“CERTIAM-CNEDI chooses Atos Origin to provide J2EE support and auditing services”

Paris – October 27, 2004

CERTIAM-CNEDI, which develops and manages IT infrastructure for the CAF family assistance fund in southern France, has chosen Atos Origin to provide the CAF with J2EE support and auditing services.

As part of a program to revamp the façade of the Family Services Division's IT system into a corporate portal based on an n-tier J2EE architecture, CERTIAM-CNEDI felt it needed additional support services and an audit of the current state of J2EE technologies. In this way, the Information Systems Department hoped to facilitate the integration of its IS applications and their deployment on the organization's 15,000 workstations. The goal was also to upgrade existing development methods to object-oriented technologies by replacing current software development tools.

Certified J2EE auditing services
The contract, which includes purchase orders extending over three years, will involve a team of ten engineers, including seven senior Atos Origin J2EE consultants with extensive skills in providing clients with technological support.

The contract got underway in early August with a general project audit, covering the entire revamping program and representing 12 technical and functional sub-projects and 500,000 lines of code. Depending on the results of this first phase, the team will conduct other specific audits of varying complexity, which may require the deployment of a prototype, followed by code quality audits for the entire project.

Atos Origin is in charge of supplying a full set of development and writing rules, as well as a method for monitoring their application, and of proposing general areas for optimization and areas for improvement by sub-project. These recommendations will enable CERTIAM to effectively manage the quality of standard code production and to reduce project execution times by shortening certification periods.

To enable a quick return on investment, Atos Origin has deployed a solution based on a rigorous methodological framework (ISO 9126 and ISO 15504 standards and GQM methodology) supported by appropriate off-the-shelf software (Compuware's CARS Code and SynSpace's SpiCE 1-2-1) for assessing software quality, technical choices and production processes, thereby validating the appropriateness of the areas for study.

Reasons for choosing Atos Origin
With its ability to find the right experts, thanks to its New Technology Competence Center, and its extensive experience in France's public welfare sector, Atos Origin was the clear choice as the primary partner for the audit. Atos Origin also adds value through its ability to deploy a solid approach, supported by efficient tools, and to work with Improve, a subcontractor specializing in J2EE architectures and frameworks, to finalize architecture specifications.

“Thanks to the specialized expertise of the Atos Origin teams and their thorough understanding of our needs, we'll have a new-generation corporate portal equipped with the latest technologies and offering the user-friendliness people expect at their workstations,” said Pierre Bourgeot, head of CERTIAM-CNEDI in Sophia Antipolis. “Atos Origin will provide invaluable assistance in helping us to define and install methods and processes for integrating and deploying our IT system's new and existing applications.”

Based in Sophia Antipolis, CERTIAM is one of eight regional information-processing centers for the CAF family assistance fund of the Family Services Division of France's Social Security system. CERTIAM-CNEDI is one of seven national design and development centers for deploying tools and applications for the different CAF agencies. It is responsible for the architectural design of applications, their related development processes and the infrastructure resources required to manage their execution.


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 €5 billion and it employs 45,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the global IT services partner to the Olympic Games.

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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