“Quaestores signs three-year contract with Atos Origin for management and development of IT application landscape”

Utrecht, 10 September 2007

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, has signed a three-year contract with Quaestores, a Dutch group of financial service providers specialising in factoring, billing, collection and e-invoicing, for the integrated management, hosting and development of the application landscape for Quaestores' IT infrastructure. This partnership assures Quaestores of a robust and reliable infrastructure, and enables it to offer innovative solutions to its clients.

Atos Origin and Quaestores have entered into a far-reaching partnership, whereby the IT services provider becomes fully responsible for the maintenance, management and further development of Quaestores' IT infrastructure. These services will be provided centrally via Atos Origin's data centers. Atos Origin is offering an IT solution which will enable the financial services provider to market its services effectively and in a targeted way.

“Quaestores has entered into this contract with Atos Origin because we operate in a very competitive market where considerable volumes of data are exchanged. The continuity and integrity of data processing is a crucial condition for us to be able to operate competitively and to fulfil our obligations in the area of compliance”, explained Quaestores' managing director Jan Beukers. “Outsourcing critical IT processes to the best possible partner fits with the philosophy we propagate with clients and puts us in a position to offer them the best possible solution.”

“Quaestores' ambition is to be a customer-focussed, reliable and flexible player on the financial services market. This partnership enables it to realise its objective of operating cost-effectively and at the same time investing in innovative services with demonstrable added value for clients”, said Rob Pols, CEO at Atos Origin Netherlands. “We are certain that Atos Origin can make a valuable contribution as partner to realising these ambitions.”

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.

About Quaestores
Quaestores is a group of financial service providers specialising in factoring, billing, collection and e-invoicing in a range of market segments. Quaestores consists of Q-Bis (factoring, billing and e-invoicing) and Q-Collect (collection). It also has a joint venture, HCN Collect, for large clients in the High Volume B2C-segment, and works with companies including Volker Wessels within Founter, providing a ‘smart meter' concept for the utility market. Q-Bis takes over credit management processes for its clients, entirely or partially. Q-Bis does this through a combination of intelligent software, knowledge of its clients' debtors and an approach which can be differentiated per debtor. Q-Bis's flexible and efficient approach has benefits to offer: a comfortable liquidity position, fewer collection costs and an upgrade of the corporate image. Q-Collect works using detailed knowledge of debtors, with collection strategies tailored to the individual nature of each debtor. Not only does this lead to an improvement in clients' cash flow and a big reduction in the percentage of bad debt: it also results in client retention. For more information, please consult the Q-Bis website: www.q-bis.nl  

For more information, please contact:

J.C.M. Beukers RA
+31 24 800 06 00
Atos Origin
Jose de Vries
+31 6 30 27 26 11