“Atos and the UK Department of Health sign major 5 Year IT Services Contract”

London, 30th January 2012

Atos, an international IT services company, today announced that it has been awarded a five year contract worth £74 million by the Department of Health. Under the contract, Atos will deliver an integrated IT desktop service plus a range of supporting services within the Department of Health (DH) and for some of its Arms Length Bodies.

A spokesperson for the DH said: “The procurement was conducted against the ASCC framework using an in-house team and has delivered a flexible contract that will result in savings of around 40% on the current cost of service across the life of the contract.”

The contract draws together the desktop solution for the Department and some of its Arms Length Bodies, such as, the Care Quality Commission, into a common, high-quality, integrated, shared service. It supports the aims of the Government Strategy for ICT, both in reducing costs and ensuring the necessary ICT is in place to deliver DH reforms and modernisation in 2012 and beyond.

Wayne Gibson, Senior Vice President Government and Health at Atos said: “Our new solution makes the Government's ICT Strategy, Sustainability and Open Source initiatives a reality. We will work with SMEs and use Open Source software to deliver a service that offers value for money.”

“ICT Shared Services is a core business for Atos and, as a company committed to service excellence, we will ensure that migration to the new solution is as seamless and easy as possible. We will deliver a scalable, robust and cost-effective service for people working in the Department and those Arms Length Bodies who will also use our service.”

The Atos solution is built using existing good practices together with modern desktop solutions to provide a people-centric service that enables flexible and collaborative working. To ensure a minimum impact on people and to help drive continuous service improvement, Atos will deliver a comprehensive internal communication programme and people training. It will also deliver a new data centre infrastructure, enabling maximised applications performance, reliability and availability on the desktop, with the flexibility to scale cost effectively.

About Atos
Atos is an international information technology services company with annual revenues of €8.6 billion and 74,000 employees in 42 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid. For more information visit Atos UK.

For more information, contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos
Tel: +44 20 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atos.net