“Atos Origin completes successful IT systems transfer at Karstadt Warenhaus”

Stuttgart, May 9th, 2005

Atos Origin transfers approximately 70 applications and systems from Karstadt Warenhaus AG to Karstadt Kompakt GmbH & Co. KG in just three months Atos Origin, a leading international IT services company, has completed the IT systems transfer for Karstadt Warenhaus AG in just 12 weeks. After taking over parts of KarstadtQuelle's IT division in October 2004, Atos Origin took over responsibility for redirecting the IT systems for Karstadt Kompakt GmbH & Co. KG's 77 branches. Approximately 70 IT applications and systems – from HR applications right up to the IT infrastructure – were successfully configured and transferred to Karstadt Kompakt on January 1, 2005.

As part of its strategic reorientation, Karstadt Warenhaus AG is setting up two new business units: The first incorporates the 89 large department stores and Karstadt Sport shops that represent the future core business of Karstadt Warenhaus AG. The second group is made up of the 77 smaller stores with sales space of less than 8,000 m². These stores have been hived off to form Karstadt Kompakt GmbH & Co. KG as part of a strategic project. The existing centralised IT systems for both groups of stores ran under the single umbrella of Karstadt Warenhaus AG up to the end of 2004. The systems had to be running separately for the newly-founded Karstadt Kompakt GmbH & Co. KG by the beginning of 2005.

Following its takeover of parts of KarstadtQuelle AG's Itellium IT division in October 2004, Atos Origin was responsible for the overall coordination and successful implementation of the reconfigured IT systems for Karstadt Kompakt GmbH & Co. KG. In collaboration with external partners and Karstadt Warenhaus AG, approximately 70 applications and systems were partially outsourced and adapted to meet new requirements in nine areas for the key date of January 1, 2005. These areas included finance, HR, logistics, branch applications, CRM/data warehousing, central applications, IT infrastructure and release management.

By mid November, the project team of 150 people led by Atos Origin had already started to (re)program the applications and carry out functional testing. The applications concerned are individual software packages as well as SAP applications running on central mainframe and on Windows and UNIX platforms. Following the change of the fiscal year, all Karstadt Kompakt stores were able to start trading under the new company name when the doors opened for business on January 3, 2005.

Gerhard Fercho, Managing Director of Atos Origin in Germany, expressed his great satisfaction at how the project was run: “In Atos Origin, Karstadt Kompakt had an experienced IT service provider on its side. We coordinated this comprehensive project in a professional manner. In spite of the tight deadline and the enormous scope of the various reorganisations, the entire team worked together extremely well to ensure the start on schedule.”

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.

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