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 7:23 PM