“Partnership, Technical Electronic Document Management, Content Management. A unique partnership to supply a technical EDM business process solution for production facilities”

Paris – December 21, 2004

Artesys, Atos Origin and EMC Documentum have signed an international partnership contract to supply the Opidis Technical Electronic Document Management (EDM) suite to companies in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, automotive and energy industries.

These three top-tier information technology companies with recognized expertise in Technical EDM are joining forces to offer an end-to-end, industrialized solution to optimize industrial processes, tailored to the specific challenges of manufacturers. Scalable and innovative, the solution ensures the sustainability and reuse of legacy technologies, enhances safety and environmental protection, provides full event traceability and tracks follow-up actions.

A dedicated response to the specific challenges of manufacturers
Document management is a critical process on every production and operating site, whether high risk or not. The focus is clearly on safety and improving risk management, by ensuring that documents comply with national standards and European Union directives, while optimizing regulatory inspections.

Aware that Technical EDM is a critical component of unit operation and maintenance, manufacturers are steadily broadening its functional scope to include end-of-project document processing, traceability, revisions, reliability and ease of access to relevant information.

Opidis, an end-to-end industrial solution
Opidis manages the entire document production base, providing management, archiving and fast, simple access to data through a GUI and hypertext links, for example based on P&ID. Tailored to each manufacturer's business processes, Opidis can be used to create a consistent, configurable base of technical data and documents (drawings, diagrams, operating procedures, etc.) for each industrial unit.

Deployed by Atos Origin and developed and distributed by Artesys, Opidis leverages EMC's Documentum enterprise content management platform.

The solution encompasses the construction, commissioning, inspection, maintenance, shutdown and safety phases in order, ensuring:

  • Creation of the base and implementation of all the data.
  • Definition of startup sequences.
  • Gradual, seamless transfer from construction to operations.
  • System flexibility and responsiveness when new regulations are introduced.
  • Supervision of operations, such as maintenance and shutdown.
  • Delivery of a high-quality, secure system.

Opidis' benefits can easily be quantified in terms of the time saved in managing and searching for information, the guarantee of using applicable documents for maintenance operations, and the reduction in costs in the short, medium and long term thanks to the rationalization of interaction between the CAMM/TDMS system and the Opidis/ECM content management system.

“Opidis is the first French solution to earn Design for Documentum certification, which guarantees seamless use of our J2EE WDK object development interface, with its Business Objects Framework environment, for optimum use of the Documentum content management platform's functions, scalability and performance,” says Pierre Bernassau, Senior Marketing Director, EMC Documentum. “This innovative, open solution will meet our industrial customers' business process needs for content management.”

“Leveraging ten years of feedback on deploying Technical Document Management solutions at mainly process sites, ARTESYS International's objective was to provide manufacturers with a business process application on the cutting edge of technology,” says Daniel Coquelin, Chairman and CEO of ARTESYS International. “This partnership enables ARTESYS to offer an innovative, scalable application, supported by careful international deployment for its own use in the United States and the Middle East in early 2005.”

“Our customers are facing new challenges in terms of return on investment and their businesses,” comments Antonio Mérida, Content Management Solution Manager at Atos Origin. “What the integrator does is translate customer needs into tangible results. Opidis is indicative of this new direction for Atos Origin, whereby we optimize our customers' investments and deliver high business process value added. With manufacturers no longer seeking dedicated solutions, Opidis—through the partnership with Artesys and EMC Documentum—has successfully combined the right technology, a business process solution and efficient deployment,”

Background
In September 2003, Artesys International decided to upgrade the Gedeon application. After ten years of use by a large number of industrial plants, it was time to develop a technical foundation based on new standard technologies. Gedeon was renamed Opidis, Artesys' flagship offering based on the Documentum enterprise content management platform.
For its part, Atos Origin has been investing in hypertext navigation technologies since 1999, using XML technologies. In late 2001, the InDoN@ (Intelligent Document Navigation) solution was proposed as a framework interfaced with the Documentum product, giving Atos Origin a competitive edge in major projects to integrate Technical EDM solutions. Atos Origin capitalized on its expertise in using graphic technologies such as SVG to consolidate its proficiency in its program to deploy the Opidis solution.
In partnership with Atos Origin for deployment of the solution certified by EMC Documentum, Opidis is supported by ANVAR, the French Agency for Innovation, as part of its initiatives to promote technological innovation.
In October 2004, Opidis was officially launched at Momentum Montreal, the annual Documentum users' conference, and earned “Designed for Documentum” certification under the Documentum Application logo program.

About ARTESYS International
ARTESYS INTERNATIONAL is a fast-growing company based in Rennes, Pau and Montpellier that specializes in the optimization of industrial processes via the management of technical documents and data. Its solutions are currently in use in the refining, chemicals, oil exploration and production, energy, pharmaceuticals, defense and publishing sectors in France, Europe, Africa, Central America and Asia.
TOTAL, BP, SONATRACH, EDF, SANOFI AVENTIS and the DGA are its leading commercial references. ARTESYS INTERNATIONAL, via ISIS Développement, counts the Institut Français du Pétrole among its shareholders. www.artesys.com
Media contact:
Estelle Duslou - + 33 (0) 2 99 27 60 00 - estelle.duslou@artesys.com

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology 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 operates under the trade names Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
Media contact:
Anne de Beaumont - + 33 (0)1 55 91 24 15 - anne.debeaumont@atosorigin.com

About EMC Documentum
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in products, services and solutions for information storage and management that help organizations extract the maximum value from their information, at the lowest total cost, across every point in the information lifecycle. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.
EMC Documentum, integrated unit of EMC Software, delivers Documentum Enterprise Content Management Solutions. For further information regarding Documentum products and services, please visit www.documentum.com
Media contact:
EMC DOCUMENTUM RUMEUR PUBLIQUE

Valérie Besseau
Tel.: 01.46.95.89.33
Fax : 01.46.95.89.88
E-mail: Besseau_Valerie@emc.com

Salima Aït Méziane
Tel.: 01.55.74.52.23
E-mail: salima@rp-net.com