“Atos Origin launches new outsourcing offer to help companies migrate from HP 3000 to Unix or NT environments”

Paris - March 5, 2002

Hewlett Packard has announced that it will stop marketing HP 3000 servers on October 31, 2003 and discontinue support for the product line on December 31, 2006. In response, Atos Origin has developed a new offer to help companies migrate their HP 3000-based information systems to a Unix or NT environment by implementing a gradual, structured and sustainable outsourcing strategy.

Companies have leveraged the performance and recognized dependability of the HP 3000's proprietary MPE operating system to develop customized business applications that meet their specific needs. To help these organizations resolve migration problems and protect their investment, Atos Origin offers an outsourcing solution to manage all or part of their legacy MPE-based information systems so that applications can be seamlessly integrated into a new open system running in a Unix or NT environment. The new offer will be premiered today at the French Hewlett Packard User Group (UTIGROUP) Forum.

Atos Origin's value proposition is based on the exacting management and maintenance of legacy information systems, the use of multiyear contracts to guarantee sustained support, and the clear definition and organization of commitments and the outsourcing relationship, including strategy, project management and technical expertise. Its offer also includes comprehensive contracting supported by a gradual, proven solution for migrating from Hewlett Packard MPE-based systems to Unix or NT environments, as well as a methodology for determining operating and service costs based on work units using integrated simulation software.

"This new offer highlights our shared commitment to continue developing a strong partnership with Atos Origin by proposing solutions and services that give our customers exactly what they need. It provides customers with a firm guarantee of continuity and scalability for information systems using our HP 3000 environments," said Frédéric Dussard, Chairman and CEO of Hewlett Packard France, who is currently serving as President.

"The new range of services is managed by the specialized HP 3000 expertise center that Atos Origin opened four years ago, with operations at both the national and international level," commented Francis Delacourt, President of Atos Origin's Outsourcing business. "It is also backed by strong partnerships with major IT manufacturers and leading ERP and PGI software publishers so we can offer customers the best solutions for their needs."

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, Vivendi Universal and Wolters Kluwer.

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