“The Atos Origin Clermont-Ferrand Services Centre achieves level 3 CMMI certification”

Paris, 18 December 2007

Optimisation of processes to increase productivity and improve quality of service

Atos Origin, one of the leading international IT services players, is continuing its ambitious CMMI certification programme as part of the Group's strategy to globalise its operation and improve its operational efficiency. Atos Origin announces that its Clermont-Ferrand Services Centre has achieved level 3 CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) certification, which confirms the value and the level of industrialisation in its applications and systems production process.

Atos Origin has implemented a CMMI certification strategy for its activities in the French regions. Atos Origin's national approach demonstrates a strong will to industrialise its methods and tools as well as to improve and capitalise on them, based on the best practice available in the field. It also involves a consolidation of skills which include characteristics specific to each services centre.

Using standard processes and tools, level 3 CMMI certification gives the Clermont-Ferrand Centre a confirmed industrial approach to meet the expectations of its clients. The ability to measure and analyse process effectiveness now allows for improved organisation of acquired and feedback experience of the projects as well as better and faster training for personnel. Formalising and capitalising on this knowledge makes it easier to begin new projects which now have access to past experience through proven, well supported operational processes, from handling client expectations to final delivery, through validation and configuration management phases. An archive set up in this way facilitates induction for people who have recently been recruited, since they now have access to “turnkey” engineering procedures. These steps are leading towards a permanent increase in working methods. All of these processes are monitored by quality of service indicators.

“This success caps two years of hard work and dedication by our teams,” said Denis Lambolez, Director for France's Centre Region. “CMMI Level 3 certification confirms that we have met our objectives in getting all our people to embrace this methodology in a commitment to driving continuous improvements in productivity. What's more, certification, which is a major source of competitive differentiation, secures our future growth and provides a firm foundation for the trusting relationships we have developed with our customers.”

Atos Origin is the leader in systems integration services in France's Centre Region, with 1,100 employees, including 160 hired people in 2007.

Focused on industrial business processes, the Clermont-Ferrand Services Center's main customer is a locally-based manufacturer that is a global market leader. With its recognized systems integration expertise and strong culture of performance-based projects, the Clermont-Ferrand Services Center has enjoyed robust growth in recent years. In 2007, it moved to a new 1,500-square-meter facility to step up the development of its regional and national business. Its projects and application management services span platform and front-office/back-office operations in a wide array of technology environments, including Java/J2EE, EAI, portals, mainframes, CAD and digital computing.

About CMMI
The CMMI model (Capability Maturity Model Integration), developed by the SEI (Software Engineering Institute) at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University (United States), is a significant step forward from the previous model, CMM.

CMMI defines the key elements required to perfect the processes required to produce effective applications and systems and describes the improvements which enable the change from an improvised process to a mature, disciplined process. It helps to promote the following goals: product cost, schedule, functionality and quality, set by the company with a view to providing its clients with ever greater satisfaction.

CMMI is becoming the reference for assessing the maturity of a company's processes, by comparing their level with the sector average. CMMI is also useful for planning improvements to a company's applications and systems processes.

CMMI is made up of five levels, with the fifth being the highest. Each level defines the company's level of maturity. Level 3 corresponds to a “defined” level of maturity, where processes are described and applied by the whole 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.

Contact for Press: Anne de Beaumont - + 33 (0)1 55 91 24 15 - anne.debeaumont@atosorigin.com