“Atos Origin and CAST partner to launch new Application Health Check Service”

London, UK, 30 May 2006

Helping organisations tackle the legacy issue

Atos Origin, a leading IT services company, and CAST, a pioneer in the Application Development Governance software space, today announced that they have formed a partnership to launch a new Application Health Check service that will help both private and public sector organisations tackle the legacy issue. A recent survey1 by Atos Origin and the National Computer Centre revealed that Legacy IT systems2 are inhibiting business improvement and potentially damaging the perception of IT in the boardroom.

The new service is built on CAST software and uses Atos Origin's proven methodology to assess an application's business, technical and operational health.
Using the CAST Application Intelligence Platform to analyse a wide array of different software systems, Atos Origin executes a technical check of any software application to measure their system risks and long term technical reliability.

Based on clearly defined metrics generated by CAST software, Atos Origin makes recommendations to create an effective strategy that will reduce risk and total cost of ownership to increase quality and business value. This Application Health Check provides objective fact-based information to make pro-active decisions to save time and money on the maintenance of existing applications, no matter if built and maintained in-house, outsourced or co-sourced.

“Launch of this service follows the successful implementation of CAST technology amongst some of our customers, where productivity gains of up to 40% have been delivered,” said Jacques Cosnefroy, senior vice president for systems integration at Atos Origin.

Mark Slater, UK Country Manager for CAST said,” Through our partnership with Atos Origin, a leader in application management, we can offer companies a complete health check service that enables them, in a few days and without any technical investment, to quickly understand their legacy issues and plan a strategy based on solid metrics.”

The Application Health Check is the first critical step in the Atos Origin “Advance From Legacy” solution, which is designed to help companies address the legacy issue.

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 the CAST Solution
The CAST software platform - “the software that knows software” - helps IT management and IT services companies better govern their application development. CAST automatically analyses business applications and provides the information and objective metrics that management must have to measure, monitor and control team activities for on-time, on-quality delivery at the best cost, whether in-house or outsourced. For our customers this means more adaptable, robust and reliable software applications that can withstand time and change with the flexibility that the business requires. With CAST, customers can lower maintenance costs and reduce risk in their application portfolio, risks such as system
outages, project failures, drifts in application maintainability, vendor lock-in, regulatory non-compliance and security. And IT executives get a mechanism to drive continuous improvement in their critical applications and in the teams that build and maintain those apps.

About CAST
CAST is the world leader and pioneer in Application Intelligence Software – “the software that knows software®” – providing the metrics and information IT executives must have to better govern application maintenance and development. Founded in 1990, CAST is listed on Compartment C-Eurolist by Euronext Paris (Euronext: CAS) and serves Global 2000 organisations worldwide with a network of 11 fully staffed offices in the US and Europe. More than 600 organisations around the world are using CAST software to run AD like a business. For more information, visit: www.castsoftware.com

For more information, contact:
Caroline Crouch - Atos Origin
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com

Peter Vasey - CAST
Tel: +44 (0) 1494 616 620
Email: p.vasey@castsoftware.com

1 The full survey is available at: www.atosorigin.com and www.ncc.co.uk/principia.
2 For the purposes of this survey, legacy is defined as those applications that are potentially unsupportable, that have a relatively high total cost of ownership, where there is a critical skills shortage, and are possibly inflexible relative to changing business and regulatory requirements.