Atos Origin Opens UK Test Factory
Reducing risk and cost whilst increasing efficiency and quality of testing

London, 14 March 2007 -

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, today opens its UK Test Factory, further strengthening its capability to provide clients with more competitive and industrialised testing services, that help to minimise costs, reduce risk and ensure on-time delivery. From the factory, Atos Origin will deliver testing services to both existing clients, as well as providing independent testing services to third party organizations.

The Test Factory is one component of Atos Origin’s test services solution which covers all aspects of functional, non-functional and automated testing, from strategic consulting through to management, test development, execution and reporting.

The Test Factory has been built using Compuware Test Factory and Atos Origin proven solutions including Atos Origin’s best practice methodology which has been developed over 30 years of testing mission critical systems across all market sectors. Through the use of standardized testing tools and processes, Atos Origin is able to improve quality and so reduce the number of defects in production.

All projects at the Test Factory will be managed by a UK-based team of qualified testing professionals and delivered through an innovative model that combines off-shore (Asia), near-shore (Europe) and on-shore resources. For example, routine system and regression testing is often performed off-shore, while testing of systems that require high levels of confidentiality or stakeholder interaction are generally performed in the UK. Clients can track the progress of testing projects through a web-enabled portal that is updated in real-time.

"Testing is fundamental to guarantee quality and it accounts for up to 35% effort of the entire software development and application management lifecycle," said Jacques Cosnefroy, senior vice president, Atos Origin. "The Test Factory forms part of our overall industrialized global delivery model, enabling us to drive efficiencies through an industrialised process and to offer our customers competitive pricing."

The UK Test Factory, which has been built using Compuware software, forms part of Atos Origin’s global initiative to implement the Compuware Test Factory Solution globally to standardise testing tools, processes and procedures used by more than 20,000 employees world-wide.

The collaboration with Compuware supports Atos Origin’s strategic initiative announced earlier this month in its Transformation Program, "3 O 3", aimed at accelerating organic growth, improving efficiency and operating as a global company. The industrialization of the company’s software testing services within Systems Integration will provide a comprehensive infrastructure that standardizes service delivery to its clients and improves management control.

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 Compuware Corporation

Compuware Corporation maximizes the value IT brings to the business by helping CIOs more effectively manage the business of IT. Compuware solutions accelerate the development, improve the quality and enhance the performance of critical business systems while enabling CIOs to align and govern the entire IT portfolio, increasing efficiency, cost control and employee productivity throughout the IT organization. Founded in 1973, Compuware serves the world's leading IT organizations, including more than 90 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. Learn more about Compuware at