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Atos Origin buys Siemens IT wing in €850m deal

French services giant Atos Origin is buying Siemens IT unit Solutions and Services (SIS), after signing an €850m deal with the German multinational. Under the agreement, Siemens will be a “sustainable shareholder” of Atos Origin for at least the next five years, with a 15 per cent stake, or 12.5 million shares, worth €414m. …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Dec 2010
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Network Rail blames Atos for downtime

Network Rail has confirmed that problems with tech supplier Atos Origin on Wednesday meant it was unable to automatically update train departure boards as well as its offices losing access to the internet and external emails. An insider told us that the failure, blamed internally on a Cisco router and a spanning-tree loop, had …
John Oates, 08 Apr 2011
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Whitehall signs MoU with Atos

Atos Origin has said it is the first IT company to sign a memorandum of understanding with the government following negotiations with Francis Maude. In a statement issued on 10 September 2010, the company said: "The agreement marks the start of a new single client approach to engagement with central UK government." In July …
Kable, 14 Sep 2010
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Atos Origin suffers boardroom coup

French services firm Atos Origin suffered a boardroom coup yesterday - chief executive Phillippe Germond was ousted as chief executive and replaced by ex-finance minister Thierry Breton. The Supervisory Board did not explain why it took the action and merely thanked Germond for his contribution. Thierry Breton becomes chairman …
John Oates, 17 Nov 2008
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Atos Origin rebels propose board members

Rebel shareholders in Atos Origin have put forward three new members – including the company's founder – to the French services firm's board. Rebel shareholders from private equity funds Centaurus Capital L.P. and Pardus Capital Management L.P, vowed last week to fight the company’s refusal to grant them representation on the …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Apr 2008

DCMS inks IT deal with Atos Origin

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced a £14m contract with Atos Origin for IT services. It signifies a seven year continuation of the relationship in which the company has designed, implemented, and managed the IT infrastructure of the DCMS. Under the new contract, Atos Origin will continue to provide the …
Kablenet, 21 Dec 2007
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Atos Origin buries hatchet with rebel shareholders

Atos Origin and its two largest shareholders yesterday ended their ugly public row over the firm’s management and biz strategy after chairman Didier Cherpitel resigned. Jean-Philippe Thierry, who is currently president of insurance firm AGF Holding, will succeed Cherpitel at the French IT services company. Atos said it had …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 May 2008
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Snubbed shareholders slam Atos Origin

Atos Origin’s main shareholders have reacted angrily to the firm’s decision to block them from joining its supervisory board. UK-based Centaurus Capital IP and US-based Pardus Capital Management IP, which together hold 21.67 per cent of the French IT services company, have written a letter criticising Atos bosses following the …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Mar 2008
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Atos Origin board candidate blasts 'scandalous' talks

A potential Atos Origin candidate for the French IT services firm's supervisory board has labelled management pay-off talks as "scandalous". Colette Neuville, who is chairman of shareholder rights' group Adam, was one of three candidates proposed by some angry members of private equity funds Centaurus Capital L.P. and Pardus …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Apr 2008
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Atos Origin reports mellow and fruitful Q3

Atos Origin confirmed its revenue and operating margin targets for the full year, as it unveiled third quarter revenues today. In a revenue statement this morning, Atos Origin said third quarter revenues were €1.4bn, up 11.1 per cent on the year. Organic revenues were €1.348bn, up 6.6 per cent. The strongest growth came in its …
Joe Fay, 15 Nov 2007
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Atos Origin doing well - if you ignore UK

Atos Origin's UK arm is a drag on the firm’s recovery, interim results released today show. The French service outfit said revenues in the first half were up 7.2 per cent to €2.9bn. Operating income was &€108m, up on last year's €59m, with an operating margin of 4.1 per cent, with net profit coming in at €57m.up from €10m last …
Joe Fay, 01 Aug 2007
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Atos to 'explore strategic options'

French IT services group Atos Origin has responded favourably to expressions of interest and invited private equity buyers to take a closer look. The firm released a statement yesterday confirming that its management team has "decided to explore strategic options to support the execution of the transformation plan, to further …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2007
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Atos Origin: tough turnaround for Sema

