“Atos Origin Signs A Pan-European Outsourcing Contract with Rhodia”
Paris – November 24, 2004
Atos Origin announces the signing of a five-year outsourcing contract with Rhodia covering the chemical company's entire European information system infrastructure. The goal of the agreement between the two partners — both of them global players — is to rationalize Rhodia's information processes and upgrade its infrastructure.
Under the agreement, Atos Origin will provide operations management for all the servers, workstations and networks at Rhodia's 100 sites in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Management of the 11,000 workstations involves the installation of a centralized pan-European help desk. Atos Origin will also take over Rhodia's Application Data Center, which includes more than 500 servers, as well as the management and administration of all SAP applications (roughly 3,000 users) in the Rhodia Core System. Approximately 70 Rhodia employees will transfer to Atos Origin as part of the agreement.
“With this contract, we expect to make server and workstation management more flexible. We believe that the industrialization of processes as a key element for the optimization of our spending in terms of infrastructure management and this was an important aspect of Atos Origin's offer” said Xavier Rambaud, head of Information Systems at Rhodia. “We're going to build on Atos Origin's experience to enhance our competitiveness.”
The contract calls for all of the Rhodia services to be coordinated worldwide. “We're especially pleased with this agreement since it fits perfectly with our ongoing strategy of signing global outsourcing contracts.” said Francis Delacourt, Executive Vice President Outsourcing, Atos Origin. “In addition, it strengthens our positioning in the chemicals industry.”
Rhodia is a global specialty chemicals company recognized for its strong technology positions in applications chemistry, specialty materials & services and fine chemicals. Partnering with major players in the automotive, electronics, fibers, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, consumer care, tires and paints & coatings markets, Rhodia offers tailor-made solutions combining original molecules and technologies to respond to customers' needs. Rhodia subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development communicating its commitments and performance openly with stakeholders. Rhodia generated net sales of €5.4 billion in 2003 and employs 23,000 people worldwide. Rhodia is listed on the Paris and New York stock exchanges. More information available at : www.rhodia.com.
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 has annual revenues of more than €5 billion and 45,000 employees in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the global IT services partner to the Olympic Games. 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 and Atos Consulting.
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