“Atos supports Darty with the outsourcing and development of its IT infrastructure”

Paris, 14 May 2013

on-demand multi-technology IT, in line with the brand's development strategy.

Atos, an international information technology services company, has announced that it has been awarded a five-year IT outsourcing contract by Darty, one of Europe's largest electrical retailers.

 

Darty France, a member of Darty PLC Group, sought to combine its IT hosting, operations and service continuity activities in a single service provider. The leader in the household appliances market has selected Atos to develop and rationalise its multi-technology IT infrastructure - Mainframe, AS400, Open and AIX - to achieve a perfect fit with its business strategy and to ensure maximum quality of service on a day-to-day basis.

 

"By entrusting our IT infrastructure to a partner such as Atos, we are pursuing two major business objectives", remarks Patrick Terrier, Darty SVP IT & Logistics. "Firstly, we wish to have powerful on-demand IT capability which can adapt to the peaks and variations of business activity in our stores. Additionally, we want to ensure 24/7 availability of our Darty.com web shop, an essential element of our commercial strategy. The type of contract proposed by Atos perfectly addresses the variability of our needs in terms of performance and ensures that we have more direct feedback on changes in our IT infrastructure costs".

 

Following completion of a transitional phase in July 2012, Atos has managed the end-of-year period perfectly, ensuring far-reaching availability of applications and providing the performance level needed to successfully cope with peak loads. The transformation to an on-demand model has been implemented without any negative impact on Darty users. With infrastructure hosting based on a strong server virtualization component, Atos, from its various data centres, supplies Darty with resources and powerful, adaptable, on-demand IT capability, in addition to offering commitments concerning IT systems availability and the responsiveness of operations teams.

 

"Among a very strong competition, Atos has convinced Darty because of its industrial expertise, which covers all of Darty's technologies, and its experience in the retail field, proven by the numerous retailers which depend on Atos outsourcing services. Atos' business expertise was the basis of an innovative proposal on architecture which is ideally suited to Darty's needs," said Laurent Kocher, CEO of Atos in France.

About Darty plc

 

Darty group is a leading cross channel service led electrical retailer operating over 450 stores in 8 European countries and achieving 11% of its products sales on the web. It generated an annual turnover of nearly €4 billion in 2011/12 through three operating segments: Darty (France), Other established businesses (which consists of Vanden Borre in Belgium, BCC in the Netherlands, and Datart in the Czech Republic and Slovakia), and Developing businesses (which consist of Darty Spain and Darty Turkey). Its ordinary shares are listed with the UK Listing Authority and trade on the market for listed securities on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol DRTY.L. It is also listed on the Premier Marche of the Paris Stock Exchange.
For further information, please visit the company's website, www.dartygroup.com

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About Atos

 

Atos SE (Societas europaea) is an international information technology services company with annual 2012 revenue of EUR 8.8 billion and 76,400 employees in 47 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transports; Financial Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities. 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 :

Anne de Beaumont
+33 6 23 76 19 41
anne.debeaumont@atos.net