The $1.5 billion acquisition of most of SchlumbergerSema will help Atos Origin to expand in the lucrative outsourcing and government sectors, and gain the size it needs to compete against larger, international rivals. But the integration of the business will be the biggest challenge that Atos Origin's management team has faced …
Datamonitor, 24 Sep 2003
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Atos goes back to black

Atos Origin dragged its bottom line back into the black in 2007, although the consulting arm of its business saw revenue fall by more than 11 per cent. The French IT services group's revenue was up 8.5 per cent to €5.86bn for the year ending December 31. Organic sales growth was 4.3 per cent. Managed operations revenues were €3 …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Feb 2008
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Atos wins Highways Agency £75m contract

Outsourcing outfit Atos Origin yesterday beat out rivals HP, Fujitsu, and LogicaCMG by winning a five year support contract with the Highways Agency (HA) worth £75m. The HA, which operates control centres throughout the UK's road network and currently has more than 100 contracts on the go, said it hoped the deal would slash its …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jan 2008
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Atos Origin: resilient under pressure

The September 2002 acquisition of part of KPMG Consulting's business drove Atos Origin to post a net loss and declining revenue last year. While the company may also struggle initially to absorb Sema, its latest purchase, it remains well placed overall in the IT services sector. Parisian services provider Atos Origin has …
Datamonitor, 11 Mar 2004
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Atos Origin buys Sema

Schlumberger is to offload its computer services arm to Dutch rival ATOS Origin for €1.5bn in cash and shares. ATOS Origin is effectively doubled in size by the deal. The enlarged group will have 50,000 staff and annual revenues of €5bn. SchlumbergerSEMA is sweetening the deal by agreeing, in principle, to an outsourcing deal …
Drew Cullen, 22 Sep 2003
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Northgate Managed Services boss to exit

Northgate Managed Services (NMS) is parting with long serving UK boss Andy Ross, sources have claimed. His exit follows the unsuccessful efforts to find a buyer for the business, as revealed last September, with company insiders saying the asking price was simply too high. The firm was hawked about by investment banker …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2013
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Walking in a WiFi wonderland

Olympics – summer or, in this case, winter – provide a great proving ground for telco technologies: a huge number of users of widely-varying technical literacy, lots of disparate device types, a fairly lumpy movement of users between indoor and outdoor venues, and of course, stringent security requirements. Vulture South spoke …
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DWP cuts spending with top IT supplier HP by 4%

The Department for Work and Pensions has cut spending in 2010-11 with HP and BT, but increased it with Atos Origin. HP Enterprise Services remains the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) second largest supplier, despite a drop in the government's spending with the firm. It received £629.4m in 2010-11, according to figures …
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DWP denies major IT problems with One Dole To Rule Them All system

The government's £500m plan to overhaul the benefits system is being hampered by IT problems that could yet lead to another spectacular public sector disaster at the expense of taxpayer money, Labour MPs have claimed. The Department for Work and Pensions denied that anything had gone wrong after allegations emerged suggesting …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2013
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UK Border Agency servers go titsup, thousands grounded

A computer crash yesterday left hundreds of UK workers, students and visitors without valid residence permits, creating a month-long backlog for Blighty's immigration staff to clear. IT systems at the Border Agency have reportedly suffered outages for the past few weeks, but on Thursday the organisation's Croydon office …
Anna Leach, 04 May 2012
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HP palms £316m in DWP desktop deal

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has awarded a significant desktop management contract to HP under the Desktop 21 framework agreement. The five-year £316m Desktop 21 deal covers a range of desktop services including security, print, service desk and device provision and support, and will see the DWP move to HP's …
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Train rebrand costs us dear

When National Express lost the east coast rail franchise someone had to pay to rebrand the trains and website. The total process cost £634,842 and taxpayers contributed £339,190 of this, £295,652 was picked up by National Express. The cost of repainting rolling stock was £250,000, while changing logos on the website and …
John Oates, 24 Mar 2010
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Home Office signs £430m contract extensions

The Home Office is spending £330m with Fujitsu and £100m with Atos Origin to extend existing deals with the two companies. The agreements, signed on 8 October 2009, will extend the Home Office's £550m Sirius contract with Fujitsu and the UK Borders Agency's £250m contract with Atos Origin. Some 24,000 users across the Home …
Kable, 12 Oct 2009
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DfT spends £196m with IBM

