Xerox wraps up purchase of business process outsourcing firm ACS

$6.4 billion acquisition creates multifaceted offerings company

Xerox Corp. has completed its $6.4 billion acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services Inc., a deal that makes Xerox one of the world’s largest business process and document management companies.

ACS, a large diversified business process outsourcing (BPO) firm, has expertise in automating work processes. The company provides BPO and IT outsourcing services that range from processing more than 1 million credit card applications and 12 million student loans each year to HR services for more than 4.4 million employees and retirees annually.

Through a combination of services, technology and innovation, the combined company will pursue a $500 billion market focused on document and process management for businesses and governments, according to a Xerox announcement.

ACS initially will be branded as ACS, A Xerox Company. It will continue to be led by Lynn Blodgett, president and CEO of ACS. He joins the Xerox Board of Directors as an executive vice president of the corporation.

Blodgett will report to Xerox CEO Ursala M. Burns.

“We’re quickly taking full advantage of becoming part of Xerox with plans to expand our business to more global markets this year. And, through its proprietary categorization and advanced document imaging software, Xerox technology will help us differentiate our offerings by providing faster, more automated ways to manage our clients’ business processes,” Blodgett said in the statement.

“The breadth of ACS’ offerings – from HR benefits management and IT support to automated toll collection and electronic health records – is a significant competitive advantage and one we will continue to leverage through investments, innovation and global expansion,” Burns added.

The Xerox-ASC deal was first announced Sept. 28, 2009.

ACS, of Dallas, ranks No. 75 on Washington Technology’s 2009 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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