“Atos Origin becomes first Dutch ‘Special Expertise Partner’ for SAP NetWeaver”

Utrecht, 14 December 2004

SAP Netherlands has awarded Atos Origin, the leading international IT services company, the first Dutch SAP NetWeaver Special Expertise Partnership status. Atos Origin complies to the high standards required for partnership status with SAP Netherlands, including: proven expertise and experience of its staff and the successful completion of SAP NetWeaver implementations for its customers. The partnership confirms the Dutch market leadership of Atos Origin in supplying SAP NetWeaver-based products and services.

The integration and applications platform, SAP NetWeaver, enhances the effectiveness of existing IT systems allowing access to business-critical information through various accessibility systems such as web portals and providing connectivity within organisations. It also allows selected third parties, such as suppliers, partners and customers, to access corporate information and systems. This means they benefit from a flexible platform which allows them to: reduce costs, focus on their core activities, and anticipate and respond to market developments quickly.

Atos Origin has been a SAP Global Services Partner worldwide for many years. It is part of SAP's Global NetWeaver Partner Initiative, and has successfully implemented a large number of SAP applications. The SAP NetWeaver Special Expertise Partnership is further evidence of the high quality standards Atos Origin offers its customers. In the Netherlands around 80 consultants are trained and certified on the SAP NetWeaver platform and nine projects have been successfully completed. A good example is Intervet - an Akzo Nobel business unit - which was one of the first companies to implement various SAP NetWeaver components (including SAP XI) successfully.

High quality criteria
In the Netherlands Atos Origin employs around 400 SAP professionals with expertise and experience in implementing solutions related to the SAP NetWeaver platform.

Arnold Winkelman, Enterprise Solutions Director at Atos Origin states: “Atos Origin guarantees its customers a borderless, consistent service, and is the first IT services provider in the Netherlands that meets the high quality criteria requested by SAP. Our customers will benefit from the added-value offered by the partnership. SAP sends the signal that Atos Origin is a respected and experienced partner, and that we are capable of offering customers the best possibly quality of service. This partnership underlines the innovative character of our collaboration with SAP.”

Lisethe van der Doelen, Director Marketing & Alliances at SAP Netherlands concludes: “Atos Origin has been awarded this partnership as it has shown its commitment to SAP NetWeaver and the benefits it brings to customers. Atos Origin meets the standards set by us for the partnership, but exceeds expectations in adding value to customers. A good example is the creation of the SAP NetWeaver Expertise Group, a platform that offers Atos Origin's customers, amongst other things, the facility to exchange information and experiences relating to SAP NetWeaver. “

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 and Atos Consulting.

About SAP
SAP is the world's leading provider of business software solutions*. Today, more than 24,450 customers in over 120 countries run more than 84,000 installations of SAP® software -- from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small and midsize businesses to enterprise-scale suite solutions for global organizations. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver™ platform to drive innovation and enable business change, mySAP™ Business Suite solutions are helping enterprises around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. SAP industry solutions support the unique business processes of more than 25 industry segments, including high tech, retail, public sector and financial services. With subsidiaries in more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol “SAP.” (Additional information at www.sap.com/netherlands)
(*) SAP defines business software solutions as consisting of enterprise resource planning and related software solutions such as supply chain management, customer relationship management, product lifecycle management and supplier relationship management.

For more information, please contact:

Atos Origin
Jacqueline Terpstra
telephone: (030) 299 5006
e-mail: jacqueline.terpstra@atosorigin.com

SAP Nederland B.V.
Renée de Bruin
telephone: (073) 645 7816
e-mail: renee.de.bruin@sap.com