“Atos Origin India achieves CMMI Level 5”

Mumbai, INDIA,  31 January 2005

Successful Appraisal Validates Atos Origin as an IT Services Power House

Atos Origin, a leading information technology services provider today announced that its India operations has achieved Level 5 of the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). The Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) Class ‘A' appraisal was conducted across all of Atos Origin India locations in Mumbai and covered all software development and maintenance activities.

Mr. Kamlesh Kothari, Lead Appraiser from KPMG, was highly impressed with the professional attitude of the Atos Origin India team, high level of commitment and teamwork across the organisation.

"The Atos Origin India development facility in Mumbai has been assessed at CMMI Level 5 within the scope of Software Development and Maintenance projects for BAS (Business Application Solutions), EAI-TA (Enterprise Application Integration & Technical Automation), ESC (Enterprise Resource Planning, Supply Chain, Customer Relationship Management solutions) and SAP Division. This is a significant achievement and would help the organization demonstrate its process capability during execution of software development and maintenance projects. Their strong customer focus and effective implementation of the Balanced Scorecard, enables Atos Origin India to deliver high quality results, based on a good understanding of their customers' needs and expectations. There is a high level of senior management commitment and strong professional attitude demonstrated by the staff,” said Mr Kothari.

This achievement places Atos Origin India amongst an elite group of global companies that have achieved CMMI Level 5 and highlights Atos Origin's quest for continuous process, quality and productivity improvement. Atos Origin India's dedication to product and service quality is clearly visible from the fact that it has been certified for ISO 9001 since 1994 and had also been assessed at Level 5 of CMM-SW (Capability Maturity Model – Software Engineering) in 2000.

CMMI Level 5 enables an organization to continually improve its product quality, productivity, predictability and cycle time. These translate into direct benefits for customers, in terms of reduction of total cost of ownership, reduction of time-to-market and enhancement of service levels to their own end-clients.

“As a global leader in IT consulting, systems integration and managed operations, Atos Origin seeks to continuously improve our software and systems engineering and integration processes and capabilities so as to enhance our ability to deliver better quality services at optimal cost to our clients,” said Uday Gharpure, Managing Director for Atos Origin India. “The SCAMPI Class ‘A' appraisal is part of our continuous improvement efforts by benchmarking ourselves against global best practices.”

“Atos Origin India has established itself as a top tier IT services provider. We now have more than 1,200 IT professionals, engineers and technicians in our Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi offices. Our CMMI Level 5 appraisal will definitely enhance our ability to strengthen our client base of multi-national companies and large local corporations in Asia and beyond,” said Mr Gharpure.

India is an important consideration in Atos Origin's Global Sourcing strategy. The strategy encompasses the sourcing of IT services with the right skills, at the right time, from the right place, at the right price and addressing the full IT life cycle and delivery chain. Atos Origin is dedicated to client satisfaction through its value driven engagement model and its service quality. To this end, the company has engaged in a world-wide CMMI assessment program covering all major service centers. As a key element of our global sourcing strategy, this program ensures compatible CMMI maturity and best practices across client facing units and the back office centers.

More than simply selecting low cost locations as options for sourcing IT services, Atos Origin evaluates the whole range of technical and service factors to determine the optimal sourcing solution to meet clients' requirements. Atos Origin adopts continuous quality improvements to mature business processes thus yielding ongoing productivity improvement.

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 more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 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.

In Asia Pacific, Atos Origin has its regional headquarters in Singapore and has over 2,300 employees in 9 countries servicing clients in Financial Services; Discrete Manufacturing; Telecom & Utilities; Process Industries; CPG/Retail and Public Sector.

About CMMI
The CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) model, developed by the SEI at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn, USA, is a significant advancement from the earlier CMM model.

The CMMI is a framework that describes the key elements of effective software and systems engineering processes. It describes an evolutionary improvement path from an ad hoc, immature process to a mature, disciplined process. It helps improve the ability of organizations to meet goals for cost, schedule, functionality, and product quality, thus achieving greater customer satisfaction.

The CMMI establishes a yardstick against which it is possible to judge the maturity of an organization's processes and compare them to the state of the practice of the industry. The CMMI can also be used by an organization to plan improvements to its software and systems engineering processes.

The CMMI is composed of five maturity levels, with Level 5 being the highest. Atos Origin India's facility was assessed at Level 5, using the SCAMPI method (Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement).

Media Contact


Milind Kamat

Atos Origin India

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Email: milind.kamat@atosorigin.com

Vivien Goh

Atos Origin Asia Pacific

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Email: vivien.goh@atosorigin.com