“Atos Origin opens a new Software Factory in Valladolid”

Madrid, 28 February 2007

Atos Origin, a leading international information technology (IT) services company, opens a new Software Factory in the Boecillo (Valladolid) Technology Park with support from the Castilla and León Councils. The factory currently employs 120 staff, and plans to increase this to 250 by the end of 2007.

The Software Factory, which specialises in the telecommunications, automotive and finance sectors, provides IT services not only in Spain but also across Europe. This is in line with Atos Origin's Global Sourcing strategy, which encompasses the sourcing of IT services from around the world, in order to source the right skills, at the right time, from the right place, at the right price. The software factory combines on site, near shore resources, to combine reduced risk and cost with cultural and geographic requirements and supports Atos Origin's strategic initiative announced earlier this month in the company's Transformation Program aimed at accelerating organic growth, improving efficiency and operating as a global company.

The software factory currently has 120 employees and plans to reach 250 employees in 2007, doubling this figure by the end of 2008. Atos Origin has recruitment agreements with the University of Valladolid, as well as with technical schools and different local education establishments.

The council of Castilla and León supported this initiative from the outset with financial and resource support. They have said that the policy being developed by the Economy and Employment Council to support IT companies implies a significant effort.
“We think it is very beneficial for the region's economic and technological development that companies of Atos Origin's size are choosing local technology parks to provide services to other countries”.

"The software factory's offering meets a market need. Atos Origin in Spain is already providing near-shore support for some of the Group's international clients and is an important part of its Global Sourcing strategy. Through the combination of the industrial methodology and experience of the Group the new Software Factory can offer high quality services at very competitive costs,” comments Diego Pavia, CEO of Atos Origin in Spain.

As part of its commitment to client satisfaction and the delivery of value and service, Atos Origin has engaged in a world-wide CMMI assessment program covering all major service centers. Rather than simply selecting low cost locations from which to source IT services, Atos Origin evaluates the whole range of technical and service requirements to determine the best sourcing solution to meet clients' requirements.

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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