired there were 140,000. Quite a change. When I retired from EDS, I went to work at Perot Systems for two years, and then went into full retirement.

  2. I was reading news and saw , what has happened in Panama hoping Sofia and her family is well.

    And also storms are again there near.
    I wish you a peaceful weekend, no accidents, no hurricanes !

  3. Funny you should mention Perot Systems.

    When Ross’ non-compete with GM over EDS expired, he bought First American Data Services (FADS), the Reston, Virginia based IT arm of the First American Bank chain which then formed the foundation of Perot Systems.

    For completely unrelated reasons (I was unaware of the purchase negotiations), I resigned as Director of Data Base Operations from FADS a couple days before the purchase announcement was made and counted myself lucky to have left when I did.

    Those who stayed through the transition were given many promises by Ross’ management teams, were worked to death and as soon as the the one-year dismissal moritorium was up, were fired without notice as a group.

    Interesting cross-over…

  4. Hi Mike. There is no way I would have gone with PS when it first started. I didn’t like the way he raided EDS to get people. However, when I retired from EDS, PS was fine with me. Any port in a storm so to speak.

  5. I left FADS because the whole set-up just seemed completely crazy to me; far too many people in management, too few techies, way too few *competent* techies, too many non-productive projects, too many blue-sky projects, etc., etc., etc.

    Since FADS was legally an independent company, it billed its only client, the First American banks, for IT services in the same manner of EDS, but the rates being charged were truly astronomical, way out of line with any legitimate industry practice. I didn’t know what was going on, but I smelled a hell of a lot of dead fish in the corridors so I quit after 5 months.

    Of course it turned out only a few months later that the whole BCCI scandal broke out dragging Clifford and Altman into federal courts. That massive fraud explained a lot about what was really going on…

    I’m not terribly surprised that PS let most of the FADS people go as most of them were mediocre at best, but the manner in which it was done was absolutely sleazy. Only a week before the group dismissal, PS management called a meeting to “dismiss rumors and concerns” and assured all the former FADS people that their jobs were safe.

    Several people I knew bought into the whole PS “bust-your-butt-for-Ross-and-we’ll-reward-you” thing and got badly used. Glad I was already on my way out the door when the change came..

    My near-miss experience with FADS was the direct cause for my deciding to leave the permanent employee ranks and go semi-independent as a technical / business consultant working through resource sourcing companies such as Princeton Systems.

    When the IT / technology / Telecom crash came, most of the good jobs dried up and I just decided to call it a day, rest on my laurels and start arranging our retirement.

  6. You have to admit, it is great to be out of that rat race. I feel like I probably extended my life by 10 years by retiring.

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