“Atos Origin appointed first service provider certified for webMethods Integration Platform”

Paris/Amsterdam - 26 May 2004

Atos Origin, a leading international information technology (IT) services company, today announced that it is the first company in the world to have been certified by webMethods for the implementation and management of webMethods' Integration Platform. Atos Origin will ensure that the management of infrastructure integration complies with the high standards defined by webMethods. As a result clients can be confident that the quality and continuity of their corporate processes will not be impacted during integration and operation.

Atos Origin's certification will be audited annually by webMethods and both companies are planning to expand their collaboration at the highest levels.

Commenting on the certification, Hans van Heffen, Business Integration Services Manager at Atos Origin says: “Atos Origin's certification will allow us to offer a market leading joint solution to clients with integration requirements, ranging from the construction of the service-oriented infrastructure of webMethods to it's operational management. Organisations can now benefit from, and rely on, the closely related and continuously available combined expertise of webMethods and Atos Origin.”

For webMethods' alliance manager, Mario Remmers, the certification of Atos Origin is very positive for joint customers such as DSM. “Our partners at Atos Origin are trained to ensure they offer the same quality of service as webMethods. They are familiar with all the support procedures of webMethods and know exactly how to handle all aspects of integration and on-going operations. The certification of Atos Origin guarantees the reliable operation of critical corporate processes once the management of the webMethods Integration Platform has been outsourced.”

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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 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 KPMG Consulting and Atos Odyssée.

About webMethods, Inc.
webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM) is the industry's first Web services infrastructure company. webMethods' innovative integration, Web services, portal and analytic solutions enable more than 1000 enterprise customers worldwide to run, measure and optimize their business. webMethods is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia in the United States and has offices throughout the U.S., Asia Pacific, Japan and Europe, among which Amsterdam.

For more information, please contact:

Atos Origin webMethods
Jose de Vries
Tel : +33 (0)1 46 00 44 67
Email: jose.devries@atosorigin.com

Tel: + 31 (020) 778 36 00
Jolanda Prins
Email: jolanda.prins@webmethods.com