“Atos Consulting enters into strategic technology partnership with powersteering”

Boston, Mass. & London, UK – December 13, 2004

Leading International IT Services Provider to Base New Six Sigma Practice on PowerSteering Technology Atos Consulting, the global consulting practice of Atos Origin, and PowerSteering, the only provider of solutions for measuring and managing strategic enterprise programs, today announced a strategic technology partnership. Under the terms of the partnership, Atos Consulting will roll out a new Six Sigma practice based on the architecture of the PowerSteering Suite of Solutions.

Atos Consulting and PowerSteering have a long-standing joint marketing relationship, sharing major customers including Diageo, the UK Ministry of Defence and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. “As our customers extend process improvement systems, such as Six Sigma, across the enterprise, scalable programs for measuring and managing these initiatives become increasingly important,” said Bernard Brown, Head of consulting for UK, Americas and Asia Pacific, Atos Consulting. “We selected PowerSteering as our strategic technology partner for our new Six Sigma practice based on the completeness of its solution. We expect that PowerSteering's advanced project management capabilities will help us accelerate deployments and improve our customers' profitability.

PowerSteering is a software and services provider that enables Fortune 1000 companies to effectively manage enterprise-level strategic initiatives and improve the alignment of front-line projects to promote innovation. These initiatives can include Six Sigma projects, regulatory compliance, merger and acquisition activities and new product development. The PowerSteering Software Suite is the only suite of solutions designed to give decision makers control over all elements of a strategic program, enabling them to track and improve financial outcome of a corporate-wide program. The company has proven industry-specific domain experience to deliver solutions across a broad spectrum of markets.

Our agreement with Atos Consulting is an important validation and endorsement of our technology and our strategic approach to the market,” said PowerSteering President and CEO David Boghossian. “Additionally, Atos Consulting's distribution of our solutions as a component within its Six Sigma practice will add to our growing customer base.

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 45,000 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, Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ING, KPN, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank, Telecom Italia, UK Department for Work and Pensions, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Vodafone.

Atos Consulting is a leading provider of business, process and technology consulting services. With more than 2500 staff globally, it focuses on delivering proven, pragmatic solutions to the telecom, manufacturing, financial services and public sectors.

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

About PowerSteering
PowerSteering Software, Inc. has dramatically improved the way businesses drive, manage, and track critical corporate innovation and growth initiatives. Using PowerSteering, corporate executives responsible for delivering results from corporate initiatives such as mergers and acquisitions, strategic sourcing, Sarbanes-Oxley and Six Sigma are able to easily review all projects in real-time and act on project status to ensure timely completion. PowerSteering is the only software that enables executives to tie financial savings directly to project outcomes and drive improvement in key performance metrics quickly, effectively and in real-time. The company leverages its deep experience in enterprise class quality and process improvement software to bring the speed, focus, and discipline of Six Sigma to enterprise program management.

The PowerSteering suite is currently being used to manage more than $15 billion in target savings, supporting over 35,000 active users and nearly 100,000 projects. Global clients include Alpharma, Diageo, EMC, General Electric, Pitney Bowes, Raytheon, Textron and Tyco. For more information, visit PowerSteering at www.powersteeringsoftware.com.

For more information contact:
Caroline Crouch
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com