IBM took five per cent of the money spent by the Department for Transport with its 100 biggest suppliers in 2009-10. Figures released by the department in response to a Freedom of Information request from Kable show that the technology company came second on its supplier list after construction firm Balfour Beatty. Genesys …
Kable, 14 Dec 2010
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Health minister outlines tech spending

Tory MP for Hove Mike Weatherley has been bombarding the Ministry of Health with questions on its technology spending, but he's having mixed success. The first effort on Tuesday asked for a percentage of NHS IT spending which went on online services, a percentage of spending on technology which could only be maintained by its …
John Oates, 01 Jul 2010
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Fujitsu leads Home Office supplier spending

The Home Office paid Fujitsu Services £136m in 2009-10, with CSC, Atos and Raytheon among other major suppliers. Figures released by the Home Office to Kable under Freedom of Information have revealed the department's largest supplier of any kind in the 2009-10 financial year was an IT firm, but also that it splits its …
Kable, 11 Jan 2011
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Tribunal orders DWP to release IT contract details

The Information Tribunal has ordered a government department to publish most of the till-now withheld details of a major IT contract, after ruling that the public interest was served better by disclosure than secrecy. The First Tier Tribunal has said (pdf) that most of the withheld material in a contract between the Department …
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Sep 2010
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'External experts' replace Oracle on £13.2m Uni IT project

Oracle consultants implementing a £13.2m University of Glasgow student IT project have been asked to leave campus, replaced with a team of unnamed "bespoke" external experts. A university spokesperson told The Reg that the university decided its needs would best be served by continuing its long-running Student Lifecycle Project …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2010
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HP buys Arab channel biz

HP is buying the Atos Origin Middle East Group (AOME), to pump up its consulting business in the Arab world. Terms are undisclosed. AOME dubs itself the "leading Business Consulting and Systems Integration Partner in the region", covering 16 countries in five countries. The business is headquartered in Bahrain and has offices in …
Team Register, 22 Oct 2007
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Government Gateway login details found in pub car park

Key government services were taken offline over the weekend after the discovery in a pub car park of a pocket storage device containing details of the Government Gateway. The Gateway is intended to provide a central secure login service for a range of government systems, including tax credits and self assessment, so taking it …
John Lettice, 03 Nov 2008
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London Olympics gets IT chief

The organisers of the 2012 Olympics in London have finally named the man who'll be in charge of overspending on implementing its IT strategy. Gerry Pennell will leave his current job as "executive director of business transformation and shared services" [nope, dunno either] at Co-op Financial Services to take charge of IT at …
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Maude talks cost cutting with ICT suppliers

A group of prime government ICT suppliers has met Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude to discuss plans for cost cutting. A spokesperson for the Office of Government Commerce told GC News that on 8 July 2010 19 major public sector ICT suppliers were involved in "an initial meeting to discuss how money can be saved from the …
Kable, 09 Jul 2010
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Defra spent £82m with IBM last year

Spending data released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has revealed IBM to be the department's biggest supplier. The list, released by Defra under Freedom of Information on 7 June 2010, shows that it paid IBM UK a total of £82.2m in 2009-10. The firm, which provides the department with most of its IT …
Kable, 08 Jun 2010
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Atos Origin and Getronics are the targets of rumoured takeovers this morning sending shares in both soaring. Dutch company Getronics was up five per cent late last week on rumours that KPN, the Dutch telco, was lining it up for a takeover. Getronics shares were steady this morning. Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf said the company …
John Oates, 19 Mar 2007
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Gov Gateway upgrade allows for growth

The roll out of a new version of the Government Gateway will allow for increased traffic and more e-enabled public services. A partnership comprising the Cabinet Office e-Delivery Team, Atos Origin, and Microsoft have launched Version 2.0 of the Government Gateway. Called enGage, the partnership has upgraded the Gateway to …
Kablenet, 03 Oct 2007
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Outsourcing Scrooges consolidate Christmas

If you're staring blankly at your monitor reliving recent Christmas party-induced humiliation in an atmosphere of ambient contempt, spare a thought for the poor souls of Atos Origin. The French outsourcing firm's UK staff didn't get a festive knees-up at all. It was all for their own good though, as the following internal email …

