General Motors plans to announce the winning companies that bid on $15 billion worth of information technology contracts in a conference call Thursday morning.
In all, there are about 40 contracts worth a combined $3 billion annually, good for five years.
Ralph Szygenda, GM's chief information officer and architect of the information technology plan, is the only scheduled speaker on the 8:30 a.m. conference call.
EDS, which has the most to lose in the GM information technology sweepstakes, is holding employee town hall meetings Thursday morning to discuss what contracts the company has won and lost from the automaker.
EDS refuses to comment on the topic of the special meetings, but sources say that EDS will discuss the GM contracts.
EDS, based in Plano, Texas, has the most to lose because it has been providing GM with about two-thirds of the automaker's information technology hardware, software and services. GM's 10-year contract with EDS expires June 6.
Instead of just giving EDS the business again, Szygenda launched what he calls a re-compete, in which EDS had to compete for the existing and new GM information technology business along with major technology vendors such as IBM, Cisco Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Capgemini.
Although there are 40 contracts, one vendor could possibly get multiple contracts. There are hundreds of other smaller technology vendors waiting in the wings who may get a piece of the GM business by working with IBM, EDS or one of the other giant technology titans.
The 40 contracts are divided into three groups: infrastructure, software applications and integration management.
EDS, for example, received all 40 bid packages from GM and made bids on most of them.
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