“Atos Origin concludes IT outsourcing agreement with Premiere”
Stuttgart/Munich, 23 August 2005
Premiere transfers its information technology to Atos Origin as of 1 September 2005 / Atos Origin strengthens its positioning in outsourcing and in media industry / Premiere completes strategic withdrawal of information technology area Atos Origin, a leading international Information Technology services provider, announced today the conclusion of a ten-year IT outsourcing contract exceeding €100 million revenues with Premiere, the leading pay TV operator in Germany and Austria with approximately 3.3 million subscriber households. As of September 1st, 2005, Premiere is transferring its information technology to Atos Origin. Over 100 Premiere IT staff at the important media locations of Hamburg and Munich will join the Atos Origin teams.
Under the agreement, Atos Origin assumes IT functions which are not part of Premiere television company core activities. These cover desktop and server management, operation and development of back office applications and company-specific software, and also the management of IT support for all PC workstations at Premiere in Germany and Austria.
“Premiere core competences are exclusive television and innovative marketing, not information technology. Here we want to deploy experienced and competent partners. For outsourcing operating IT, with its innovative solutions and services, Atos Origin best meets our requirements and needs for information technology", commented Michael Börnicke, Premiere CFO on the decision to transfer IT to Atos Origin. With this agreement, Atos Origin will become the Group's strategic IT partner.
Following Atos Origin's recent outsourcing successes with KarstadtQuelle/Itellium, e-Plus and Deutsche BP, the IT services provider is once again demonstrating its competences in this area. “With the success of the long-term partner agreement, we are very pleased to demonstrate and consolidate our competences as a competent IT partner, particularly for the media industry,” stated Gerhard Fercho, Managing Director Germany and Chief Operation Officer Atos Origin Region Germany Central Europe.
KarstadtQuelle, the department store and mail order group, and e-Plus, the leading European mobile telephony provider, previously transferred the management of their IT applications for customer relationship management to Atos Origin; the company is now assuming the IT responsibility of this core IT activity for Premiere. “This covers not only the administration of over 3.3 million subscriber households, but also their settlement. With this step, Premiere is showing its great confidence in Atos Origin,” declared Gerhard Fercho.
For Premiere, Atos Origin local presence was a significant factor in the decision process of an IT outsourcing partner. Atos Origin counts experts at Premiere locations – both in Munich and Hamburg. Another decisive criterion for Premiere was the fact that with numerous outsourcing successes, Atos Origin shows excellent Human Resources competences for the rapid integration and professional management of the transferred staff. And finally, Atos Origin can look back on extensive experience in creating a common corporate culture.
Premiere is the leading pay TV operator in Germany and Austria. Today, some 9 million viewers in around 3.3 million subscriber households are tuned in to enjoy Germany´s finest television. Premiere has a business concept that is both simple and convincing. It provides experiences that conventional television can't offer. In a TV environment promoting more and more of the same thing, Premiere's focus is consistently on exclusive programming. Premiere subscribers are the first to see all German Bundesliga goals live. Premiere subscribers are the first to view movie highlights on TV. Premiere subscribers are the first to use technical innovations for a more convenient and attractive television experience.
Premiere offers subscribers 27 TV channels, a sport portal with up to 15 sports channels and 21 digital audio programs giving them unbeatable variety and exclusivity plus the benefit of the best digital audiovisual quality, with TV premieres of 300 movies each year, 4,800 hours of live sport and 19 theme channels for every taste. Convenience and innovation are key features of the Premiere offering. On PREMIERE DIREKT, viewers can order movies whenever they wish, twenty-four hours a day. Conference link-ups during football broadcasts and optional camera angles during Formula One races make the most of the advanced facilities offered by digital television. Under the independent "BLUE MOVIE" brand, Premiere provides full-scale adult entertainment as a telemedia service that can be accessed on-demand via your TV screen.
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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