“Atos Origin Honoured as Partner of the Year for Sales and Marketing at 2006 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Program Awards”

Paris, 9 August 2006

Today, Atos Origin proudly announced it has won the Partner of the Year Award for Sales and Marketing in the Information Worker Solutions category at the 2006 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Program Awards. The company was chosen out of an international field of top Microsoft Partners as delivering market-leading customer solutions built on Microsoft technology.

sales and marketing awardWilbert Kieboom, Management Board Member and CEO Northern Europe at Atos Origin said: “Atos Origin is a Microsoft partner and we are delighted to have received the accolade for best performance in Sales and Marketing. The 2006 Partner of the Year Award underlines the outstanding performance of the innovative Atos™ Workplace Solutions and continued commitment by both companies to a successful long-term collaboration.”

Awards were presented in a number of categories, with winners chosen from a pool of more than 1,800 worldwide entrants. Atos Origin was recognized for superior Sales and Marketing in the Information Worker Solutions category. The Information Worker Award recognizes solution providers that help customers realize increased service revenues, new market opportunities and a renewed focus on high-value customer engagements via technology. Atos Origin won this award by providing solutions built on familiar programs that enable their customers to better manage, prioritize and collaborate on increasing volumes of information with its innovative Atos™ Workplace Solutions. This solution is used both to manage operating system migration and full outsourcing, and 600,000 desktops are already deployed, with more planned.

“It is a privilege to recognize Atos Origin as a winner of this years' Information Worker Solutions in Sales and Marketing,” said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft. “It is this level of effectiveness in reaching out to our shared customers regarding the value of solutions built on Microsoft technology that enables continued success for us and for our Partners. We applaud Atos Origin for its achievements this year and offer gratitude for our ongoing collaboration through the Microsoft Partner Program.”

The Microsoft Partner Program Awards recognize Microsoft Partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the last year. Multiple awards are distributed in four categories: Partner of the Year for Technology Innovation, Partner of the Year for Sales and Marketing, the Specialization Excellence Awards, and Microsoft Initiative Awards, which also includes the Winning Customer Award.

Atos™ Workplace Solutions provide a full range of modular and flexible desktop and end-user support services, allowing the end user to work anywhere, anyplace, at anytime. Built on extensive and proven experience in all industry sectors, Atos Workplace Solutions currently manage more than 600,000 seats, 20,000 servers, 8 million calls per year and 350,000 corporate mailboxes.

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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