“Total Outsourcing for Pacage Atos Origin Wins Repeat Contract for Agricultural Aid Management”

Paris, France - March 24, 2003

Following an initial three-year contract, the French Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Affairs has awarded Atos Origin another contract of the same duration to manage Pacage, an integrated system for managing direct aid to farmers.

Pacage currently manages the distribution of €8 billion a year in European Union aid. It is used by more than 2,500 people in 96 Regional Agriculture and Forest Departments in France and its overseas territories.

The Pacage System

Designed to manage and allocate aid to animal and crop farmers, the Pacage system features an object-oriented architecture using IHM Powerbuilder, Corba Orbix services and Sybase databases installed on approximately 100 servers of the Regional Agriculture and Forest Departments, and on servers of the Ministry of Agriculture. It encompasses information concerning all cultivated land parcels recorded in the parcel register, and information from the national identification database concerning cattle raised in France.

Services by Atos Origin

Atos Origin is providing the Ministry with prime contracting and applications maintenance services for the Pacage system, as well as system operation, user support and hardware management. The Atos Origin project team currently includes more than 50 people working on a full-time basis to provide:

  • Project management.
  • Corrective and upgrade maintenance for applications.
  • Multi-location deployment of software versions.
  • Remote administration and operation of 108 servers.
  • Management of hardware upgrades at 96 locations.
  • User support.

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 3.2 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, BP, 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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