“BP extends application management contract with Atos Origin”

Essen, 24 May 2007

Deutsche BP AG, a subsidiary of the international BP petroleum group, has concluded a continuation contract for application management with Atos Origin. Germany's biggest petroleum group is thus placing the development, support and maintenance of its software applications in the hands of the international IT services company for at least another two years. In future, Atos Origin will employ staff in India to carry out some of these services.

By extending the outsourcing contract, Deutsche BP AG is strengthening its partnership with Atos Origin by at least another two years. The international IT services provider already supports almost all of Deutsche BP's applications in its downstream business and some of its international applications. These applications include all the SAP systems and special applications for the petrol station network.

A new component of the contract is the use of offshoring. The contract includes a provision for a considerable number of BP application management services to be carried out by Atos Origin employees in India.

The extension of the contract demonstrates the confidence that BP has in Atos Origin's IT services. “Outsourcing application management to Atos Origin has had a very positive impact on BP”, reports Dr. Ralf Funder, Global Applications Manager at Deutsche BP. “We would like to continue this trustworthy working relationship so that we can concentrate fully on our core tasks.”

Atos Origin created the Oil competence centre in Essen in 2005 after taking over responsibility for application management for BP, in which it integrated around 50 IT employees from the petroleum group. “The extension of the Deutsche BP contract is confirmation of the ongoing and outstanding work carried out by the employees working in our Oil competence centre,” emphasises Wolfgang Sturm, Chief Operations Officer for Germany and Central Europe at Atos Origin. “At the same time, it reinforces our position as a competent IT partner for the oil and gas industry.”

Over 100 specialists from the IT services provider work for companies worldwide in the oil sector in Atos Origin's Oil competence centre. They design and implement industry-specific business processes, support system integration, develop individual solutions and assume responsibility for the management of the IT infrastructure and applications, right through to outsourcing. The industry-specific solutions and services provided by Atos Origin range from supply chain management, customer relationship management, document management, equipment monitoring and bonus or loyalty card billing to special applications for monitoring gas pipelines.

About Deutsche BP
Deutsche BP AG is a subsidiary of the international oil and gas company BP p.l.c., London. BP is now number one in Germany, Europe's most important petrol station and lubricant market. Deutsche BP is not only represented by the BP brand in Germany, but also the well-known premium brands Aral and Castrol.

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 5.4 billion and it employs 50,000 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.

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