“Atos Origin signs contract with DSM to increase flexibility and generate cost savings”

Utrecht, 13 May 2009

In addition DSM chooses Atos Origin as preferred application consultancy partner

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, and Royal DSM N.V., the global life sciences and materials sciences company, have signed a new service agreement for the global delivery of hosting and technical application management services until the end of 2013. This agreement is an addition to the existing ‘SAP' agreement and will provide DSM with a state-of-the-art hosting and data centre environment. The agreement strengthens the way to global collaboration and the creation of innovative applications and enables DSM to offer increased flexibility and considerable cost savings.

The agreement leverages a utility-based infrastructure which allows DSM to align services flexibly with its dynamic business demands. The new solution matches the available capacity with the exact demand and so avoids over-capacity. DSM uses a pool of resources - which are securely shared by various customers - and is charged for usage instead of paying a fixed amount. As a result, the solution uses less hardware and is more environmentally friendly, because it uses substantially less energy and requires less cooling. This approach builds on Atos Origin's implementation of its new data centre strategy, which includes deploying greener data centre technologies.

Future-proof design
The future-proof design caters for both the existing environment - such as DSM's collaboration, Enterprise Content Management, and Document Management environment - and its WebShop and eBusiness domains. In addition, the design can be seamlessly integrated with new functionalities, such as utility-based computing and virtualisation. The solutions are based on contemporary business requirements and required service levels and use Atos Origin's global sourcing centres.

In addition, DSM has selected Atos Origin as its application consultancy partner, meaning that Atos Origin will be the preferred partner for DSM to fulfil DSM resource requests for development and management activities in domains like ERP, ECM and Collaboration for applications based on technologies like SAP, Microsoft, Documentum and JAVA.

Aloys Kregting, Executive Vice President and CIO with DSM, explains: “Over the last six years, Atos Origin has proven to be a reliable SAP Hosting provider. With the new state-of-the-art hosting and data centre environment we continue to partner with Atos Origin because of their track record in these fields. This agreement enables us to offer increased flexibility and considerable cost savings. To emphasize the collaboration with Atos Origin we selected Atos Origin as our preferred application consultancy partner.”

Rob Pols, CEO at Atos Origin in the Netherlands, concludes: “This agreement emphasizes the long-term relationship between the two companies and underlines Atos Origin's position as one of DSM's strategic IT services suppliers. Through this agreement, we can demonstrate our added value by increasing flexibility and considerable cost savings. We are proud that DSM has chosen us as their preferred application consultancy partner.”

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 5.5 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.

About DSM
DSM creates innovative products and services in life sciences and materials sciences, contributing to the quality of life. DSM's products and services are used globally in a wide range of markets and applications, supporting a healthier, more sustainable and enjoyable way of life. End markets include human and animal nutrition and healthcare, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive, coatings and paints, electrical goods & electronics, life protection and housing. The company strategy, Vision 2010 – Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio. The key drivers of this strategy are market-driven growth and innovation, an increased presence in emerging economies, and operational excellence. DSM has annual sales of almost EUR 9 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and Australia. More information on DSM can be found at http://www.dsm.com/.

For more information, please contact:

DSM Corporate ICT
Mariken Koppen
+31 46 4765931
Atos Origin
Erica Prins
+31 6 30 43 73 29