“Atos Origin IT Team already in place for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games”
Paris/Vancouver, 6 December 2006
Atos Origin, a leading international IT services company and Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games, announces today that it will be running IT for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Atos Origin IT team has already been in place in Vancouver since June 2006 and will grow significantly up to Games' time. During the 2010 Winter Games, Atos Origin will manage a technology consortium team estimated at 2,000 staff.
Building on its successful delivery of the IT systems that supported the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002 (operated as SchlumbergerSema), in Athens in 2004 and in Torino in 2006, Atos Origin has primary responsibility for information technology including consulting, systems integration, operations management, information security and software applications development for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Group will manage a consortium of best-of-breed technology expert partners and suppliers, under the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games' (VANOC) technology Department supervision.
Qualifying a winning IT team for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Right after completion of the Games in Turin, the Atos Origin Major Events team, had already delivered key software applications for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and begun preparations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. In June 2006, only months after completion of the Torino 2006 Winter Games, Atos Origin dispatched IT managers and engineers to already start working on the Vancouver project.
Currently the size of the Atos Origin IT team in Vancouver is around 15 but the team will grow rapidly over the next couple of years. During the 2010 Winter Games, Atos Origin will manage the technology consortium team estimated at 2,000 staff, including 400 Atos Origin experts, made up of locally hired staff, local volunteers and overseas Olympic Games technology experts.
During the first six months the focus of the Atos Origin team in Vancouver has been to run and staff the technology Help desk for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and on planning for the next four years.
Knowledge and Experience Transfer : a critical component
Atos Origin is responsible for designing a complex and secure high quality IT infrastructure on time, to specification and within budget. While designing the IT architecture for each Games, Atos Origin considers the next Games and how to transfer the knowledge gained. For the Torino 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games for instance, Atos Origin used 95% of the operational procedures and knowledge gained at the Athens Games.
The complex, massive IT infrastructure of the Olympic Games is deployed by large teams of people into different cities in different countries every other year. Such a major task is all about risk management capitalizing on the knowledge gained from previous Games Operations. This knowledge and experience transfer is critical in keeping costs down and in lowering the risk of future Olympic Games.
“The IT project for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is moving forward on schedule," said Chief Information Officer Ward Chapin at VANOC. “This is a result of the joint efforts of VANOC and Atos Origin IT teams, enriched by Atos Origin's significant experience in IT support of major events. VANOC is happy with the initial results and we appreciate Atos Origin's efforts in knowledge transfer from previous Games and building upon it according to our vision.”
“Atos Origin has successfully delivered and secured the critical IT systems for the last edition of the Olympic Winter Games, facing the weather and transportation challenging constraints that a mountainous environment brings,” stated Magnus Alvarsson, Chief Integrator at Atos Origin for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, “The unique experience we have gained in managing complex large-scale events will be used in Vancouver to help VANOC and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) minimizing IT-related risks and costs .”
The Atos Origin contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the largest sports related IT contract covering: Salt Lake City in 2002, operated as SchlumbergerSema, Athens in 2004, Torino in 2006, Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012. Atos Origin has primary responsibility for Information Technology, which is related to consulting, systems integration, operations management, information security and software applications development for the Olympic Games.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology (IT) 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 5,5 billion and it employs 47,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games.
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