“Dutch municipality of Almere signs agreement with Atos Origin to outsource IT infrastructure”

Utrecht, 4 September 2007

New solution offers increased customer service and generates cost savings Almere municipality and Atos Origin, an international IT services provider, have signed a letter of intent detailing a five-year agreement that will give Atos Origin full responsibility for managing the municipality's IT workstation infrastructure. Atos Origin's solution will guarantee optimum accessibility and support for over 2,000 workstations.

By outsourcing its workstation infrastructure, Almere municipality will be able to expand its capacity for innovation and at the same time to manage its costs. As a result, the municipality will be better placed to respond to internal developments and maintain its relations with citizens and companies, while securing expected cost savings of at least 10 percent.

Atos Origin will be responsible for standardising the workstation infrastructure of Almere municipality and will introduce Atos™ Workplace Solutions, a solution offering municipal employees optimal support with the right workstation facilities, allowing them to carry out their work smoothly. Atos Workplace Solutions provides a complete series of modular desktop and support services. These modules are suitable for flexible application and can be completely tailored to the specific requirements of Almere municipality. Before signing the final contract – planned later this year - consultations will be held with the unions to determine the staff's conditions of transfer from the municipality to Atos Origin.

Cost effective, innovative and flexible
“The importance of a flexible workstation infrastructure that allows changes within the organisation and in the outside world to be anticipated quickly is becoming ever clearer. Information must be available everywhere, both at the office and on the move”, says Jos Blejie, Executive Vice President Managed Operations of Atos Origin Netherlands. “Atos Workplace Solutions enables organisations to align their workstation strategy with their overall strategy and way of working. We are convinced that we can support Almere municipality in realising their objectives. This agreement also demonstrates that Atos Origin is willing and able to be an important partner for municipalities”.

“Almere municipality aims to be a customer-focused, innovative and flexible organisation at the heart of the local community. This agreement with Atos Origin helps us towards our objective of operating in a cost effective manner while at the same time investing in innovative solutions, allowing us to operate more effectively and improve our service to citizens”, according to Vincent van Woerkom, manager of operations for Almere municipality.

About Almere
Almere is a city of more than 182,000 inhabitants, characterised by space, parks and water. The city stands before an enormous challenge. Almere's population is certain to grow to 250,000, with an option for further growth towards 350,000-400,000 residents. This will require decisiveness and vision – both in order to maintain and increase the existing quality of the city and to fulfil Almere municipality's aim of serving its citizens as a customer-focused, flexible and innovative organisation.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Almere Municipality
Press Contacts
+31 6 51 00 21 07
Atos Origin
Jose de Vries
+31 6 30 27 26 11