“Colas Picks Atos Origin as ASP Provider for New, Web-Based Cash Management Platform”

Paris, May 10 2005

The platform runs Kyriba and DataLog Finance software solutions Colas, a world leader in the construction and maintenance of infrastructure for transportation, urban development and leisure facilities, has retained Atos Origin to assist it in deploying a new cash management and banking data interchange architecture. The new web-based cash management platform marketed, built and run by Atos Origin as an application service provider is supported by the Kyriba cash management solution and by DataLog Finance for banking data management.
The new cash management platform will replace Colas' current decentralized applications. Implementation of web-based technologies will enable the Group's forty-five cash managers based at the head office and in twenty regional subgroups across metropolitan France to access all of the platform's features via an Internet browser.

Seamless access to a single application backed by a unified database
will facilitate the synchronization, coordination and reliability of Colas' consolidated cash positions. Presently, they are obtained by extracting files from the cash management system, installed locally in the regional sub-groups, and then transferring them to the head office.

The new platform will enable:

  • All the users to share a single database, managed and administered by the Central Cash Management Office.
  • Automatic distribution of banking data across the organization, to all the accountants and other employees who need it.

Credits and debits will be fed to the platform daily from the one thousand Colas bank accounts and will be ERP-interfaced in both directions. Some 6,000 transactions will be processed every day.

Claude Mégevet, Deputy Financial Officer of Colas, noted that “setting up this platform is part of our strategy of aligning all our cash managers and accountants around the same tools and procedures, while still letting our local subsidiaries manage their cash as they see fit. In a later phase, the platform will be deployed to our subsidiaries outside France as well.”

By running the platform in ASP mode, Atos Origin will free Colas from having to manage hardware and software installation, maintenance, supervision and back-up operations. That's because the platform's build and run contract comprises a service level agreement covering such areas as performance, high availability, critical-time continuity of service by means of redundant infrastructure located at two physically separate sites, data security, back-up procedures and procedures for updating through new functional and technical releases.

As the cash management platform is already up and running, it can be quickly deployed across the Colas organization. Atos Origin and Kyriba have already installed the infrastructure and software, and the platform is already being used by automaker PSA Peugeot Citroën.

About Colas
Backed by a workforce of 56,400 people and 1,200 autonomous profit centers located in 40 countries on all five continents, Colas is the world leader in construction and maintenance of infrastructure for transport, urban development and recreational facilities. In 2004, the Group completed 94,000 projects and posted consolidated economic revenue at 8.2 billion euros.

Roads account for more than 80% of the Group's total business activity, including the construction and maintenance of roads, highways, runways, ports, industrial platforms, logistics facilities, city streets, parking lots, reserved lane public transport networks, bike paths, sports facilities, automobile racing circuits, retention ponds, recreational facilities, etc.

Colas also works in activities that are upstream from construction. Thanks to its tight international network of industrial sites (535 quarries and gravel pits, 165 emulsion plants, 607 asphalt mixing plants), the Group is involved in the production and recycling of construction materials (aggregates, emulsions, binders, asphalt concrete) which are used on its own projects or sold to third parties.

In 2004, the Colas Group produced 96.2 million tons of aggregates (with 2.2 billion in reserve stock), 1.4 million tons of emulsion and 52.6 million tons of asphalt concrete.

Colas also operates in other road related activities, which enables the Group to offer a full range of products and services to all its customers – both public and private:

  • Manufacturing and installation of signs, signals, traffic management and safety equipment
  • Manufacturing and application of waterproofing products, siding, roofing
  • Installation of pipes to transport fluids
  • Construction and refurbishment of buildings
  • Construction and maintenance of railway networks (trains, tramways)
  • Services and concessions

Colas paves the way, serving people, freedom, better living and economic development. Colas is listed at the Paris Stock Exchange on the continuous A market (code ISIN FR 0000121634).
Web site: www.colas.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 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.

For further information, contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com