“SER Solutions, Inc. and Atos Origin Announce e-Finance Strategic Alliance”

Dulles, Virginia, and London, U.K. - February 17, 2003

Alliance Delivers First Customer Implementation of
Intelligent Data Capture and Document Management Solution

SER Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of knowledge-enabled software solutions, and the consulting division of Atos Origin, the international information technology provider, today announced an e-finance strategic alliance to deliver an intelligent data capture and document management solution to Global 2000 companies.

This partnership combines Atos Origin's business process expertise with SER's comprehensive suite of products to help businesses streamline their accounts payable functions and eliminate inefficiencies.

Solectron Corporation, the leading provider of electronics manufacturing and supply-chain management services, is one of the first companies to implement the Atos Origin/SER intelligent data capture and document solution in its shared service centre in Amsterdam. By automating their financial functions, Solectron has significantly increased productivity and reduced their operational costs. Using SER products, Solectron is automatically:

Analysing both structured and unstructured documents, sorting them based on the actual document content-without the need to rely on form or layout:

  • Routing invoices to the correct department for processing
  • Extracting key data elements for use by downstream business applications such as an ERP system
  • Electronically archiving documents for immediate access

Additionally, the solution handles multi-lingual documents, a necessity for companies consolidating geographically dispersed business operations into one 'shared service' entity.

"SER's technology is truly intelligent in its ability to "read"," commented Keith Rowling, a managing director at Atos Origin's consulting division. "Our partnership with SER has allowed us to build very robust business cases, which make a compelling proposition for CFOs."

"The e-Finance solution from SER and Atos Origin offers businesses looking to increase productivity in their finance function a fast pay-back with low risk," added Rowling. "Within six months of implementing this solution, a company receiving more than 100,000 invoices per year can, on average, increase productivity from 8,000 to more than 30,000 invoices per annum per clerk; that's 375%."

"SER's software is unmatched in the market," said Carl E. Mergele, CEO, SER Solutions, Inc. "Our alliance with world-class business and technology consultants Atos Origin will enable us to deliver enhanced business performance through the use of all our products."

The e-Finance solution includes:

  • SERdistiller™ - an intelligent data capture and collection solution, that classifies and extracts key data from both structured and unstructured documents

  • SERsynergy™ - an integrated document management and archive solution that manages access to and retrieval of critical business information
  • SERprocess™ - a comprehensive workflow solution that connects and manages all business processes from one centralized system

For more information on the Solectron customer implementation and a demonstration of the Atos Origin/SER e-finance solution in the U.K., please contact: Brian O'Regan at: efinance@atoskpmgconsulting.co.uk

About SER Solutions, Inc.
SER Solutions, Inc., headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, is leading the world into The Knowledge Age. The company's core learning technology, SERbrainware™, analyses, understands, and responds to information with human-like intelligence, empowering people and businesses with the knowledge required to make fast and informed decisions. This unique, invented technology forms the foundation for SER's award-winning knowledge-enabled software suite, including SERdistiller™, SERsynergy™, SERglobalBrain™, SERiMail™, SER's Call Processing System™ (CPS), eDM™ and SERprocess™. Over 3,000 organisations worldwide use SER's software to maximise workplace productivity, improve business efficiency, and enhance customer service. Additional information on SER Solutions, Inc. is available at: www.ser.com

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, which now trade as Atos KPMG Consulting. The company generates annual revenues of EUR 3.3 billion and employs 30,000 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.

About Solectron Corporation
Solectron (www.solectron.com) provides a full range of global manufacturing and supply-chain management services to the world's premier high-tech electronics companies. Solectron's offerings include new-product design and introduction services, materials management, high-tech product manufacturing, and product warranty and end-of-life support. Solectron, based in Milpitas, Calif., is the first two-time winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.


For further information please contact:

Anna Van Lier
Manager, Public Relations
SER Solutions, Inc.
+1.703.948.5643
anna.vanlier@ser.com

Kate Richardson
Firefly Communications for Atos KPMG Consulting U.K.
+44 (0) 73861411
kate.richardson@fireflycomms.com