“Atos Origin Selected by BANSEFI to Help Address Federal Government Directed Initiatives in Mexico”
MEXICO CITY, May 12th 2005
Atos Origin Data Center to Help Improve BANSEFI Clients' Access to Financial Services and Enable the Bank to Broaden Services Atos Origin, a leading international information technology (IT) services provider, today announced they have been selected by Banco del Ahorro Nacional y Servicios Financieros (BANSEFI), a large savings institution in Mexico, to provide application and data hosting services in support of a project sponsored by the Mexican Government and the World Bank to strengthen Mexico's savings and credit institutions, including those in marginal areas, and to improve access to financial services for the poor. The contract value is greater than $13 million over three years.
BANSEFI with its 560 branches is committed to the success of the program called “The Network of the People” (La Red de la Gente), also sponsored by the Mexican Government and the World Bank. Already underway, this project is creating efficiencies for distributing governmental programs to the Savings and Popular Credit Sector, directed to alleviate poverty and to generate development opportunities for low-income citizens. An important element of the BANSEFI participation is that BANSEFI provides secure financial products and services to the low-income population and contributes to the integral money-management skills of these clients.
Comprehensively, this project has the potential to touch the lives of more than 20 million of Mexican nationals, including those working in foreign countries to support their families back home in Mexico. BANSEFI is diligently promoting the benefits of the program such as interest rates, flexible terms and helping educate the Mexican public on the discipline of financial savings. Relying on information technology support from Atos Origin, BANSEFI is able to offer the advantages of immediate availability to accounts and funds via a web interface, information secured and highly available from a World Class Data Center.
“The three-year contract with Atos Origin goes beyond databases and available servers” stated Javier Gavito, General Director of BANSEFI. “It's about providing the right support to our financial services, it's about delivering an infrastructure that allows us to deepen and broaden our services, and it's about information in real-time that improves our operations to benefit our clients.”
“We will measure our success according to BANSEFI's ability to comply with the transformational goals of the Federal program as demonstrated through an ever increasing number of new savings accounts and the greater fiscal efficiencies of Mexico-based businesses,” stated Paul Stewart, chief executive officer and executive vice president of the Americas, Atos Origin. “Information Technology will help facilitate the World Bank's vision. Working with BANSEFI, our goal is to enable an increase in their services and provide access to transactions and account information by more people – when they want it, where they need it.”
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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