“City & Guilds choose Atos Origin for application hosting and support”

London, 2 February 2009

Improving services for learners worldwide while reducing costs and carbon emissions

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, today announced that it has won a five year contract worth £13.5 million with City and Guilds, the leading authority in vocational education - in the UK and internationally. The new contract with Atos Origin forms part of City & Guilds' plans for international expansion.

Atos Origin takes over management and hosting of all IT applications. This includes implementing a new IT architecture to support all SAP systems, as well as migrating all legacy applications to a virtual environment. Virtualisation will reduce the number of servers from five to one, thereby reducing power consumption and carbon emissions.

‘The work we will be doing with Atos Origin is integral to strategic plans for growth and our ambitions to become even more responsive to our customers – here and internationally,' said Simon Morioka, Group Director of IT at City & Guilds. ‘We believe that Atos Origin, with its proven expertise in delivering SAP solutions and its ability to deliver on time and to budget is the right company to help us ensure that we have the technology we need to achieve this transformation.'

‘This is an important new win for Atos Origin with one of our leading partners, SAP,' said Paul Bray at Atos Origin. ‘Through our SAP Centres of Expertise and experience in delivering and hosting SAP solutions, we will support City & Guilds through their transformation to ensure that their IT systems meet their needs today and tomorrow.'

Press contact:

Caroline Crouch
+44 20 7830 4233

Phillipa Thomas, PR Consultant, City & Guilds

Notes to Editor
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 5.8 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 quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

City & Guilds is the expert and leading authority in vocational education and training - both in the UK and beyond.
In operation for the last 130 years, City & Guilds is the UK's leading awarding body for work-related qualifications. Twenty million people in the UK have City & Guilds qualifications, and the organisation awards a further 1.5 million qualifications to learners every year.