“Atos Origin to implement document and business process management systems in planning and urban design services for Birmingham City Council”

London, 27th September 2004

Atos Origin, a leading IT services company, today announced that it has been awarded a contract by Birmingham City Council, the largest city council in Europe with approximately 50,000 employees, to implement software systems and provide consultancy services that will allow Planning and Urban Design to deliver faster and more efficient services to the citizens of Birmingham.

The new system will help improve the internal Planning and Urban Design processes by providing Council staff and trusted partners with fast, easy electronic access to all necessary documents at the appropriate time in the process. For Planning, this system will also facilitate citizens in viewing certain documents on line, such as plans and drawings for planning applications. For Urban Design, the system will improve the collaborative working with partners on projects such as the construction, extension and refurbishment of educational and leisure facilities.

"Atos Origin demonstrated to the Council its ability to deliver this system to meet all of the key requirements for Planning and Urban Design within the funding available. Its proposed implementation of the Documentum system was selected following an exhaustive and rigorous bidding and negotiations process,” said Les Timms of Birmingham City Council.

This implementation will potentially serve as the pilot for possible future phases of Document and Business Process Management roll out across other Council services and directorates. The system will allow the Council to deliver better quality services cost effectively through transformed business processes whilst contributing to Government targets for electronic government and on line access to services.

Under the contract Atos Origin will provide business process consulting, systems integration and support services to implement Documentum, a document management solution.

“This is an important contract for Atos Origin, strengthening our position in the local government sector. We are excited to be working as part of a dynamic project team in the Council alongside representatives from Planning, Urban Design as well as directorate and corporate IT services,” said Derek Ward, head of public sector, Atos Origin. “Improving business processes such as the ones for planning applications and urban design projects, increases efficiencies for the Council while delivering a better service to citizens.”


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 3000 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.

For more information, please contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Tel: +44 20 7830 4233