IBM buys disaster recovery biz

IBM has bought Schlumberger's business continuity division for an undisclosed sum. The deal gives IBM 40 new recovery sites and an extra 10, 000 seats in Europe and the US. Schlumberger Business Continuity Services (SBCS) has long-term contracts with 750 clients. Terms of the deal were not given. The unit will be rolled into …
John Oates, 14 Apr 2004
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Accenture wins Olympic contract

The London Organising Committee (Locog) for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics Games has selected Accenture to run its back office systems. The IT consultancy firm will integrate Locog's systems and services to create a platform for the planning of the games across "functional areas". These include finance and accounting, …
Kablenet, 02 Nov 2006
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Siemens outsources IT - to itself

Siemens has handed over responsibility for its entire IT infrastructure to its struggling Siemens Business Services arm. Under a three year plan, Siemens plans to save “hundreds of millions of euros” by handing the operation of all its units’ and regions’ IT infrastructure to SBS. At the same time, the firm said, SBS will …
Joe Fay, 04 Mar 2005
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Fujitsu results: good mid-table performance

Fujitsu Services posted a good increase in revenue profits and claimed a record forward order book of £6.6bn, up from £6.5bn last year. For the year ended 31 March 2007, Fujitsu made a profit before tax of £172m, up 11.5 per cent on last year, and increased turnover by 7.5 per cent to £2,465m. CEO David Courtley said the …
John Oates, 13 Jun 2007
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Choose and Book mixes up patient appointments

The NHS hospital booking service has sent up to 340 patients incorrect appointment data, delaying a software upgrade. According to Connecting for Health (CfH), the agency in charge of the NHS National Programme for IT, a system error led to some patients receiving other people's appointment details. It said the error is still …
Kablenet, 18 Apr 2008
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Siemens cuts 3, 000 jobs

Siemens is cutting 3,000 jobs in its computer division after posting a big fall in profits. The jobs will go from outside Germany - the firm had already announced a reduction of 2,400 in the German headcount. Questions were raised about the timing of the announcement - a day after the company posted its financial results. …
John Oates, 14 Nov 2005
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Israeli scientists get into orbital traffic management

Israel's major technical university, Technion, has joined the scientific sphere of the Galileo project. It is the first Israeli involvement with the GPS alternative, and the first contract awarded by the scientific arm of Galileo. Researchers at the technical institute are part of an international consortium that is developing …
Lucy Sherriff, 07 Nov 2006
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ComputerLand UK director resigns

Gary Barrett, ComputerLand UK's IT services director, has resigned with immediate effect, the Nottingham-based reseller said today. Barrett, who joined the company from ATOS Origin, lasted just 13 months in the job. In a separate trading statement today, Computerland UK warned that growing sales and profits from its services …
Team Register, 02 Sep 2005
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Outsourcing overruns cost UK taxpayers £9bn

A think tank has called for 'root and branch change' in public services, following its damning report on ICT outsourcing Research by the European Services Strategy Unit shows that 105 outsourced public sector ICT contracts have significant cost overruns, delays and terminations. The unit examined large outsourcing contracts, …
Kablenet, 27 Dec 2007
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Scottish NHS in cervical smear security blunder

The Scottish National Health Service has postponed the launch of a new cervical smear screening system, after concerns were raised about the security of the service during a trial of the system. According to BMA News, the house magazine for British Medical Association members, Scottish Cervical Call-Recall System (SCCRS), …
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Feb 2007
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Siemens back to immigration

The UK's Immigration and Nationality Directorate welcomes back an IT supplier which was at the centre of its previous computer failures. The Home Office has commissioned Siemens Business Services (SBS) to run IT systems for processing work permit and immigration application fees, it said. The £6.7m outsourcing contract marks a …
Kablenet, 23 Feb 2006
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How much of the EU's data will the UK lose?

"Ministers have been forced to order an emergency shutdown of a key Government computer system to protect millions of people's private details. The action was taken after a memory stick was found in a pub car park containing confidential passcodes to the online Government Gateway system, which covers everything from tax returns …
David Moss, 02 Sep 2009