“Atos Origin Signs 6-Year, Total Outsourcing Contract with Groupe Canal+”

Paris, October 23, 2003

Groupe Canal+ has chosen Atos Origin as technological partner to manage its information system.

As a part of a project to refocus on its core business, Groupe Canal+ was looking for a single partner capable of operating its information systems department and maintaining its SAP Finance applications.

The Group chose Atos Origin, whose long experience and extensive outsourcing skills have made it an industry leader. Under the terms of the contract, 38 Groupe Canal+ employees were hired by Atos Origin, effective October 1.

The contract covers:

  • Operations management, including the provision, hosting and operation of mainframes and distributed systems (280 servers).
  • Management of 3,600 PCs and user support services as part of a new desktop system that Atos Origin will install.
  • Maintenance of SAP applications (Finance, Financial Accounting and Control).

"The organization and methods introduced by Atos Origin to manage our system will enable us to cut costs by pooling standard tasks and to optimize quality by allocating specialized resources tailored to our needs," commented Benoît Chéreau, Executive Vice President, Technology and Information Systems for Groupe Canal+. "In addition, Atos Origin's time-tested expertise ensures the long-term security of our system."

"Our approach involves several stages to enable Groupe Canal+ to gradually improve its information system management processes and transform its fixed costs into variable costs," added Francis Delacourt, Executive Vice President of Atos Origin Outsourcing.

About Groupe Canal+
Groupe Canal+ is France's leading provider of pay-TV services, with nearly eight million subscriptions to its Canal+ premium channel and its television distribution platforms via satellite (Canalsatellite) and cable (Numéricâble). Groupe Canal+ also produces theme channels that are broadcast in France and other European countries and, through StudioCanal, is a major producer of French and European movies.

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, trading as Atos KPMG Consulting. The company generates annual revenues of EUR 3 billion and employs 28,000 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.

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