DIGITAL EQUIPMENT WINS $27M PC CONTRACT FROM GOODYEAR
MAYNARD, Mass., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) today announced a major personal computer and services contract, worth up to $27 million, from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Akron, OH. Under terms of the five-year contract, Digital will provide hardware, software, installation, and maintenance for the next generation of the Goodyear Business Management System, GBMS II. This system, which manages a variety of business functions, will be phased in at company-owned outlets, franchises, and subsidiaries as well as independent tire dealers throughout the United States and Canada. The contract calls for Digital to deliver up to 2,600 PCs, including 1,600 DECpc 433ST systems for Goodyear's businesses. Up to 1,000 additional PCs will be installed at its independent tire dealers. The DECpc 400ST series of high-performance servers utilizes Intel's Xpress architecture, and are fully upgradable to its Pentium processor. Goodyear selected Digital over other major vendors for the GBMS II project, and will replace its existing computers with the Digital PCs. Deliveries of pilot systems begin this month with volume installations starting in June. Goodyear will use the Digital PCs as the recommended hardware platform in an open software environment for running the GBMS II software, which includes point of sale, accounts receivable, payable, general ledger, and inventory functions.
Digital Offers Industry-Standard, Open Technology
Commenting on Digital's successful bid, Gene Coulter, Director of Information Technology for Goodyear's North American Tire Division, said "As a major computer systems manufacturer and integrator, Digital proposed industry-standard, open technology. They demonstrated they can integrate the required multivendor hardware and software, and manage the complexity of staging and delivery." "Digital's business terms, systems and services will allow us to create and customize the best overall solution for our business," he said.
Digital Provides Single Source of PC Support
Enrico Pesatori, Vice President and General Manager of Digital's Personal Computer Business Unit, said "Goodyear developed a migration strategy targeted at improving system performance, adopting industry- standard hardware, providing expandability and scalability, and reducing resource and support problems. They wanted a vendor to provide 'one- stop shopping,' and chose Digital for the complex assignment of integration and delivery of the GBMS II solution." Goodyear implemented similar systems previously, and believed Digital was well-qualified to manage the scope of the new GBMS II project, from supervising subcontractors, to supplying and integrating systems and software throughout the United States and Canada. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, a Fortune 50 company headquartered in Akron, Ohio, is the only American-owned tire manufacturer, distributor and retailer. Digital Equipment Corporation, headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts, is the leading worldwide supplier of networked computer systems, software and services. Digital pioneered and leads the industry in interactive, distributed multivendor computing. Digital and its business partners deliver the power to use the best integrated solutions - from desktop to data center - in open information environments. ---- NOTE TO EDITORS: Digital, DECpc are trademarks of Digital Equipment Corporation. GBMS is a trademark of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Pentium and Xpress are trademarks of Intel Corporation. -0- 3/24/93 /CONTACT: Ed Canty, Personal Computer Business Unit, 508-264-7485 or Peter Basmajian, Personal Computer Business Unit, 508-264-7530/ (DEC)
CO: Digital Equipment Corporation; Goodyear ST: Massachusetts, Ohio IN: CPR SU: CON
TM -- NE006 -- 9028 03/24/93 10:28 EST
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