“Atos Origin and Dutch publisher Sanoma Uitgevers B.V. sign outsourcing contract for IT platform”

Amsterdam, 14 July 2004

IT services provider Atos Origin and Sanoma Uitgevers B.V. signed an agreement to outsource the management and development of the magazine publisher's Infrastructure Technology Center (IT platform) on 12 July 2004. The contract runs for five years and both parties aim for higher quality, as well as continuity and flexibility. Cost reductions and the opportunity to respond faster to future developments are also important elements in the new construction.

Atos Origin takes over the entire ‘Infrastructure Technology Center' Department. This take-over includes: 2,500 desktops, 150 servers, LAN, Datacenter, Telecom and project activities. 27 employees will transfer to Atos Origin, bringing specific media know-how to its organisation. Atos Origin will manage the IT infrastructure using well-known Atos Origin Solutions such as Next Generation Desktop, Next Generation Application Management, Helpdesk, Twin Datacenter setup and Utility Based Computing.

Peter ‘t Jong, COO at Atos Origin says: “Sanoma Uitgevers B.V. is a dynamic company in a sector that has considerably evolved over the last few years. This contract will give us the opportunity to use our know-how and experience in the IT field in order to manage and optimise the company's IT-infrastructure. Furthermore, this outsourcing contract will enhance Atos Origin's activities in the media sector.”

Jessica Haagmans, COO at Sanoma Uitgevers B.V says.: “In the past years, Atos Origin has proven to be a committed and professional partner. High quality of services is a priority at Sanoma Uitgevers and we expect that this outsourcing contract will improve our service levels considerably . We also intend to realise significant cost reductions with this outsourcing contract.”


About Sanoma Uitgevers B.V.
Since 2001, Sanoma Uitgevers is part of Sanoma Magazines, the magazine division of the Finnish media group Sanoma WSOY. This division ranks 5th on the list of Europe 's major magazine publishers.

With over 60 general-interest magazines and linked extensions, sites and events, Sanoma Uitgevers in Hoofddorp is the largest multimedia infotainment publisher in the Netherlands. In 2003, the turnover amounted to 482.2 million Euros with an operating result of 105.1 million Euros. Some 1,300 people work in the various editorial offices and support departments.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology (IT) services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs 47,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and its clients include ABN AMRO, Akzo Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, BP, Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ICI, ING, KPN, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Telecom Italia, UBS, UK Department for Work and Pensions, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Vodafone.

Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Euronext Premier Marché and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline, Atos KPMG Consulting and Atos Odyssée.

For more information, please contact:

Sanoma Uitgevers B.V.:
Koos de Boer, Corporate Communicatie,
telefoon +31 (0)6 5345 89 69

Atos Origin:
Jacqueline Terpstra
Tel: +31 (0) 30 299 5006

Jose de Vries
Tel: + 33 (0) 1 55 91 24 53