“GlobalSantaFe selects Atos Origin to achieve worldwide business process and system standardization”

HOUSTON, TEXAS – May 11, 2004

Atos Origin, a leading international information technology services provider, today announced they have been selected by GlobalSantaFe, a leading worldwide contract drilling services company, to integrate their business processes and systems in a global Financial and Supply Chain initiative called Project Gemini. The goal of Project Gemini is to address business process redundancies and systems obsolescence issues arising from the 2001 merger of Global Marine, Inc. with Santa Fe International Corporation, and to provide new savings and efficiencies across the enterprise with an integrated business platform.

To meet their operational requirements, GlobalSantaFe evaluated the leading ERP vendors and integrators, assessing their ability to provide an end-to-end solution. Of the ERP systems evaluated, SAP demonstrated a solution to enable the GlobalSantaFe supply-chain vision and at the same time meet the financial system requirements in a single integrated and standard platform. Project Gemini expands a long-standing relationship with Atos Origin providing a new level of IT support as GlobalSantaFe deploys SAP worldwide.

“We had some concerns about tackling the traditional ERP ‘big bang' approach in our company, both from a cost and resource perspective and from a field operations perspective,” stated John Truschinger, vice president and CIO, GlobalSantaFe. “Atos Origin alleviated our concerns by devising a phased, fixed-price approach, allowing us to realize our benefits sooner at lower cost, with less risk and fewer resources than anticipated.”

Project Gemini is scheduled for a three-year phased implementation. This approach optimizes resource allocation and represents project efficiency gains over industry standard project implementation. The multiple phases are directed at financial systems, supply chain, and international rollouts and deliver benefit as each phase is achieved.

“SAP uniquely addresses the strategic goals of GlobalSantaFe with an integrated standard platform and application framework that enables world-class functionality, addressing today's needs for supply chain and financial accounting while positioning them to take advantage of NetWeaver and composite applications,” stated Michael Schulze, vice president, SAP America, Inc. “Utilizing their deep SAP expertise and knowledge of both GlobalSantaFe and the oil and gas industry, Atos Origin was instrumental in developing a project plan that enabled the GlobalSantaFe system vision to become a practical reality.”

“GlobalSantaFe is a progressive company in the oil service sector, and we are pleased to be a part of extending their industry-leading approach to providing contract drilling services worldwide,” said Paul Stewart, chief executive officer for Atos Origin in the Americas. “Our role is to ensure that overall project objectives are met through effective management of schedule, risk and costs, and supporting the GlobalSantaFe transition to initial operations of SAP worldwide.”

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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 $6 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, 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.

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