“Atos Origin Named Global Microsoft Certified Business Solutions Partner”

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — May 13, 2003

Microsoft Business Solutions Builds on Already Strong Relationship With Atos Origin
To Offer Customers Technology and Service That Spans Countries and Continents

Atos Origin was today named a Global Microsoft® Certified Business Solutions partner on Microsoft Business Solutions-Axapta®, an integrated business application that offers growing medium-sized businesses enhanced manufacturing, distribution and financial capabilities. This extended relationship with Atos Origin, which is already a gold-certified Microsoft partner, will make regional and global implementations based on Microsoft Business Solutions-Axapta more effective.


Atos Origin has a proven track record for implementations in the midmarket and enterprise spaces. Atos Origin offers consulting, systems integration and managed operations services to businesses in financial services, CPG/retail, discrete manufacturing, process industries, telecommunications, utilities and media. The company's client roster also includes organizations in the public sector.


Atos Origin's ability to execute on a global basis embodies the new approach Microsoft Business Solutions is taking toward building partnerships. Atos Origin currently has 28,000 employees in 30 countries with a global reach encompassing all continents.


With Atos Origin being certified to license several Microsoft products, larger mid-size companies and subsidiaries of larger enterprises will be able to implement technology solutions across countries and continents without having to coordinate efforts with more than one business partner. With its strong knowledge of enterprise lifecycle management, Atos Origin has solid expertise in designing, implementing and managing enterprise applications. Atos Origin's motto - "Design, Build, Operate" - is actualized in the company's track record for taking ownership of the entire client engagement rather than dividing it among multiple business partners.


"As the nature of conducting business becomes increasingly global, visionary and innovative organizations like Atos Origin are playing an even more strategic and significant role as we carry out our mission to offer customers interconnected solutions that help them improve the way they manage their business," said René Stockner, director of EMEA sales with Microsoft Business Solutions. "Atos Origin's strong reputation for enterprise lifecycle management has been built on an understanding of the challenges customers face and a passion for addressing them. Our partnership with the company will be an enormous asset for our customers."


Wilbert Kieboom, member of Atos Origin Management Board, points out that the new partnership will further substantiate the leadership role that clients expect from Atos Origin as their business and IT integrator. "With Microsoft Business Solutions we will be even more effective supporting our customers' business priorities, streamlining their information system landscape and controlling their Total Cost of Ownership. Joining the collective expertise and experience of both companies is definitely of great value for our customers. I am confident that with Microsoft Business Solutions we will turn our clients' vision into results."


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 online 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.


About Microsoft Business Solutions
Microsoft Business Solutions, a business group of Microsoft, offers a wide range of integrated, end-to-end business applications and services designed to help small, midmarket and corporate businesses become more connected with customers, employees, partners and suppliers. Microsoft Business Solutions' applications optimize strategic business processes across financial management, analytics, human resources management, project management, customer relationship management, field service management, supply chain management, e-commerce, manufacturing and retail management. The applications are designed to provide insight to help customers achieve business success.

More information about Microsoft Business Solutions can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/businesssolutions/


About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device.



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For more information, press only:

Waggener Edstrom for Microsoft Business Solutions, +44 20 7269 4770, mbsemea@wagged.com
Anne Bove-Nielsen, Public Relations Manager Europe, Microsoft Business Solutions, abovenie@microsoft.com
Marie-Tatiana Collombert, Atos Origin, +33 (0) 1 49 00 96 33,