“Atos Origin chosen by Castorama Italia to implement LucyStar Document Management solution”

Milan, 23 October 2006

The Italian subsidiary of Castorama has chosen Atos Origin to support the deployment of its European reference project “Smart Invoice Processing”. In order to simplify Castorama Italia's supply management system and boost its efficiency, Atos Origin is in charge of the redesign of the process and operational flows and of the implementation of the LucyStar Document Management solution developed by IDOQ Management.

Castorama Italia is part of British group Kingfisher plc, the biggest European group and third-largest group worldwide in the DIY, decoration, gardening and building retail sector with an extensive network of 660 stores. Kingfisher plc is listed on the London and Paris stock market. In Italy, Castorama is the leading store across the country with 27 sales outlets employing 2,500 staff.

The company is pursuing a strong development strategy that plans to double the number of stores in Italy over the next seven years. The growth objectives of Castorama, which offers a range of 50,000 products divided into five sectors plus a customer services department, also require a programme to simplify the company's supplies management system, as well as make it more efficient.

Castorama Italia selected Atos Origin to support the deployment of its “Smart Invoice Processing project”, and implement LucyStar automated document management solution in the Group's stores. The invoice processing phase is an area with significant savings potential: from the generation of invoices to suppliers and their reception to the processing and substitute filing system, thus enabling Castorama Italia to reduce costs, guarantee a better time management and efficient and timely tracking of information.

“The automation of acquisition and substitute archiving operations will enable Castorama to focus on its core business,” says Tina Tempesta, Administrative and Financial Director at Castorama.

"The collaboration developed with Castorama confirms the valid role Atos Origin has in Enterprise Content Management," says Maurizio Zotti, Industry Director of Atos Origin in Italy. "We already have several projects underway and our orders have increased significantly in a context of a positive software market trend in ECM with an increase of more than 10%".

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.

About IDOQ Management
The company produces, sells and implements the automated document flow system LUCYStar. The product suite is the leader on the multi-format document and data capture market. The main customers include national and international companies in both the public and private domains. The solution integrates with the principal ERP systems available on the market. IDOQ includes an important R&D division and is underpinned by a consolidated network of partners, namely universities and research centres. IDOQ Management sells its LUCYStar solution directly or via partnerships with international service providers. For more information visit www.idoq.it

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