“Atos Origin and Landesbank Berlin extend their processing agreement”
Frankfurt am Main, 23 January 2007
Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin Company, today announces the extension of its contract with Landesbank Berlin AG (LBB), to process, for a further five years, the German bank's entire card portfolio, using Atos Worldline's own card-management system SEMPRIS®core. The portfolio covers 1.7 million active credit - and private label cards, including co-branding cards, plus products and extra functionality newly-developed with Atos Worldline. In extending the contract, both partners are continuing their almost 20-year business relationship to carry out innovative joint projects in the future.
As part of the future contractual collaboration, the technical requirements are defined for online credit card issue over the Internet, with instant confirmation. It is planned to offer this optionally in conjunction with instalment credit (SEMPRIS®instalment_credit).
"Over the past few years, our collaboration with Atos Worldline has convinced us again of the flexibility, quality and sheer professionalism of their services. Since we are seeking to be pioneers in converting ideas for new products in the future, we now need a flexible partner with great innovative potential and know-how. Hence we decided to extend our business relationship with Atos Worldline for a further five years", says Hans-Jürgen Torkler, Bereichsleitung at Landesbank Berlin AG.
"As an innovation-minded customer, LBB is always presenting us with new challenges, which we happily take on, for joint development of new products, from which the entire card market will benefit", says Erik Munk Koefoed, Executive Vice President at Atos Worldline.
Dynamic development of cards through extra technical system functionality
In the past, Atos Worldline and LBB converted various projects jointly. Thus, the companies successively developed various extra components around SEMPRIS®core. In modules like SEMPRIS®TWIN Processing for processing Visa and MasterCard credit cards under a single account, SEMPRIS®maax for improved debt-collection, and SEMPRIS®bonus for managing bonus systems, the bank was able to raise the number of cards processed dramatically, and to manage traditional credit- and co-branding cards better.
New card program and product ideas
Furthermore, at the instigation of the bank, business analysts at Atos Worldline came up with ideas for extra products such as "Prepaid" and "Gift", also the "Picture Card" in oblong format. As another highlight of the collaboration, in 2006 a combined debit- and credit card program (Maestro Issuing Processing) was converted, with a Bonus-Miles function.
Landesbank Berlin AG (LBB) is a worldwide bank, with headquarters in the German capital. Its business model is based on four cornerstones: private customers and corporate business, for whom the bank has a outstanding position as an innovative, customer-oriented institution; the capital-market business, for whom the bank provides carefully-selected services; also the property-financing business, which is aimed at meeting the needs of investors and home-construction companies throughout the Federal Republic. With its Berliner Sparkasse brand, it provides a nationwide branch network as the regional market leader, with a market share of close to 50% of customers in the region. At the same time, LBB is market leader in the German credit card business. Other modern business methods, such as online & credit card banking, call centres and self-service media, complete its comprehensive range of services.
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.
Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company
Atos Worldline is a major European player in the processing of large-volume electronic exchanges, specialising in electronic payment services, CRM and e-services (internet, voice and mobile services). With the focus on technological innovation, Atos Worldline implements its solutions in processing or integration mode. On December 7th 2006, Atos Origin announced the acquisition of Banksys and Bank Card Company (BCC), creating a European leader in Payment Services, with combined pro forma 2006 revenues of EUR 630 million and 4,000 employees.
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