“Atos Origin’s software development center in Brazil conquers the CMM certification”

São Paulo, 25 April 2005

Solid project management controls were determining factors for the achievement Atos Origin, a leading international IT-services company has announced that one of its global software development centers, in São Paulo has recently obtained the Software CMM certification.

The CMM - Capability Maturity Model – is a software development quality evaluation model also used to identify key practices to increase process maturity.

Among the advantages of adopting application development processes is the significant increase in quality and productivity they allow. According to Atos Origin's Software Development Center Manager, Ricardo Wigman, "the more companies specialize and get certified, the more the local market matures and, this way, everyone wins. Certification also reinforces Brazil's vocation to become one of the world's biggest offshore centers."

Other important requirements to reach the certification also included the project management, documentation, and management process follow-up policies the company adopts and shares with the team of 150 professionals at the development center.

According to Carlos Alberto Caram, ISD Brasil Director, the company responsible for the certification: “A CMM level means that the best international practices to software development was totally absorbed. This is a very important instrument to decrease risks on the projects. Surely, Atos Origin will have a lot of new opportunities because of the certification and its continuity program to quality.

“With this certification, Atos Origin proves its maturity and experience in developing software and ensures the market a defined and non-diverted production line”, emphasized Wigman.

Atos Origin is already getting ready to reach even higher certification levels in 2006.

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.

About ISD Brazil
ISD Company has been in Brazil for five years. ISD Brasil is the Brazilian branch of ISD-Integrated System Diagnostics, Inc. and it is responsible for the CMM and CMMI Certification (consultancy, training and evaluation) in more of forty clients in Brazil. The ISD is the first international company on South America focused in the best practices based in models. For more information: web site at www.isdbrasil.com.br

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