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Dutch Ministry of Defence chooses Atos Origin as SAP® Implementation partner for the SPEER program


Paris, 11 May 2006 - The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Atos Origin have signed a six-year contract to implement SAP® applications, based on Defence Industry Solutions (DFPS), covering the MoD’s finance and logistics operations. These implementations are part of the MoD’s overall SPEER (Strategic Program for ERP Enabled Change) program.

The DFPS solution is also being implemented by SAP and partners in America, UK, Germany and Norway for other Ministries. Due to the enormous size, duration and complexity of this program several renowned ICT and Consulting companies will collaborate to ensure the success of SPEER within the MoD. Atos Origin is one of the partners that have been chosen to implement the ICT component of around 40 to 50 SPEER projects in the Netherlands.

The SPEER project sees the Dutch MoD redesign and implement MoD-wide common financial and logistic processes using the SAP Defence Industry Solution (DFPS). This solution is specifically designed to support operational activities during peacetime, peacekeeping and combat situations. SPEER has already been running for 2 years in the initiation phase and will continue with the implementations for several years. In total approximately 12,000 end users will be trained and the vast majority of SAP modules will be implemented (e.g. FI/CO, IS-PS, DFPS, HR, MM, SD, EH&S, APO, SRM, BW, Portal).

Peter ‘t Jong, Executive Vice President Sales & Client Management at Atos Origin, says: “ The SPEER program enjoys a high profile within the national political environment and will be closely monitored by many stakeholders. This is an excellent opportunity for Atos Origin to showcase itself within the Defence and Public Sector markets, and to demonstrate that we are able to successfully manage and deliver large and complex projects. During this program a wide spectrum of competences from Atos Origin will be used, ranging from process consultancy to architecture, from data conversion to training, and from testing to transition management.”

Atos Origin has over 20 years experience working with SAP applications and is an SAP Global Services Partner, a SAP Global Hosting Partner, and a member of the SAP NetWeaver® Partnership Initiative. Atos Origin has more than 4,400 SAP consultants around the globe and operates SAP Certified Data Centres in all geographical regions. The company is SAPPHIRE sponsor - the highest level sponsorship – during SAPPHIRE® ‘06, an international SAP event that takes place in Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles from 30 May till 1 June 2006. Atos Origin experts will be available on Atos Origin booth 2.7.

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 47,000 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 the Dutch Ministry of Defence
The Dutch Ministry of Defence includes the Royal Air Force, Army, Navy and Military Police and currently employs around 70,000 people, with defence expenditures for 2004 amounting to 7.7 billion euros.


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