Atos Origin extends Shared Services to provide IT support

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Atos Origin extends Shared Services to provide IT support

London, 11th March 2011
Atos Origin, an international IT services company, today announced that with effect from 1 April 2011, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency, will have its IT services - including service desk, application management, desktop and IT infrastructure - delivered by Atos Origin.

This deal is a third in a series for Atos Origin in the North of Scotland having won contracts with Aberdeen City Council and FirstGroup last year. Atos Origin’s growing presence in the region will safeguard jobs and create new ones.

HIE is the latest non departmental public body to join the successful Skills Development Scotland Information Systems (IS) Shared Services agreement, which now includes other NDPBs such as Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International, and the Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission in order to transform IT to achieve efficiencies and service improvements.

HIE serves a diverse region which covers over half of Scotland and is home to almost half a million people. With around 250 staff, it supports hundreds of client businesses and social enterprises across the region, strengthens communities, particularly in fragile areas, develops key sectors, and invests in infrastructure to create a more competitive and low carbon region.

Atos Origin’s service provision will support HIE in its role, providing a shared service through which all the partner organisations can develop a common platform and pursue greater efficiencies.

Steve Langmead, Senior Vice President – Scotland, Atos Origin, said: “This is a significant expansion of the provision of shared services across the Scottish public sector, and gives Atos Origin the opportunity to increase its footprint across Scotland.”

Christopher Bingham, Vice President for Public Sector at Atos Origin UK highlighted: “This contract extends our prestigious relationship within the public sector across Scotland, and amplifies our commitment to delivering high value services across regional public services.”

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive, Highlands and Islands Enterprise said: “Efficient and effective IT systems are critical to support our performance and we are delighted to be part of the provision of shared services by Atos Origin. We believe it is important that organisations like ours collaborate wherever possible and expect the new arrangement will generate greater efficiencies for all the partners in the longer term.”

Atos Origin delivers its world-class IS capability across Skills Development Scotland, and Scottish Enterprise’s 118 sites (including its international operations through Scottish Development International) throughout Scotland and across the globe, delivering 40% reduction in their IT costs on a like-for-like basis over the contract’s five-year lifespan. In December of last year, the Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission also joined the shared service.

Damien Yeates, Chief Executive, Skills Development Scotland, said: “With this IS Shared Services agreement model - our combined vision centres on innovation stimulating productivity, cost efficiency and transformation across public services – delivering exceptional quality whilst driving costs down. We believe this is a great example of collaborative working in the public sector to deliver high quality services at the best value.”

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is a leading international Information Technology (IT) services company, providing Hi-Tech Transactional Services, Consulting, Systems Integration and Managed Services to deliver business outcomes globally. The company’s annual revenues are EUR 5.0 billion and it employs 49,000 people. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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