“Atos Origin optimizes Belgacom’s invoice management process”

Zaventem – December 9, 2004

Today 100% of Belgacom's invoices are processed electronically

Atos Origin, a leading international information technology services provider, announced today the completion of its project to improve the invoice process for Belgacom, the leading Belgian telecom operator. The supplier invoicing management process of Belgacom has been successfully optimized and now processes all invoices electronically.

At the end of 2002, Belgacom decided to evaluate its Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), finding that fewer than 50 percent of the company's invoices were in electronic format, requiring 150,000 paper invoices to be processed manually each year.

Belgacom put its contract out to tender at the end of 2003 and appointed the Atos Origin team. The company won the contract thanks to its experience of over 20 years in the telecommunications sector and the capacity and skills to provide proven end-to-end solutions. Its customer base covers all major telecom operators in Europe such as France Telecom, KPN, Vodafone and Telecom Italia, and its annual revenue in the telecom industry is close to 1 billion Euro.

Atos Origin has been in charge of the analysis of Belgacom's strategic needs, the technical and functional implementation of the solution and its integration to SAP systems. Atos Origin decided to integrate the solution Itesoft.Freemind for Invoices from the French provider ITESOFT.

André Martens, Account Payable Process Manager at Belgacom explains "Thanks to Atos Origin's integrated solution, we will be able to increase our productivity and security, and to re-assign staff that previously worked on the manual input of these invoices to other roles with increased added value.”

The main advantage of this solution is that we are able to rely on a centralized controlled process, ensuring complete traceability of our suppliers' invoices, in both the solution and SAP. It's a real data acceptance tool, collecting, centralizing and reporting all invoices. We also benefit from an in-depth control feature of the management process that offers real-time verification of the complete invoice process. Our audit capacity has been strengthened enormously.", André Martens added.

Henri Van Engelen, Managing Director of Atos Origin Belux concludes: "We are very pleased that Belgacom has selected the experience and expertise of Atos Origin in terms of IT services. Our role consists in analysing Belgacom's needs following the implementation of ITESOFT's solution, in providing the technical and functional conception of the solution, and installing, implementing and integrating this solution in SAP. Every day, we are faced with the accomplishments of ITESOFT and Belgacom's teams, that help us reach our goals through an expert and open collaboration".

The implementation of the new invoicing managing solution started in March 2004. The productive roll-out started early August 2004 along with extensive functional testing and the project has been successfully completed.

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.

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Atos Origin
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