“Atos Origin leads an initiative to drive growth of Spain’s IT Services sector”

Madrid, 29 May 2006

Atos Origin leads the Spanish Software and Service Initiative (INES)

Atos Origin, the leading international IT services company, has joined a number of Spanish business leaders including Spain's number one telecoms operator, Telefónica, in an initiative designed to drive the growth of Spain's IT services sector. Atos Origin has promoted the creation of the Spanish Software and Services Technology Platform, INES (Iniciativa Española de Software y Servicios), which wants to increase the competitiveness of the Spanish IT industry among other European countries.

Atos Origin will contribute to INES' goals to encourage innovation and growth in the Spanish sector, through a programme of strategic research and projects to develop technological capability in Spain in areas like Semantic Web, GRID technologies and Open Source.

Using the expertise of its members, INES is currently laying out its vision for the evolution of the technology industry in Spain. A Spanish Strategic Research Agenda is being drawn up to outline the issues facing businesses, which will be followed by the formation of a series of working groups to address how businesses should respond to these issues.

INES is a network of leaders in science and technology, comprising business, academia and technology centres. Other members include ESI-Tecnalia (the European Software Institute), the Technical University of Madrid, Telefónica and the Principality of Asturias through the Information and Communication Technological Centre; the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education; the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism; and the Spanish Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology.

INES also has links to other Spanish technology groups such as Prometeo (integrated intelligence systems), eSec (security), eMOV (wireless communication platform) and eNEM (platform for networked audiovisual technology). It works closely with the European software and services technology group, NESSI (Networked European Software and Services Initiative), which was launched last September in Brussels.

For further information, please visit http://www.ines.org.es/ .

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.

For more information:
Antonio Ferreiro
Atos Origin Spain
Tel: +34 91 440 88 00