“Novell hands out European award to Atos Origin”

Paris, London, 23 April 2009

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, has won the prestigious Novell award “Best EMEA Partner of 2008 for Identity & Security Management (ISM)”. The award was won based on Atos Origin's consistent quality delivery across the region, proactive support with customer wins and effective implementation of Novell's Identity & Security Management technology with customers across all market sectors in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Atos Origin and Novell have a long term worldwide strategic partnership that was extended last year to include Identity & Security Management as this area continues to be an important topic in boardrooms around the globe. Companies must manage users and control their access, mitigate security risks, and comply with a growing list of government and industry regulations. The combination of Atos Origin's experience integrating new solutions into existing IT environments, and Novell's commitment to building interoperability into its products, eliminates the need to rip-and-replace existing infrastructure to implement the security controls that clients need.

Atos Origin's innovative solutions and end-to-end approach to security and compliance challenges address the full threat landscape from business risks, technology, people and process and operations. As one of the key strategic offerings of the group, Identity and Security Management (ISM), leverages Atos Origin's unique mix of consulting, system integration and management operations to deliver pragmatic and efficient answers to its customers' security and compliance challenges. Novell delivers identity and access management technologies that are consistently recognized as the best in the industry. Thanks to a strong vision, superior products and its ability to execute, Gartner has given Novell leader status in three key Magic Quadrants' user provisioning, enterprise single sign-on and Web access management.

René Baas, Senior Vice President Global Managed Operations at Atos Origin mentioned:“ Novell has built its product capabilities from the ground up, and continues to drive innovation and thought leadership for its clients. Atos Origin provides solutions that bring these technologies to life in ways that meet the unique needs of companies around the globe. Today we have implemented several projects with Novell that have proven to be successful. We are delighted to have received the accolade for best EMEA ISM partner award which underlines the outstanding relationship and continued commitment by both companies to a successful long-term collaboration”.

“Looking back to 2008, Atos Origin did not only deliver on our joint focus areas, we even expanded into additional countries. We started co-operating on vision and strategy, which influenced not only product development on the Novell side to support our partner better, it also lead to the creation of Atos Origin's strategic offering around Identity Management and Compliance. But even more important to the pure business aspect, we developed trust between our companies and a close relationship between people and this is the ultimate key to better joint customer satisfaction and success ”, said Markus J. Krauss, Vice President Identity & Security Management EMEA at Novell.

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 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.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers the best engineered, most interoperable Linux platform and a portfolio of integrated IT management software that helps customers around the world reduce cost, complexity and risk. With our infrastructure software and ecosystem of partnerships, Novell harmoniously integrates mixed IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one. For more information, visit www.novell.com.

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Atos Origin
Jose de Vries
+31 6 30 27 26 11
Amie Johnson
+ 1 801 861 2893