“ACCA outsources IT to Atos Origin”

London, 20 October 2008

Helping to improve service for members and students worldwide

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, today announced that it has won a five-year contract worth £8 million with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global body for professional accountants. Under the new contract, Atos Origin will take over management of the IT infrastructure that supports its 122,000 members and 325,000 students worldwide through a network of 80 offices and centres.

ACCA's decision to outsource to Atos Origin is part of its corporate strategy to be the first-choice qualification to people who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. Atos Origin will use its global sourcing model to deliver an improved service from its offices in the UK and from its service desk in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Atos Origin will lead a transformation programme to ensure that the IT infrastructure can better handle peaks in usage, for example, just before the deadline for examination entries and when the examination results are first published.

"We have been really impressed by Atos Origin and the team that they have put forward. It has shown a deep understanding of our organisation and the specific challenges and opportunities that we face today," said Russell Price, ACCA IT Director. "I believe that by working together we will be able to transform and improve our technology to deliver improved services to our students, members and employers."

"We are delighted to welcome ACCA as a new client and are committed to working with them to transform and improve the IT infrastructure so that it supports the organisation and its members worldwide in the long-term," said Paul Bray, vice president for Enterprise at Atos Origin.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is one of the world's leading international information technology services companies. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues total more than €5.8 billion and it employs over 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 listed on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting. http://www.atosorigin.co.uk/

About ACCA

  1. ACCA is the global body for professional accountants. It aims to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. It has 325,000 students and 122,000 members in 170 countries worldwide.

  2. ACCA has worked with governments, national organisations and development agencies in emerging economies - for over 20 years- promoting the accounting profession, to create value for the communities, businesses and individuals it serves.
  3. ACCA believes that globalisation of business means that one set of reporting standards is essential. It favours the principles-based IFRS.
  4. ACCA understands the real issues facing small businesses as 63,000 of our members work in SMEs or small partnerships worldwide.

For more information contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Tel: 020 7830 4233