The origins of Atos
Atos SE (Societas europaea) is an international information technology services company with annual 2012 revenue of EUR 8.8 billion and 76,400 employees in 47 countries. It was formed on July 1st 2011 from Atos Origin and Siemens IT Solutions and Services GmbH.
Atos Origin was formed in 2000 when Atos and Origin merged. It grew steadily, not only through acquisition but also through outsourcing deals, staff and technology transfers. In 2002, KPMG Consulting’s businesses in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands were acquired to establish Atos Consulting. This transaction provided the Group with a major presence in the Consulting segment of the IT services market.
In 2004 the Sema Group was acquired from Schlumberger in January 2004, thereby creating one of the leading European IT services companies. At the time of the acquisition, Sema Group employed 20,000 staff and generated annual revenues of approximately EUR 2.4 billion. Atos Origin employed 26,500 staff, generating annual revenues of more than EUR 3 billion.
The acquisition of SIS and the Siemens partnership is the logical continuation of the Atos strategy. With a workforce of more than 48,000 employees, Atos Origin generated revenues of over EUR 5 billion during the year 2010.
Where Siemens IT Solutions and Services comes from
Siemens IT Solutions and Services was formed during a groundbreaking merger in 2007 which saw Siemens Business Services (Germany), Programme and System Engineering (Austria), Siemens Information Ltd (India), Business Innovation Centre (Switzerland) and Development Innovations and Projects (Greece) united under the umbrella of Siemens IT Solutions and Services –called SIS internally (a division of Siemens AG.).
Made up of two business units, IT solutions and outsourcing services, SIS provides strong business technology as well as an extensive range of services and solutions. With a workforce of more than 32,000 employees, Siemens IT Solutions and Services generated revenue of EUR 3.7 billion during the year 2010. With over 75% of that revenue from outside the Siemens network.
The new Atos SE
May 30th Atos’ shareholders were asked by the Board of Directors to decide on the status transformation of Atos SA, the Holding company of Atos Group, from a French “Société Anonyme” to a “Societas Europaea” (European company). Following the acquisition of SIS in July 2011, Atos has become a European leader in IT services. 85 percent of our turnover and 75 percent of our workforce is now spread equally across the main European countries including; Germany, France, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Scandinavia and Central Europe. It’s for these reasons that the board of directors aspired to reinforce Atos’ European credentials, towards both its employees and clients – by changing the company status from a French company to a European company. This transformation is fully consistent within our Group’s history – Atos is not made up of a collection of national subsidiaries; our aim is to be a united, global company, bound together by common values. The transformation of Atos into a European company is an undeniable vehicle of substantial assets for our company without triggering any structural modification.