“Atos Origin Participates in a European Project to Create Synergies between Automotive Organizations by using Dynamic Workflows”

Barcelona, March 10, 2004

CrossWork Project has a Budget of 2.8 Million euro and it is co Financed by the European Commission.

A consortium including nine organizations (research centers, universities, automotive companies and systems integrators), including IT services leader Atos Origin, has started to develop CROSSWORK (Cross-Organisational Workflow Formation and Enactment) project. The aim of this project is the development of automated mechanisms to allow dynamic workflow formation and enactment, enabling hard collaboration and strong synergies between different automotive organizations.

This project, with a budget near to three million euro, is developed under the auspices of the European Commission within the IST and VI Framework programs. Atos Origin develops part of the software, and is the responsible of software validation and Commercial Exploitation of the project.

CROSSWORK project is focused on distributed, cross-organisational development processes in the automotive industry. Achieving sustainable growth and improving competitiveness in increasingly complex and dynamic market environments requires tools to build agile partnerships and alliances. Market demands can only be satisfied within dynamic networks of collaborating organisations. True collaboration inside such networks requires tight but flexible integration of business processes.

This will result in less effort for development, maintenance and adaptation of enterprise models. To facilitate automated share and exchange of information across organizational boundaries, ontology will be developed also.

CROSSWORK consortium is a well-balanced group including research centers, universities, automotive companies and systems integrators. Nine organizations joining consortium are: Atos Origin (Spain, systems integration); University of Manchester - Institute of Science and Technology (United Kingdom); Profactor Produktionsforschungs GMBH (Austria, research center); Technology Universiteit Eindhoven (The Netherlands); Växjö Universitet (Sweden); Communications Engineering Kepler University Linz (Austria); Exodus SA (Greece, software development); Intier Automotive Ebyl Interiors GMBH (Germany, automotive), and OÖ. Technologie und Marketinggesellschaft m.b.H. (Austria, automotive)

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 47,000 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, BP, Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ICI, ING, KPN, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Telecom Italia, UBS, UK Department for Work & 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 KPMG Consulting and Atos Odyssée.

Press Contacts
Antonio Ferreiro - Tel: +34 91 214 89 15 - antonio.ferreiro@atosorigin.com
Anne-Marie Capilla - Tel: 33 1 55 91 26 62 - anne-marie.capilla@atosorigin.com