“Atos Builds E-Brokerage Site for Piazza Affari”

PARIS, FRANCE - April 19, 2000

Atos, a leading European IT services provider, announced today that it has successfully designed, built and is now hosting an e-trading site for the Italian stockbroker Piazza Affari.

To serve the emerging Italian online securities trading market, Piazza Affari wanted a dynamic, easy-to-use website, capable of attracting both confirmed investors and early adapters of new trading technology.

The broker therefore called on Atos for its ability to deliver both end-to-end service, from design to hosting, and a fully secure solution capable of displaying continuously updated information. In this way, it was able to leverage Atos' in-depth expertise in the management of stock market information, acquired through extensive experience with information and online trading services for Fimatex, BNP, La Poste, Banca Commerciale Italiana, Courcoux Bouvet, Mediaset On Line, Les Echos, Mieux Vivre.

The solution designed and implemented by Atos:

  • Combines a variety of information (financial news, research, Milan stock market prices) from a number of different providers.
  • Ensures linkage with Piazza Affari's back-office.
  • Manages margin coverage and order routing directly to the trading floor.

Subscribers, which are expected to total 5,000 by the end of the year, use their PCs to access the service via the Internet or the ITN network's Internet-TV channel. Once logged-in, they can easily manage their portfolios, access reliable information and automatically buy and sell shares on the Milan stock exchange.

About Atos

Atos, a leading European information technology services provider, is dedicated to helping companies grow and develop faster through a better use of technology. With fiscal 1999 sales of EUR 1 083 million, of which 33% was derived outside France, and a staff of 11 000 employees working in 11 European countries, Atos is focussed on providing companies strong expertise in electronic commerce, customer relationship management and supply chain management. For more information, visit the Atos' website: www.atos-group.com.

Through its Multimedia Division, Atos develops, manages and integrates home banking, online securities trading, electronic commerce and news services. Its multimedia server center handles more than 40 million connections a month.


Marie-Tatiana Collombert
Tel: + 33 1 49 00 96 33 - Fax : + 33 1 49 00 91 81