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EDS name joins pantheon of defunct brands

When Hewlett-Packard announced today that it was dropping the EDS name and creating HP Enterprise Services, EDS joined a long list of fable names that rode off into the sunset.

Here are some of our favorite gone-but-not-forgotten company names:

American Management Systems Inc. – split into two pieces with one being sold to CACI International and the other to CGI Group.

BDM International – sold to TRW, which in turn was acquired by Northrop Grumman.

BTG Inc. – sold to Titan Corp., which was later acquired by L-3 Communications Inc.

Computer Data Systems Inc., aka, CDSI – sold to Affiliated Computer Systems Inc. and then swapped to Lockheed Martin when Lockheed and ACS traded their federal, and state and local businesses.

Compaq Computers – sold to HP.

Digital Equipment Corp. – sold to Compaq which in turn was sold to HP.

Federal Data Corp. – acquired by Northrop Grumman.

GTE Corp. – broken apart with three divisions going to General Dynamics and a fourth to DynCorp.

Litton Industries – acquired by Northrop Grumman.

Logicon – acquired by Northrop Grumman.

PRC – sold to Northrop Grumman as part of its Litton acquisition.

Wang Laboratories – sold to Getronics, which sold its government business back to Ken Bajaj to form DigitalNet, which he then sold to BAE Systems.

We’ve probably missed some, so add your suggestions.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Sep 23, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Reader Comments

Tue, Nov 10, 2009 Stephen J. Levine Oklahoma

Data General Corporation - Acquired by EMC in 1999.

Tue, Oct 6, 2009

...and through all the acquisitions, I can think of only one company that maintained its identity. TASC. Sold to Primark by it's founders, sold to Litton, then becoming a part of Northrop Grumman through that merger, yet it remained the only entity to keep its name. Even TRW and PRC, with their storied branding, faded. Now TASC is again rumored for sale. There must be something about it that keeps it unique.

Fri, Oct 2, 2009

Anteon was aquired by General Dynamics -it is now General Dynamics Information Technology.

Tue, Sep 29, 2009 anon

Washington Technology would do a good service to its readers if it pulled together a sweeping list of these consolidations and stuck it in a Flash generator time line. You should also set the view to a network diagram. That would be a useful piece of research. To see this in text alone is useful, but it quickly becomes as hard to follow as a biblical listing of "begetting."

Fri, Sep 25, 2009 Bethesda

GTE wasn't just acquired by General Dynamics. GTE had merged with Bell Atlantic to form the company we now know as Verizon. The merger was announced in July 1998, but didn't become official until 2000. Verizon then sold off part of GTE's government business to General Dynamics.

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