“Hong Kong Government Awards Data Centre Outsourcing Contract to Atos Origin”

HONG KONG, 25 January 2006

The Hong Kong government's first-ever data centre outsourcing contract will see 10 systems from 7 government departments hosted by Sema Group Ltd, wholly-owned subsidiary of Atos Origin

International consulting and IT services company, Atos Origin, today announced that it has been awarded the contract to host and manage the Hong Kong government's Central Computing Centre, which will consist of ten (10) IT infrastructure systems from seven (7) government departments. Officially, the contract is awarded to Sema Group Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Atos Origin in Hong Kong.

This contract represents the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO)'s first data centre outsourcing contract with an external IT services provider. The scope of the services includes the provision of 24x7 managed operations, network infrastructure, printing services, production and technical support, disaster recovery services, security and storage management.

These systems will be hosted in Sema Group Ltd's 45,000 square feet, twin Tier-1 production and disaster recovery data centre facilities located in Chai Wan and Tsuen Wan respectively. These data centres, set up in 2004, are Atos Origin's largest data centres in Asia Pacific.

Philip Chua, Managing Director, Atos Origin Hong Kong said, “We are honoured to be awarded this contract to deliver state-of-the-art data centre outsourcing services for the Hong Kong government. Our mission-critical and high-value outsourcing services align perfectly with the OGCIO's objectives of enlarging and accelerating its IT services for the various public sector departments.

This project underlines our capabilities to offer the necessary skills and expertise to design, build and operate large-scale outsourcing projects for major organisations. We see this contract award as a strengthening of our relationship with the Hong Kong government, and we aim to be the reference point for all future data centre outsourcing projects with the Government,” said Mr Chua.

Howard Dickson, Government Chief Information Officer said, “As we take forward our E-government initiatives beyond IT to service transformation, we need to progressively align and redesign our IT infrastructure. Our vision is set on having processing centre clusters, networks and personal access facilities that are functional, making prudent use of current technology and bringing maximum value to the business users. This also means that we need architected applications and information access, while moving relevant paper-based information on-line.”

“The outsourcing initiative that we see today is certainly only the beginning of a major step of maximizing private sector provisioning of services while keeping a strategic IT nucleus in Government,” Mr Dickson added.

As a global leading consulting and IT services firm, Atos Origin focuses on their clients' mission-critical systems and infrastructure. Atos Origin's data centres in Asia Pacific are purpose-built to meet their needs for reliability, security and availability.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international consulting and information technology (IT) 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 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games.

In Asia Pacific, Atos Origin has its regional headquarters in Singapore and has over 2,500 employees in 9 countries servicing clients in Financial Services; Discrete Manufacturing; Telecom & Utilities; Process Industries; CPG/Retail and Public Sector. Atos Origin Asia Pacific is in the top 25 companies in Gartner's 2004 IT Services Asia/Pacific Market Share report; a top 50 IT company in ZDNet Asia's Top Tech Index 2005; and amongst the top-25 enterprise players in the Financial Services Industry, according to Financial Insights (an IDC company).

In Hong Kong, for all legal and contractual matters, Atos Origin is represented by the Sema Group, a wholly owned subsidiary.

For further information, contact:

Atos Origin Asia Pacific

Vivien Goh

Tel : 65-6832 2617


Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide

Azwar Ghazali

Tel: 852-2884 8563