“Atos Origin extends its Global Partnership with SAP under the theme “Maximize Manufacturing Together” at SAPPHIRE® ‘06”

Paris, SAPPHIRE, 30 May 2006

Atos Origin today announced a global go-to-market initiative for the manufacturing industries named “Maximize Manufacturing Together”. Atos Origin will be showcasing this new venture for the first time at SAPPHIRE® '06 Paris from 30 May to 1 June. The offering “Maximize Manufacturing Together” is designed to help manufacturing companies consolidate infrastructure and align software while implementing world class pre-configured SAP® applications in order to streamline IT landscape and reduce its cost. Atos Origin is a SAPPHIRE sponsor and will be exhibiting on booth 2.7

Based on Atos Origin's strong global manufacturing heritage and customer base and aligning with SAP's Industry Business Units Discrete and Process Manufacturing, 4 core pillars of Chemical, Oil and Gas, High-Tech and Automotive, are identified for this manufacturing initiative.

The Maximize Manufacturing Together Program will assist customers in harmonizing and rationalizing their specific application portfolios by using SAP Best Practice Solutions and Methodologies and accelerated deliveries to achieve more business flexibility thereby lowering the TCO of their IT landscape. By using industry best practices templates, and mySAP™ ERP together with ESA Awareness and adoption, SAP NetWeaver implementation and upgrade paths, sector expertise and Safe Passage, MMT will accelerate implementations for new customers and for customers looking to upgrade their mySAP ERP systems. Atos Origin will support all phases of delivery and operations.

The Maximize Manufacturing Initiative will launch at SAPPHIRE Paris and kick off in the Asia Pacific market with a series of customer road-shows and will also entail Atos Origin setting up a manufacturing competence centres in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and China. With the full support of Atos Origin's board and the active involvement of senior Atos Origin and SAP executives this initiative will target manufacturing companies in these sectors addressing their strategic IT needs.

“One of the most important criteria of our customers is an accelerated delivery of mySAP ERP", said Peter Maier, senior vice president, Process Industries, SAP. "Our response has been the Best Practice methodology, which has been warmly received. Now, Atos Origin will combine its strengths in implementation with MMT using the SAP Best Practices solution, resulting in a winning combination for customers.” Dr. Kerstin Geiger, Senior VP Discrete Industries, SAP added: “This powerful combination based on mySAP ERP will deliver seamlessly an end-to-end solution for our Manufacturing customers extended enterprise and offer a compelling incentive to manufacturing companies considering their ERP future landscape”.

“Atos Origin and SAP have enjoyed a long and successful trusted partnership that has, through our trusted advisor roles delivered substantial value, innovation and benefits to our customers. The Maximize Manufacturing Together theme will combine the complementary strengths of our two companies in providing software and services that will change the cost structure of IT within the manufacturing industries. We are excited to be embarking on this initiative with SAP” said Iain Boag, Senior Vice President Enterprise Solutions Atos Origin.

Atos Origin has over 20 years experience working with SAP applications and is a Partner of SAP Global Services, a SAP Global Hosting Partner, and a member of the SAP NetWeaver® Partnership Initiative. The Atos Origin practice for SAP applications has more than 4,400 SAP consultants around the globe and has SAP Certified Data Centres in all geographical regions.

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 EUR 5.5 billion and it employs over 47,000 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, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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Jose de Vries
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