“BNP PARIBAS and Atos Origin Strengthen Partnership in Remote Terminal Management”

Paris - May 29, 2002

Atos Origin has been providing remote terminal management services for part of the central IT systems of BNP and Paribas for more than 10 years. When BNP and Paribas merged, BNP PARIBAS selected Atos Origin following a call for bids to supply these services for the former Paribas systems previously managed by the bank and by outside contractors.

The contract, which covered a wide variety of technologies including Unix, NT, AS/400, HP 3000 and mainframes, was completed in four months with partial transfer of personnel, while maintaining or enhancing the level of service. Today, Atos Origin is managing a capacity of 7,000 MIPS, 3,500 servers, 51,000 connected terminals and 20 million transactions a day.

In a second phase, when BNP PARIBAS reorganized its data processing operations to focus on its core businesses, Atos Origin provided support by adapting its own project management processes to these new principles. The teams involved now include shared technical project managers for each platform and specialist application project managers for each business.

The approach used allows application project managers to shift their interest from IT technology to banking activities, thus enhancing the bank's quality of customer service. Atos Origin's commitments in this environment are specified in service agreements and Quality Assurance Plans, in compliance with requirements of the ISO 9001: 2000 standard, to which BNP PARIBAS and Atos Origin are certified.

Remote terminal management operations for the data processing centers are handled through a joint venture formed by BNP PARIBAS and Atos Origin. They are part of the range of specialist outsourcing services offered by Atos Origin.

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, of which almost 8.000 work in the Netherlands. Atos Origin's clients include ABN-Amro, Alstom, Akzo Nobel, BNP PARIBAS, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, KPN, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Wolters Kluwer.

Press Contact:
Anne de Beaumont
+ 33 (1) 49 00 96 42
anne.debeaumont@atosorigin.com

About BNP PARIBAS
BNP PARIBAS is a global European-based banking and financial services group that has a presence in more than 85 countries worldwide, and in all the major financial centres. BNP PARIBAS has leading positions in retail banking, corporate and investment banking, asset management, private banking, insurance and securities services. Well established in Europe, with 19 million clients, the french bank has a key position in Asia and in North America.

www.bnpparibas.com

Press Contact:
Carine LAURU
01 40 14 65 16
carine.lauru@bnpparibas.com