“WM-data acquires the nordic Atos Origin operation and the parties sign an Extended Enterprise Alliance”
Paris, December 14, 2000
Atos Origin and WM-data announced today that WM-data will acquire the Nordic operation of Atos Origin and that the parties have entered into an Extended Enterprise Agreement, which will provide an industry-leading vehicle for offering and delivering IT services to their respective customers
Atos Origin has a qualified customer base in Scandinavia, which is currently supported by a local staff of approximately 90 people in several locations. As part of the agreement WM-data will offer all of the employees a new employment in local WM-data companies. WM-data also acquires relevant business and assets.
Under the agreement both companies seek to expand their geographic presence by working together to serve their customers in markets where the other has a stronger position. Atos Origin has a formidable presence in France, The Netherlands and many other European markets and can also provide support in parts of Eastern Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. WM-data has corresponding strengths in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The alliance will be able to provide a full range of services across all of the above territories, including consulting and design, applications development, systems integration and information systems outsourcing.
Bernard Bourigeaud, Chairman of the management Board and CEO of Atos Origin added "This marks the first step in realizing the goals of our new company and it is an important agreement that will enable Atos Origin to provide its customers with end-to-end service and support across every European market. WM-data is a well established and excellent company which shares many of the same values as Atos Origin and I am looking forward to work with them".
Lars Harrysson, CEO of WM-data said "We welcome the Atos Origin employees to WM-data and look forward to providing quality services to the Atos Origin customers, many of whom are already WM-data customers. Through our discussions regarding the nordic market it became clear that our two companies saw many opportunities to support each other also outside of this acquisition and I am very much looking forward to our future cooperation".
WM-data is one of the Nordic area's leading IT companies. Group sales for 1999 amounted to SEK 12 720 million and the number of employees are now approximately 8,500.
WM-data's business concept is to provide "customer benefit through a complete range of IT-related services". And that means that WM-data offers solutions in all areas of information technology.
For more information, visit the company website at www.wmdata.com
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin, a leading e-services provider, enables clients to turn their objectives into value driven results through effective use of e-business and IT solutions. The company's 27,000 employees deliver innovative solutions and strong industry experience to better manage the entire value network for companies and extended enterprises. Atos Origin currently operates in 33 countries worldwide, with sales of EUR 2.8 billion in 1999. Customers include ABN-Amro, Akzo Nobel, BNP Paribas, Cegetel / Vivendi, Crédit Lyonnais, Euronext, FIAT, ICI, Lucent Technologies, Philip Morris, Philips, Shell and Unilever.