“PPR Renews Trust in Atos Origin and Awards Contract to Manage Finaref Information System”

Paris, France - November 07, 2001

In recent years, France Printemps, the Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR) subsidiary that manages the Printemps department stores in France, has outsourced partial management of its information system to Atos Origin. Finaref, a provider of financial services mainly for PPR customers, has awarded Atos Origin a contract to manage its Unix-based mainframe system operations, enabling PPR to enter a new phase in its IT resources optimization program.

With the new operations management contract, Atos Origin is leveraging its extensive IT service capabilities to provide Finaref with the benefits of scale, flexibility, and "industrial-strength" quality. Under the contract, Atos Origin will manage all data processing operations, including technology, systems, networks and applications.

Atos Origin enjoys a broad array of high-performance IT resources, including a 3,800 MIPS mainframe system with 16 terabyte storage capacity; 700 intermediate Unix, NT, AS400, VAX and HP systems; 4,000 square meters of secure computer rooms; and an associated LAN/WAN infrastructure.

Since 1994, Atos Origin has provided France Printemps with support to design, deploy and implement complex, mission-critical IT projects. This long-term partnership has enabled Atos Origin to acquire extensive retailing industry expertise so it can now effectively advise retailers on how to continuously identify solutions that meet their emerging needs for both just-in-time delivery and lean inventory.

Atos Origin currently generates approximately EUR 200 million in revenue in the retailing market. Its solutions allow mass marketers to:

  • Identify and nurture their customer capital with call centers, customer loyalty programs, datawarehousing, marketing surveys and datamining.
  • Capitalize on e-commerce with the capabilities required to develop and host transactional sites, manage electronic payment and related security, and integrate a variety of marketing channels.
  • Optimize supply chain management.

About France Printemps and Finaref
Printemps is a multispecialist retailer with 18 directly operated stores and 9 affiliates in France. It is committed to setting the standard for large department store chains nationwide.
Finaref is the credit and financial services arm of Pinault-Printemps-Redoute. It markets a range of financial products including credit, insurance and savings instruments.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is a leading international business and technology integrator. Its business is turning client visions into results through the application of management consulting, enterprise, e-business and outsourcing solutions. The company has annual revenues of more than EUR 3 billion, operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and has 27,000 employees. Atos Origin's clients include ABN-Amro, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Unilever and Vivendi Universal.

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