“Novell and Atos Origin announce strategic Net services Partnership”

Amsterdam / Paris, February 14th 2001

Business partnership with Atos Origin will offer major multinationals global enterprise directory solutions

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced that it is partnering with Atos Origin, one of the world's largest end-to-end, full lifecycle business solution integrators, to supply international enterprise directory solutions to major multinationals. Through the affiliation with Atos Origin, Novell is able to deliver the one Net strategy into new and existing customers. Novell and Atos Origin will work together in bringing Net services software like NDS® eDirectory™ and DirXML™ into the ERP market, expanding both organisations' overall eBusiness proposition. The integration of eDirectory in the Enterprise Infrastructure Management (EIM) services provided by Atos Origin offers customers optimised ERP and eBusiness management within their "extended" enterprise and facilitates any future Value Chain integration.

"Our customers are looking for ways to simplify administration for security, identity and resource management across intranets, extranets and the Internet. The combination of Novell's Net services software and the ERP and lifecycle management capabilities of Atos Origin, allow our corporate customers to accelerate their transition towards eBusiness," said Alex Salehi, Novell vice president of Professional Services.

As part of the initial partnership agreement, Atos Origin will provide NDS eDirectory services from its operating centres in Europe, the United States and the Asia Pacific region.

"Within a modern extended enterprise there is a growing need for employees, business partners and customers to access ever increasing amounts of information. The reliable and secure intra-enterprise and inter-enterprise connectivity is a growing business critical issue in today's fast moving global eBusiness landscape. The partnership with Novell will ensure that Atos Origin can provide its customers with the product and services solutions to deal with these underlying problems," said Hans Hoebink, Marketing Director Global Managed Services of Atos Origin.

Partner Training and Awareness

Sales training will be provided as part of the initial rollout in Europe, and Atos Origin consultants will receive extensive training on Novell's Net services software technologies and deployment strategies. The companies also plan joint promotional activities targeting their customer base.

Customer Services

Novell and Atos Origin have signed a Preliminary Partnership Agreement tailored to fit the business needs of global customers. Atos Origin and Novell are committed to put forward this combined value-added proposition to their respective established/new customer bases, as already demonstrated with a pilot ERP integration project in the major Dutch bank. Joint commitment reflected in the preliminary alliance will be further elaborated in the full partnering and licensing agreements. Novell will offer support to Atos Origin through its Customer Service Centre and Atos Origin will provide consultancy, design, implementation and managed operations services to eDirectory customers.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is the leading provider of Net services software that delivers services to secure and power all types of networks-the Internet, intranets, and extranets; wired to wireless; corporate and public-across leading operating systems. Novell's Net services software provides the foundation for one Net-a single global network that supports new applications and forms of business. Worldwide channel, consulting, education and technical support programs, along with strategic alliances, combine Novell® Net services software with third-party products and services to form complete Net solutions.
For information on Novell's complete range of products and services, contact Novell's Customer Response Center at (801) 861-4272, or visit Novell's Web site at http://www.novell.com. Press may access Novell announcements and company information on the World Wide Web at http://www.novell.com/pressroom. In addition, detailed comparisons between Novell products and competitive offerings from other vendors are available on the Web at http://www.novell.com/competitive.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin, a leading e-Business 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 more than 30 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.

Novell and NDS are registered trademarks, and DirXML and eDirectory are trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. *All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Novell Press Contact:
Maria Richardson
Novell, EMEA.
Phone: +44 1344 724000
E-mail: maria_richardson@novell.com

Mireille Aspin
Hill and Knowlton
Phone: +44 207 973 4487
E-mail: maspin@hillandknowlton.com

Atos Origin Press Contacts:
Marie-Tatiana Collombert
+ 33 (1) 49 00 96 33
marie-tatiana.collombert@atosorigin.com