Atos Origin becomes a major player in Enterprise Content Management
ECM applications market growing annually by more than twelve percent

Utrecht, 13 September 2007 -

The market for Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is expanding fast. Market research shows that ever more companies understand the important optimizing role a company-wide ECM strategy can play in managing, exchanging and archiving different types of information flows. The Dutch market is expected to grow by more than twelve percent annually through to 2010. Atos Origin, an international IT services provider, offers an integrated range of solutions that enables organizations set up data flows efficiently, safely and cost-effectively.

Enterprise Content Management is synonymous with technology, resource and method integration across an entire organization for the purpose of generating, processing, sharing and archiving data. Since 2006, an increasing number of companies have come to realize the importance of organization-wide content-management, according to market research carried out by analysis experts Strategy Partners. Yet despite this, the IT infrastructures of many organizations are a collection of divergent systems and applications. The cumbersome, expensive and silo-like architecture that used to be common ground, is now making way for a shared, flexible and transparent infrastructure.

Atos Origin’s strong market position

For the last four year, Strategy Partners has conducted annual studies of market positions, developments and trends in the Dutch ECM market. "Over the past four years, we have seen Atos Origin develop into one of the leading companies in the area of ECM consultancy – via their Atos Consulting division – and implementation. The recently completed study into 2006 market positions shows that Atos Origin was involved in the highest number of new projects started last year", says Hans Kaashoek, Managing Partner of Strategy Partners Nederland.

Accessibility and coherence

"Enterprise Content Management is a rising priority for many companies. More stringent rules regarding financial accountability and process monitoring are forcing companies to seek new and more efficient methods to fulfil their legal obligation to provide information. Accessibility and coherence are key here, explains Hans Kaashoek. "Making data available to employees via a single common infrastructure results in greater uniformity in managing unstructured data, higher productivity and, possibly, significant savings."

Although the study reveals that eight out of ten international companies expect to have a functioning ECM architecture in place by 2008; developing and implementing a coherent, company-wide ECM strategy remains a challenge for many. "ECM affects every aspect of an organization, from mailroom to boardroom. Atos Origin offers organizations an integrated portfolio of services and can help them develop solid strategies for streamlined work processes, data exchange, both internal and external, and full compliance with the relevant legislation and regulations", according to Kees Stam, Partner at Atos Consulting. "In the case of banks, insurers, government agencies and a number of other specific sectors, especially, this is a reason to opt for a comprehensive ECM environment."

ECM Scan

Successfully implementing an Enterprise Content Management system involves a number of stages. Using the so-called ECM Scan, Atos Origin compares the state of an organization’s ECM development, from various perspectives, to current business drivers. This results in a complete picture of the organization’s current and desired situation and allows priorities to be set in developing a sustainable ECM environment. Atos Origin offers organizations a fully integrated service – from consultancy, innovation and system integration to management and maintenance – whose scalability and flexibility allows it to be adjusted to an organization’s individual needs.

Atos Origin collaborates with several major players including Alfresco, EMC2|Documentum, Global360, IBM/FileNet, Microsoft, OpenText/Hummingbird, Oracle/PeopleSoft, SAP and Tridion.

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.

About Atos Consulting

Atos Consulting, the global consulting practice of Atos Origin, is a leading provider of business, process and technology consulting services. With more than 2,500 staff globally, it focuses on delivering proven, pragmatic solutions to the telecom, manufacturing, financial services and public sectors.

Strategy Partners

Strategy Partners is an innovative research company offering research and strategic advice services to the specific ECM and BRM segments of the IT market. They provide business-driven, pragmatic and actionable advice to help organizations acquire suitable solutions or systems and to implement them effectively. The company’s research and consultancy services also extend to organizations involved in IT-related mergers/acquisitions and strategic alliances. For IT vendors, system integrators and service companies, Strategy Partners provide crucial go-to-market strategies, current market qualification and segmentation services as well as the in-depth analysis and intelligence needed to better serve and exploit their European markets.