American Management Systems
Infobox defunct company
fate=Sold, defense related business to
CACI, rest of the company to CGI Group
American Management Systems (previous
NASDAQsymbol: AMSY) was founded in 1970 as a technology and management consultingfirm. It was founded by a group of five former United States Department of Defenseofficials who worked under Robert McNamarain the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. The company grew to a size greater than nine thousand workers, with many offices in both the United States and other countries. At one point in the 1990s, one quarter of the company's revenue, albeit none of the profit, came from Europe. Much of its business was creating large computer systems for various government entities. It created a large accounting system for New York City during its recovery from its fiscal crisis in the late 1970s, and won the award for the United States Department of DefenseStandard Procurement System in 1997.cite web
title=DefenseLink: Contracts for Monday, April 7, 1997
For the first 20+ years of its existence, the company was based in
Arlington, Virginiaon the banks of the Potomac Riverwith a commanding view of Washington DC. In the early 1990s, AMS moved its corporate headquarters to Fairfax, Virginia. By the late 1990s, all AMS offices in Arlington were vacated and all Washington, D.C.-area personnel (approximately half of the worldwide staff) were based in Fairfax.
In December 2002, It sold its Global Energy Group to Bangalore, India-based
Wipro Technologies. In 2004, several factors, most notably an inattentive Board Of Directors, a series of ineffective CEOs, and the senior executives' overall inability to adapt to new business models, combined to force it to be sold. CGI, a Canadian company, was the primary purchaser, getting the commercial business and all government business not related to national defense. The defense portion of AMS could not be sold to a company based outside the U.S. so that part of AMS was purchased by CACI. The AMS brand was retained by CGI and the [http://www.ams.com AMS website] will direct users to the CGI site. CGI's United States headquarters are in Fairfax, Virginia.
AMS in Europe
At the beginning of the 1990s, AMS provided the billing solution for an American
Telephone Company Airtel. Following the expansion of the GSMstandard in Europe, Airtelinvested in a number of foreign GSM providers. This led to the expansion of the AMS billing solution, Spectrum 2000, into Europe. In 1992 AMS was in a unique position as provider of the billing system to the emerging mobile telcomarket in Europe; making AMS a major player in the European Market. AMS expanded into Portugal, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spainand Poland. Despite this success, the company did not develop sufficient service delivery and business development units. Instead, it decided to commit to a huge (over 100M$) investment in the development of the sophisticated Customer Care and Billing System Tapestry for German fixed-wire telecom Arcor. Lack of commitment to marketing of this system contributed to the problems that led to significant layoffsin Europe in 2002. Furthermore AMS lost prestige when D1 (now known as T-Mobile) chose Amdocsfor its billing solution, after AMS decided to abstand the new tender.
In 2002, AMS had approximately 6300 employees, 986 million in revenue and 21 million in income and 51 offices worldwide.
Charles O. Rossotti
* Frank Nicolai
* Pat Gross
* Jan Lodal
Chief Executive Officers
* Ivan Selin - 1970 to late 1980s.
* Charles O. Rossotti - Late 1980s to Mid 1990s.
* Paul Brands - Mid 1990s to October 25, 2000.
* Bill Purdy (Interim) - October 26, 2000 to November 30, 2001.
* Alfred T. Mockett - December 1, 2001 to 2004.
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