“Atos Origin Delivers www.citroen.com French Carmaker’s New Corporate Website”

Paris, 5 September 2005

Atos Origin, one of the world's leading providers of information technology services, announced that it has successfully delivered the citroen.com corporate website for one of the two global marques of PSA Peugeot Citroën, Europe's second largest carmaker.

Citroën asked Atos Origin to revamp its site in order to create a new showcase for the marque and to offer Internet visitors a wide array of information about its model lineup, technologies, concept cars and corporate history. The revamp also involved the reuse of legacy data.

The solution, which was innovative in its choice of tools, was based on new Microsoft technologies. Specifically, the architecture uses Content Manager Server 2002, which makes it simple and easy to update and post online content. The search engine is Convera's RetrievalWareâ knowledge discovery platform, to support user-friendly site navigation. All of the new architecture is seamlessly integrated into Citroën's pooled Internet infrastructure.

The site was delivered in two phases, corresponding to key dates for Citroën. The first version was very quickly brought online for the Paris Auto Show in September 2004, while the second, which added a fuller set of content management features, has been up and running since the Geneva Auto Show last March.

“Thanks to the dedication of the Atos Origin teams and their understanding of our needs,” noted Gérald Ponce, manager of Citroën's Corporate Brand Communication and Consumer Affairs department, “we now have a next-generation corporate site, supported by the latest technology and offering the flexible operation we need. What's more, the deadlines were non-negotiable, because the site had to be ready in time for the Paris Auto Show, a major event in our industry.”

“Thanks to this exciting new site,” emphasized Eric Boustouller, General Manager, Microsoft France and Vice President, Microsoft EMEA, “Citroën can now more effectively showcase its products. Once again, Atos Origin has demonstrated its capabilities in Microsoft content management technologies.”

About Citroën
Founded by André Citroën in 1919, Citroën has led the global auto industry in innovation and dramatic styling for nearly a century, consistently delivering the comfortable drive and attractive design that delight car enthusiasts around the world. In 1976, the company merged with Peugeot to create PSA Peugeot Citroën, Europe's second largest automobile manufacturer. Having extensively revamped its model lineup in recent years, Citroën now offers the broadest range in its history, culminating with the simultaneous launch in 2005 of the Citroën C1 and Citroën C6.

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.
Contact presse : Anne de Beaumont - + 33 (0)1 55 91 24 15 - anne.debeaumont@atosorigin.com

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.

Created in 1983, Microsoft France employs nearly 1000 people. Eric Boustouller has been General Manager since February 1, 2005.

  • Microsoft® Content Manager Server 2002 is a product of Microsoft Corp.
  • RetrievalWareâ is a registered trademark of Convera Corporation, distributed in France by Acamaya.