“Atos Origin Wins Two Gold Awards at the MCA Awards for Best Management Practice”

London, 6 April 2005

For Work with Transport Direct and the Defence Logistics Organisation

Atos Origin today announced that its global consulting practice, Atos Consulting, was the winner of two gold awards at the prestigious Management Consultancies Association (MCA) Awards held in London on Monday 4th April. Atos Consulting was the only company to win two gold awards: the Electronic Trading award for its work with Transport Direct and the Human Resources award for its work with the Defence Logistics Organisation.

“Winning these two gold awards demonstrates the success of the newly formed Atos Consulting and highlights how we work with our clients to deliver measurable benefits and improvements in performance,” said Bernard Brown, senior vice president, Atos Consulting. “The awards recognise the commitment and dedication of the Atos Consulting teams and how, through close collaboration with our clients, we can achieve great results.”

Gold Award for work with Transport Direct

Atos Consulting led a consortium to create the Transport Direct travel portal in less than 12 months. A world first, Transport Direct provides travellers with accurate and up-to-date information for an entire journey, whatever their mode of transport.

“Transport Direct is a very complex project involving data from many sources,” said Nick Illsley, chief executive of Transport Direct.

“Atos Consulting met the tight timescales and delivered a solution that is flexible and can grow with the service.”

The first version of the portal was delivered on time and to budget and the target to achieve a million visits to the site within the first year look like being exceeded.

Atos Consulting assembled a consortium whose membership combined commercial and technical know-how with an understanding of the transport industry. Atos Consulting took responsibility for designing the multi-channel portal for public access, managing the integration of technologies, co-ordinating agreements for operators to provide access to the data and services such as ticket purchasing and operating the portal infrastructure and support services.

Gold Award for work with Defence Logistics Organisation

The DLO selected Atos Consulting to devise a training and skills transfer programme to help it reform its procurement processes, so that it could achieve the government targets of saving 20% of its spend while at the same time improving logistics support to the frontline in Iraq and elsewhere.

So far, £214 million savings have been identified for the four years to March 2007, against a target of £146 million.

“The Procurement Reform programme, whilst still at an early stage of implementation, has been a great success,” said Mark Pedlingham, director general logistics (Procurement), DLO. “The teams who have passed through the programme have developed the skills to deliver real improvement in procurement performance and have begun to implement strategies which have already enabled us to exceed our savings targets.”

Mark continued, “This is the start of a programme which will build a sustainable procurement capability and bring about significant culture change across the Defence Logistics Organisation. We are already in discussion with the Office of Government Commerce about sharing procurement instruments and to offer our experience to support procurement change across wider Government.”

The scale and pace of the procurement reform programme required training of 1,000 staff in new processes, across a wide mixture of experience, expertise and grades. Another 4,500 personnel have needed education about procurement reform itself.

For many DLO staff, the process of reform has been uncomfortable. To address these concerns, Atos Consulting organised training modules and follow-up meetings, as well as adopting the more innovative tactic of commissioning an artist to illustrate metaphors for the change. The artist created ‘rich pictures' that, as part of a facilitated session, visually convey core messages from the programme, which help staff to open up and discuss whatever issues and questions they needed to resolve with their team.

The Management Consultancies Association, which represents the leading UK-based consulting firms, launched the MCA Awards for Best Management Practice in 1996 to highlight the contribution that consulting firms make to the economy and to society. Each entry is rigorously evaluated against a set of criteria and the winners in each category demonstrate the very best in analysis, thinking and co-operative working between consultancies and their clients. The awards are run in association with Management Today, Britain's leading monthly business magazine.

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 over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors . Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

Atos Consulting is a leading provider of business, process and technology consulting services. With more than 2,500 staff globally, it focuses on delivering proven, pragmatic solutions to the telecom, manufacturing, financial services and public sectors.

About the Management Consultancies Association
The MCA was formed in 1956 to represent the consultancy industry to its clients, the media and government. Management consultancy is an increasingly important industry for the UK economy with revenues for 2004 estimated at just over £10.1bn, contributing over £1bn to the UK balance of payments. MCA members represent around 65% of the UK consulting sector, employ almost 40,000 consultants and work with the FTSE 100 and all government departments.

As well as setting and maintaining standards in the industry, the MCA supports its member firms with a range of services including events, publications, interest groups and public relations. The Association also works with its members to attract the top talent into the industry. The MCA provides advice on the selection and use of management consultants and is the main source of data on the UK market.

For further information, please contact:
Caroline Crouch
Tel: +44 20 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com