|resolution||May 8, 2007|
|management||Axel Knobe, CEO|
|Number of employees||over 5,500 (2005)|
|sales||606 million euros (2005)|
The former information technology service provider gedas has advised companies in the automotive and manufacturing industries on the development, system integration and operation of IT solutions for over 20 years. After the sale in 2006, the company was integrated into T-Systems and the brand name gedas was given up.
The gedas group was a subsidiary of the Volkswagen group and originally emerged as an internal service provider. The company, headquartered in Berlin , had more than 55 locations in 16 countries around the world. In 2005 around 5,500 employees achieved sales of 606 million euros.
The gedas group consisted of the umbrella organization of gedas AG and its subsidiaries, primarily national companies. As the parent company, gedas AG generally held 100% of the shares in each of the national companies and acted de facto as the holding company . In addition, it held shares in joint ventures such as gedas operational services GmbH & Co. KG ( gedas os ), which was founded together with Fraport AG , gedas onsite GmbH and some nearshore spin-offs.
In 1983 Volkswagen decided to change its IT strategy and developed a concept for the group IT department, which took on the function of an internal service provider. Soon afterwards, the VW Gedas Group was created under the management of Mr. Dieter Schacher. Only three years later, the group received its first external contract, a CAD environment migration for the automotive supplier ITT Automotive (TEVES).
As early as the early 1990s, gedas concentrated on applying a holistic approach to information technology and implemented a model in which the integration of IT into the production processes had a high priority. In the following years, the business volume increased significantly and responsibility for IT operations was also taken over at international VW locations.
In 1998 VW-GEDAS became gedas. This was intended to express that the group had become one of the world's leading system integrators, whose customers no longer came from the VW group ( Volkswagen , Audi , Škoda , Seat and others). In 1999 gedas established itself more and more as a global company with the opening of locations in the USA and China . On January 1, 2001 gedas was renamed gedas AG and Robert Stauß was appointed chairman of the board. Robert Stauß had been with the company since August 1987 and commercial director since 1991. In 2002 gedas introduced its Line of Business structure. In 2003, Axel Knobe was appointed CEO .
In September 2005 Volkswagen AG announced that gedas and the rental car company Europcar were to be sold. In December, the gedas group was sold to T-Systems with effect from April 1, 2006 . The merger of gedas AG with T-Systems Enterprise Services GmbH was entered in the commercial register on May 8, 2007.
On November 15, 2006 the brand name gedas was almost completely taken off the market and replaced by T-Systems . The exception here was gedas operational services GmbH & Co. KG - the gedas in the name of this company was not repaid until May 30, 2008.
When advising, gedas covered the entire IT value chain in companies: from product development to resource management and logistics processes to sales and customer care. This full-service portfolio was bundled into five global business areas: