“Netherlands Chamber of Commerce awards software development contract to Atos Origin”

Utrecht, 1 October 2008

The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce has signed a contract with Atos Origin for a major part of its software development activities. The contract is the result of its strategy to promote innovative entrepreneurship and a favourable economic climate in the Netherlands by registering, providing information for and stimulating employers. In order to realise this, the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce is to invest in optimising its organisation and improving positioning. This should result in efficient processes, cost reductions and greater added value for employers and society. Atos Origin will support the comprehensive, complex transformation of applications, systems and IT infrastructure which this repositioning requires. The contract will run for 4 years.

The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce - the organisation of all the Chambers of Commerce in the Netherlands - has decided to replace all its existing IT applications with a completely new range of applications. These applications include the New Commercial Register and the implementation of standard packages. Over the next 3 years, it will be contracting out the majority of its software development activities to Atos Origin. The IT service-provider will also play a significant part in the provision of services within the demand organisation - the ‘control room' for the IT transformation - and during projects which will be carried out under its own management.

IT transformation
The repositioning of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce will require investment in the professionalisation of its application development activities. Atos Origin has a long track record of providing outsourcing services and has demonstrated its ability to carry out comprehensive IT projects within the public sector. By contracting out the majority of its IT applications to Atos Origin the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce will enable concentration on its main objective: to stimulate a better investment climate in the Netherlands.

“We are proud of the fact that the Chamber of Commerce has chosen us as its IT partner to carry out this change process. This contract will present us with the ideal opportunity to showcase our expertise in managing and implementing comprehensive and complex IT projects for the public sector”, says Rob Pols, CEO of Atos Origin Netherlands. “Atos Origin has been working with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce for several years. Therefore I have every faith that we will be able to provide a valuable contribution towards the realisation of its strategy to stimulate innovative entrepreneurship.”

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin, an international IT service providers, enables customers to translate their vision into results through consulting, systems integration and managed operations. Atos Origin has an annual turnover of 5.8 billion euros in forty countries and employs over 50,000 people. Atos Origin is the global information technology partner for the Olympic Games and has an international clientele. Atos Origin is listed on the Paris Eurolist Market and operates as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

For more information:
Erica Prins
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