“EADS and Atos Origin Form Global IT Partnership For Product-Related Services”
Paris, 30 May 2006
EADS, the global leader in aerospace, defence and related services, and Atos Origin, one of the world's leading providers of information technology services, have signed a three-year framework agreement covering product related IT services for all EADS Group subsidiaries (Airbus, Eurocopter, EADS SPACE, etc.). The agreement underscores the commitment of the two companies to broadening their partnership.
EADS is seeking to rationalize the number of information technology services providers to achieve more efficient control over services and technologies and gain a more precise vision of the related costs. The three-year framework agreement is based on the principle of guaranteed results with service level agreements. It will allow the extension of best practices already implemented by Atos Origin and EADS in Spain and France to other EADS Group subsidiaries and host countries, in particular Germany and the United Kingdom.
For the past 15 years, Atos Origin has been the benchmark EADS partner for real-time onboard software on such major programs as the Airbus A380 airliner. Atos Origin is also a partner in applied CAD/CAE1 engineering for EADS aerospace activities in Spain. These activities comply with aerospace industry standards DO178B2 and EN 9100:20033.
“Atos Origin is recognized for technical excellence in the extremely complex and sophisticated field of onboard aerospace software. We have worked closely with them for the past 15 years, resulting in ongoing innovation and success in meeting our technological challenges. We are therefore confident that this privileged partnership with Atos Origin will prove beneficial to the entire EADS Group,” said Eric Ducret, Lead Buyer at EADS.
“We are extremely proud to have been selected by EADS to support deployment of their product related services strategy and thus contribute to enhancing their technological performance,” added Wolf Kunisch, Global Account Manager at Atos Origin.
EADS also intends to take advantage of Atos Origin's Global Sourcing solution to optimize its data processing processes. This future development path will further enhance the mutual commitment of the two companies to a strong and fruitful partnership.
The Global Sourcing solution involves an end-to-end process based on both a front office and a back office. The front office handles the full range of customer requests, to position service delivery as close as possible to operations, guarantee intimate understanding of their business challenges and share their objectives. The back office, which is specialized by business process and technology, is supported by a network of service centers using identical methods, processes and applications. This industrial scale organization enables clients to benefit from latest-generation technologies with proven performance, while at the same time lowering costs.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2005, EADS generated revenues of € 34.2 billion and employed a workforce of about 113,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.
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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1/ CAD (Computer-Aided Design), CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering)
2/ Developed by the RTCA SC-167 international committee in the 1980s, the DO178B standard defines the software development process to be implemented for airworthiness certification of civil aircraft. It uses an analysis of avionics system security to define the life cycle and quality constraints applicable to the development of onboard software for these aircraft.
3/ The EN 9100:2003 standard (Aerospace Series Certificate for Design and Development of Aerospace Structures, Systems and Tooling) is a Quality Management System (based on ISO 9001) prepared by the European Association of Aerospace Industries Standards (AECMA-STAN).