“Total Outsourcing : Ernst & Young Awards New Contract to Atos Origin”

Paris, November 25, 2003

Ernst & Young has awarded a new five-year total outsourcing contract to Atos Origin, which has been providing outsourcing services for the audit firm's desktop assets and applications since 1995.

Atos Origin will deliver the following services:

  • Operation and applications maintenance for the management information system, which comprise Ernst & Young's PeopleSoft internal management applications (accounting, finance, human resources, billing and client management), as well as applications to track consultant activities and manage their expense accounts.
  • Desktop assets outsourcing, including management of leased equipment (renewed every three years), user support delivered from a shared help desk, and dedicated local support.

The services are intended for 5,600 Ernst & Young users based at 17 locations in France.

Atos Origin was selected because of:

  • Its ability to deliver quality service to users for whom desktop systems are critical to the performance of their jobs.
  • The experience its teams have gained through years of collaboration with Ernst & Young, providing them with thorough functional knowledge of the information system and the firm's business practices.

As a result, Ernst & Young can focus on its core activities and concentrate fully on serving its clients.

About Ernst & Young
With a staff of 5,600 in France and expertise delivered from 17 office locations, Ernst & Young offers clients high-caliber know-how, proven technology and industry experience in its audit, law and corporate finance activities. The organization shares its global vision through a network covering 134 countries and develops solutions to meet the strategic requirements of businesses faced with complex and changing global economic conditions.

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.

On September 22nd, 2003, Atos Origin announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the IT services activities of SchlumbergerSema from Schlumberger. The agreement, which is expected to be completed no later than January 2004, will create one of the leading global IT services companies, with combined annual revenues in excess of Eur 5 billion.

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