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Atos Origin expands Moroccan operations with new nearshore center to serve French-speaking clients
23/03/2007
Atos Origin, an international IT services company, today announced the creation of a nearshore service center in Casablanca to support its French-speaking clients. The new center will significantly accelerate development of the Atos Origin Group’s nearshore operations in Morocco.

Paris, Casablanca, 22 March 2007

As part of the development of its nearshore services solutions, Atos Origin has announced the creation of a new nearshore IT services center in Casablanca. Located on the Casashore campus, the facility will serve French-speaking customers in France, Belgium and Switzerland. This initiative supports Atos Origin’s strategic initiative announced earlier this year in its Transformation Program, "3O3", aimed at accelerating organic growth, improving efficiency and operating as a global company.

The Atos Origin Casablanca Service Center will be dedicated to French-speaking customers in the finance, telecommunications, public services, industry, automobile and retail sectors. It will provide systems integration and managed operations services, using J2EE, SAP and Oracle technologies, as well as mainframe environments. Nearshoring of IT services reduces costs to a minimum for these French-speaking customers while guaranteeing flexible service delivery and compliance with industry best practices. Customers will enjoy superior quality service at costs below those available in Europe while benefiting from a common language, identical time zones and seamless access.

The Service Center has ambitious growth objectives that will help drive development of the Group’s Global Sourcing offer. Atos Origin has plans to ramp up staffing to 250 people by end 2008 and 400 by late 2009. The center will also initiate a CMMI certification process. Atos Origin is investing some MAD 50 million (about €5 million) in the new project.

"Morocco’s Emergence Plan* is designed to align the country with the economic realities and challenges of globalization," said Luigi Giacalone, Executive Vice-President EMA (Eastern Mediterranean and Africa). "Casashore is a dedicated nearshore zone that plays a pivotal role in the development strategy of the Atos Origin Group, particularly for French-speaking countries. Atos Origin has been operating in Morocco since 2003, establishing a long-term relationship with local partners by tapping into the local pool of talent. Today, Atos Origin counts about 100 people in Morocco, with a customer portfolio that includes local market leaders in telecommunications, finance and public services."

*Emergence is a structured initiative designed to rapidly deploy high-profile development projects to improve Morocco’s economic growth and pace of development, based on dedicated offshoring zones (Casa-shore, Rabat-shore, Tangier-shore and Marrakech-shore). Through the plan, Morocco intends to achieve its legitimate position as one of the world’s most competitive emerging economies, demonstrate its ambitious vision by setting measurable objectives and double its GDP over the next 15 years.

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 5.4 billion and it employs 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 Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.