“”Lesechos.fr” Chooses Atos Origin and Datox To Create and Deploy New Website Content Management Tool”

Paris - October 14, 2002

Lesechos.fr, the French business newspaper Les Echos website, selected Atos Origin and Datox to build and run "Les Echos Publishing", a new end-to-end content management tool. Deployment of the new system reflects the site's commitment to leveraging the value of its parent company's news and information base.

Lesechos.fr, France's foremost business and financial news site, has implemented “Les Echos Publishing”, a new content management tool jointly developed over a period of two years by Atos Origin and Datox, a French content management provider.

“Les Echos Publishing” manages all of the news organization's documents, ensuring a continuous flow of online content for the electronic versions, along with regularly updated news from the print side. The flexible, easy-to-use interface enables journalists to post the latest information within minutes across the entire range of distribution channels (Internet, WAP, Minitel, IVR, PDA, SMS, interactive TV, voice servers and corporate intranets).

Enterprise-scale content management

“Les Echos Publishing” is an all-in-one content management tool that uses common standards and layouts to make it easier for electronic journalists to create articles, sidebars, links, graphics and other online content.

In addition, it facilitates cross-navigation by systematically linking articles and related information elsewhere on the news site. For example, an article on a given company will automatically provide a link to titles of recent articles about the firm as well as its competitors, and access to all Les Echos articles on the company since January 1991, its last three balance sheets, biographical data on senior officers, etc.

Lastly, the system is enabling the online daily to achieve cost efficiencies, optimize distribution of online information, personalize offers and derive greater value from news and information via the sale of content to partners (corporate Intranets, content aggregators and media sites).

We first began designing the Les Echos publishing project in 2000,” says Philippe Jannet, Director of Electronic Publishing at Les Echos. “We asked Datox, which had already developed the publishing system for the print version, and Atos Origin, which has long hosted our electronic applications, to help us build and run the new solution. Now, two years later, Atos Origin and Datox have developed a technically cost-effective solution that fully satisfies our business needs.

Thanks to the deployment of the new system, a new, more efficient version of the www.lesechos.fr site was unveiled last May. Easier to navigate, the new site offers faster page display and has a new section for accessing information directly by company name. In September 2002, the site had 2.2 million visitors who browsed a total of 14 million pages (Source: Cybermétrie).

Services provided by Atos Origin

Atos Origin's role:

  • Provided upstream support, with consulting and needs definition services.
  • As lead contractor, coordinated the overall project.
  • Designed and developed "Les Echos Publishing", the content management tool.
  • Developed and now operates services across all platforms (Internet, WAP, Minitel, IVR, PDA, SMS, interactive TV, voice servers and corporate Intranets).
  • Indexed data in XML format to provide uniform information across all platforms.
  • Designed and now operates services hosted on its multimedia platform

Technical platform:

  • XML data indexing
  • Data Type Dictionary (DTD) enabling extensive data indexing.
  • XSL style sheets for presenting documents in the proper format for each channel.
  • Atos Origin Publishing solution, based on a Java platform with EJB components.
  • Web hosting on a shared server.

About Lesechos.fr
Launched in September 1996, Lesechos.fr is France's foremost business and financial website. It provides all-day coverage of French and international business, financial and investor news.
Lesechos.fr offers three types of content and services. Les Echos' electronic news team of 20 journalists provides continuous hourly updates on business and financial news as it happens, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. BoursEchos allows web users to access investor information through real-time or delayed tracking of prices on the Paris Euronext market, including stocks traded in the deferred settlement system, on the first and second markets, the new market and over the counter. Data is also available on foreign exchanges. Users can check indices, the gold and commodity markets, currency prices, and the top performers, as well as read a regularly updated analysis of the trading day. Lastly, the site offers a broad array of professional tools and services, from databases (balance sheets and by-laws of French companies compiled by Coface SCRL) to Who's Who biographies of 20,000 French executives and patent filings by company, segment or region. Lesechos.fr is also accessible across the entire range of communication channels-fax, Minitel, cell phone, interactive voice response, WAP, PDA (Palm, Visor, Pocket PC) and interactive television (TPS and TAK).

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services provider. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations, including outsourcing and on-line services. In August 2002, Atos Origin acquired KPMG Consulting in the UK and The Netherlands, which now trade as Atos KPMG Consulting. The company generates annual revenues in excess of EUR 3.5 billion and employs 30,000 staff in 30 countries. The Group's client list includes major companies such as ABN-Amro, Akzo-Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, British Petroleum, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, ING, KPN, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Shell, UBS-Warburg, Unilever, Vivendi Universal, Vodafone and Wolters Kluwer.

Atos Origin Press Contact:
Anne de Beaumont
Tel: + 33 (0)1 49 00 96 42
Email: anne.debeaumont@atosorigin.com

Lesechos.fr Press Contact :
Sonia Khatchadourian
+33 (0)1 49 53 65 47