“Purchasing Card: Four large French banks have chosen Atos Origin to overhaul their purchasing platform”

Paris, November 3rd 2004

Following the dissolution of GIE Service Purchasing, four large banks, former members of that grouping, have entrusted Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company, with overhauling and running their Purchasing Card ebanking platform. The platform uses the group's card management software Worldline Pay - IOcard, as well as its Worldline Invoice e-billing offering. Atos Worldline thus provides the means to guarantee substantial deployment of this service, which enables purchasers -companies and local authorities / governments – and suppliers to arrange non-strategic purchases in the best possible way.

The administrative cost of processing an order is practically fixed, not only for the purchaser but also for the supplier, whatever the price of the order. This makes the Purchasing Card particularly suitable for purchases of small amounts. Also known as the Corporate Purchasing Card, it has been used for more than 10 years in the United States and Britain as the easiest and most inexpensive way of optimising the purchasing/accounting/payment chain. In France, after completion of a pilot stage, the system offering is now in widespread use and is being promoted particularly amongst public authorities.

The Atos Worldline Purchasing card platform is a complete, evolving and transparent system that has a common central core where each bank can customise the following:

  • their operating parameters,
  • their different transfers, for their own needs and for purchasers and suppliers.

Interconnected to the market acceptance systems and e-banking clearance channels, the platform provides all acquirer and issuer processes (benchmark management, card issuing, authorisation processing and issues of transfers, etc).

This turnkey solution allows the following enhanced functions to be included:

  • web interface for banks and their customers,
  • changing from a non-technological card to a bank card,
  • use of bank networks,
  • special features for public authorities,
  • e-billing,
  • administrative back office.

Due to Atos Origin's know-how and the size of its platform, it provides a modern, long-lasting solution that evolves functionally and technically. Atos Origin can thus help large banks handle the sharp growth in Purchasing Card that they will need to deal with in years to come.


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

Atos Worldline is an Atos Origin company : a leading European provider in IT-related Business Process Outsourcing, dedicated to services and solutions covering the whole process of payment and information flows. With 2,500 staff in France, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom, Atos Worldline generated an annual revenue of around €400 millions in 2003, through 3 core activities : Payment and Card Processing services - CRM services - and Multi Channel Contact (Internet and Voice services). www.atosworldline.com

Press Contact :
Emilie Moreau
Tel : +33 (0)1 55 91 24 74
Email : emilie.moreau@atosorigin.com