“DSM chooses Atos Origin as preferred partner for application hosting”

UTRECHT - 27 March 2002

Atos Origin and DSM have just signed an extensive application hosting outsourcing agreement, and will join forces for a period of seven years. The agreement, which has a contract value of over 35 million euros, is international in scope and valid for Europe, the United States, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.

The complete agreement between Atos Origin and DSM involves application hosting of DSM's IT systems by Atos Origin. An important element of the cooperation lies in the construction and administration of an Enterprise Resource Planning environment - an infrastructure that also provides a link to e-business and web applications. Over the next two years, Atos Origin will lay the foundations for this service, which will be implemented and managed by the ICT service provider for seven years.

Preferred Partnership
"After taking careful stock of the market's main players for application hosting, DSM has chosen Atos Origin as its 'preferred partner'. Decisive factors were Atos Origin's flexibility and commitment, as well as DSM's previous positive experiences with Atos Origin. Considering the dynamics of the market in which DSM operates, it is essential for us to have a partner that is technically and organisationally capable of developing along with us", says Jo van den Hanenberg, Corporate Vice President and CIO of DSM.

Atos Origin considers the agreement an important step for a long-term relationship with DSM. Atos Origin CEO Wilbert Kieboom states, "This deal represents a valuable addition allowing us to further strengthen our market position in the Netherlands and the world. DSM is a leading company on the international market. After Philips, KPN, Akzo Nobel and Shell, DSM is the next company to choose Atos Origin as its IT partner. The agreement once again rewards and boosts our extensive expertise in the Process Industry & Life Sciences sector in which DSM is active and in which we already cooperate with prominent clients such as Akzo Nobel, Shell and ICI".

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 EUR 3 billion, operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and has over 26,000 employees. Atos Origin's clients include ABN-Amro, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, KPN , Lucent, Philips, Renault, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Unilever and Vivendi Universal and Wolters Kluwer.

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