Sanoma Uitgevers and Atos Origin sign new 5-year contract for outsourcing management of whole IT infrastructure
Sanoma Uitgevers, the biggest magazine publisher in the Netherlands, and Atos Origin have renewed their contract for outsourcing IT management until the end of 2013  18.12.2008

Atos Origin will be responsible for managing the whole IT infrastructure. With this move, Sanoma Uitgevers has consciously opted for single sourcing so that services previously provided by a number of third parties - like security, data centre hosting and the management of multifunctional peripherals such as printers - will now be looked after by Atos Origin.

The new contract underlines the strong relationship between the two parties which started in 2004. The contract sets out the terms and conditions for providing an extremely innovative service while keeping costs to a minimum.

“This contract marks the strengthening of the long-term relationship between Sanoma Uitgevers and Atos Origin. Because centralisation and standardisation are the mainstays of our IT strategy, we have made a conscious decision to outsource IT management to a single supplier”, says Hubert Grim, manager IO&P at Sanoma Uitgevers. “The advantage of single sourcing is that - unlike multi-sourcing where IT activities are split between various suppliers - the supplier is closely involved with our business processes. This means that the risk of integration problems arising is very small. In addition, we can achieve shorter turnaround times. Atos Origin is our partner of choice as it has the specific knowledge and expertise which we need to be able to further strengthen our market position.”

“We are really pleased that Sanoma Uitgevers has confirmed its confidence in our strategic partnership by signing this new contract. Because Atos Origin has a special media unit, we are able to meet Sanoma Uitgevers’ specific requirements for its IT systems and applications”, says Rob Pols CEO Atos Origin in the Netherlands. “This way of working combined with the scale, flexibility and decisive qualities of Atos Origin have played a crucial role in the decision to renew this contract. We are confident that we will be able to make a valuable contribution towards the realisation of Sanoma Uitgevers’ strategic goals.”