“Atos launches trends report Ascent Look Out: a vision for 2014 and beyond”

Paris, 24 September 2013

Anticipating the new opportunities and challenges created by the emergence of new technologies

Atos, an international IT services company, unveiled its fifth edition of its independent trends report. A truly collaborative creation, Ascent Look Out brings together the insights of over 200 contributors from various geographies, business lines and industries across Atos. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the emerging trends, business needs and technologies that will be driving innovation in 2014 and beyond.

The report presents clear and independent market-sector information to help clients make key strategic decisions about their businesses and to anticipate new challenges created by the emergence of new technologies both now, and in the future. Atos looks for continued improvements and therefore offers its trends report in five editions, each dedicated to 5 individual sub-markets: Energy & Utilities; Financial Services; Manufacturing, Retail & Services; Public Sector, Healthcare & Transports; Telecoms, Media & Technology.

Business Mobility:  disruptive technologies and opportunities offered by mobile devices.


This edition's ‘Focus On' section is dedicated to Business Mobility, which explains how solutions can turn context—information about a person's actual current situation such as life moments, location, time and activity —into innovative services. 

Employees and consumers now have a direct connection to services in their pocket. At the end of 2012, the world was counting 6.2 billion active mobile subscriptions and 1.1 billion smartphones had been sold. This is expected to rise to 10 billion by 2016 — that's approximately 1.4 devices per capita. With such widespread adoption of mobile devices, organizations cannot afford to ignore mobile as a platform and the opportunities that Business Mobility brings. Business Mobility is about empowerment—it is about empowering consumers, employees, partners, patients, students and citizens in the context of where they are and what they are doing. To achieve this, companies must analyze the context of these hundreds of thousands of individuals in real time and marry this information with cross-channel digital intelligence. Only then it is possible to proactively deliver the right service, at the right time, in the right place and to the right person, all communicated via the most effective channel for adherence to personal data regulations.


Gilles Grapinet, Senior Executive Vice President Global Functions at Atos said: “The world today is very different to the one we saw just five years ago when we issued the first edition of Ascent Look Out. The economic crisis which started in 2007 is still developing its effects in many countries. Reduction of public deficits and debts is at the highest level in political agendas, while forgotten tensions among geopolitical blocks are reemerging. New technology in parallel is enabling better informed decision-making while increasing efficiency. This is supported by the digital natives who have come of age and are using technology to exploit the vast, and growing, volumes of data.
We are proud to issue the fifth edition of our in-depth trends report that is embraced by our customers worldwide. Ascent Look Out aims to raise awareness of the emerging trends, business needs and technologies that will drive innovation and we believe that early adopters of business mobility tools will gain competitive advantage from the many potential opportunities it offers.”


Visit the Ascent Look Out website

Download the pdf

App for Apple and Android tablets (available soon)

About Atos


Atos SE (Societas europaea) is an international information technology services company with annual 2012 revenue of EUR 8.8 billion and 77,000 employees in 47 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers IT services in 3 domains, Consulting & Technology Services, Systems Integration and Managed Services & BPO, and transactional services through Worldline. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail & Services; Public sector, Healthcare & 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 NYSE Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Worldline and Atos Worldgrid.

About Ascent - Thought Leadership Program from Atos


Designed for sharing thought leadership with our partners and clients, the Ascent initiatives highlight the importance Atos places on research, development and innovation. The Ascent initiatives helps to ensure that Atos delivers the best and most advanced solutions, helping its client stay ahead of the game. Further to Ascent Look Out:


  • Ascent Journey 2016 provides an in-depth analysis of the key technological trends that will have a major impact through to 2016
  • Ascent White Papers provide expert insights, practical tips and a thorough understanding of how organizations can use technology to drive business growth and achieve successful transformation. 
  • Ascent Magazines provide inspirational, forward-looking views on selected business technology themes.
  • A series of Ascent events have been organized across several countries to allow our top clients to meet thought leaders and Atos experts.
  • Built on Ascent Journey 2016 and Ascent Look Out, the more operational and intimate Atos Innovation Workshops help Atos clients to drive innovation in daily business



Bénédicte Brissart-Rullier

Tel +33 (0) 1 73 26 13 97



Anne de Beaumont

Tel +33 (0)6 23 76 19 41