“Atos Origin introduces the integrated “Next Generation Desktop (NGDT)” concept to Germany”

Stuttgart, Germany - September 29, 2004

On October 6, Atos Origin, Intel and Microsoft will jointly host an event on the topic of “Next Generation Desktop: the Solution for Operation and Innovation in the Desktop and Notebook Area”. The objectives of this integrated solution developed together with Intel and Microsoft are to significantly reduce development and support costs, to improve the service level, and to always offer up-to-date software and user-friendly services.

On 6 October, 2004 Atos Origin, one of the leading international IT services provider, together with Microsoft, international market leader for software, IT services and Internet applications and Intel, the largest chip maker are presenting the integral solution, Next Generation Desktop (NGDT) for the first time to the German market at the joint event “Next Generation Desktop - the Solution for Operation and Innovation in the Desktop and Notebook Area “, which will take place in the Dorint Hotel in Frankfurt / Sulzbach.

Innovation within Operation
The Next Generation Desktop integral solution (NGDT) offered by Atos Origin consists of services for migration, operation and innovation. NGDT contains all services for the use of the desktop infrastructure of PCs, notebooks, printers, PDAs as well as access to operational applications. The implementation of the NGDT solution also ensures that those potentially necessary migrations to new software versions as well as the cyclical exchange of hardware can be carried out without incurring further costs. Furthermore NGDT includes all services guaranteed by the comprehensive Service Level Agreement for a fixed monthly price which depends on individual requirements of the customer. This guarantees that users will have a significant reduction in direct desktop costs, an improvement in the service level and a high level of user-satisfaction, which in turn contributes to improve customer's business efficiency.

Remove 'n Replace
The system concept underlying the NGDT solution was developed in close collaboration with Microsoft and Intel. This means it can be worked on quickly even in the event of a workstation failure. For example in case of a PC failure, it is replaced by a device which is kept in reserve and automatically provided with the same software configuration and user data. For this purpose, copies of the locally saved user data are automatically placed on the server. This keeps the need for on-site support to a minimum: “Remove ´n Replace“.

Aside from an easy to reach Service Centre, NGDT provides numerous operation and support functions via a secure access eProvisioning/self-service system. This system enables the customer to register or deregister users, change rights, add, delete or re-release passwords for flexible applications for individual users or whole organisation units and also for task-oriented groups, without requiring an IT expert. The customer's organisation itself provides the relevant authorization, thus avoiding laborious and costly duplication of work as well as long turnaround times.

The basic equipment of the Next Generation Desktop terminal currently consists of Windows XP, Microsoft Office System 2003 incl. e-mail and a number of service programmes including virus protection. Within the framework of the initial project, Atos Origin is offering to upgrade customer's tools if necessary, at the start of the contract term and at a fixed price. Within the mass factory-structured company organisation the operating and support processes are implemented in line with ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library).

The first official event “Next Generation Desktop - the Solution for Operation and Innovation in the Desktop and Notebook Area“ introducing NGDT to Germany will take place on October 6, 2004 in the Dorint Hotel in Frankfurt / Sulzbach.

Further information on the event, agenda and the registration form for free participation are available on the Atos Origin website under www.atosorigin.de/events

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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 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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