“Atos Origin, Compaq and Intel Join Forces to Set Up an e-Business Solutions Laboratory”

Paris - April 18, 2002

Atos Origin, Compaq and Intel announced today the creation of a collaborative platform known as the e-Business Solutions Labs (eBSL). The new platform is part of a shared competency center dedicated to e-business solutions.

Based in Atos Origin's offices at La Défense near Paris, the eBSL will evaluate, test and demonstrate sustainable, competitive e-Business solutions that meet the performance, scalability and fast setup expectations of each partner's major clients.

Equipped with Intel processors, the eBSL collaborative platform will be used to specify, demonstrate and build architecture, infrastructure administration and scaling solutions in high availability, systems consolidation and migration support services environments. In this way, by sharing knowledge and implementing projects based on technological standards for such criteria as scaling and replicability, Atos Origin and its partners will be able to considerably shorten time-to-market for these solutions and demonstrate their value added and technological expertise.

Compaq and Intel are providing Atos Origin with the hardware, resources and technical data required to develop and validate e-Business solutions running on Compaq ProLiant servers with Intel Xeon processors, in particular the solutions based on Microsoft.Net. Intel and Atos Origin have been working together since June 2001, when Intel launched its e-Business Solutions Labs program, which Atos Origin joined because of its experience in implementing sustainable, profitable solutions for architectures using Intel processors.

The collaboration of Atos Origin, Compaq and Intel involves exchanges in the areas of technology, sales and marketing. In particular, the partners can consult the tools associated with the eBSL, such as white papers, technical literature and application case studies.

"This new competency center will help us to significantly shorten time-to-market. Intel is pleased to contribute to this technological laboratory," commented John Woodget, Head of Intel Architecture Group Marketing, Intel EMEA.

"Compaq has been working closely for several years with market majors such as Atos Origin and Intel on initiatives like the Lab. As a result, we've been able to offer substantial benefits for our customers using the ProLiant hardware platform," said Thierry Perou, Country CSI and Global Services Sales Manager, Compaq France.

Yves Décrion, Head of E-Business for Atos Origin's Systems Integration Division, said : "Atos Origin has always invested substantially in new technologies and offered large clients the best innovations through continuously achieved benchmarks. This partnership fits in with that strategy and aims to provide the tools needed to select the best solution for each client's Information System."

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

About Intel Corporation
Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.

About Compaq
Founded in 1982, Compaq Computer Corporation is a leading global provider of information technology products, services and solutions for enterprise customers. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures and markets information technology equipment, software, services and solutions, including industry-leading enterprise storage and computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, communication products, personal desktop and notebook computers, and personal entertainment and Internet access devices that are sold in more than 200 countries directly and through a network of authorized Compaq marketing partners. Information on Compaq and its products and services is available at www.compaq.com.

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Press Contacts:

Atos Origin
Anne de Beaumont
Tel: + 33 (0)1 49 00 96 42

Intel Corporation
Julie Lasne
01 46 94 71 01

Compaq France
Nathalie Touzain
01 41 33 40 50