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Atos Origin and WM-data announced today that WM-data will acquire the
Nordic operation of Atos Origin and that the parties have entered into an
Extended Enterprise Agreement, which will provide an industry-leading
vehicle for offering and delivering IT services to their respective

Atos Origin has a qualified customer base in Scandinavia, which is
currently supported by a local staff of approximately 90 people in several
locations. As part of the agreement WM-data will offer all of the
employees a new employment in local WM-data companies. WM-data also
acquires relevant business and assets.

Under the agreement both companies seek to expand their geographic
presence by working together to serve their customers in markets where the
other has a stronger position. Atos Origin has a formidable presence in
France, The Netherlands and many other European markets and can also
provide support in parts of Eastern Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.
WM-data has corresponding strengths in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and
Finland. The alliance will be able to provide a full range of services
across all of the above territories, including consulting and design,
applications development, systems integration and information systems

Bernard Bourigeaud, Chairman of the management Board and CEO of Atos
Origin added "This marks the first step in realising the goals of our new
company and it is an important agreement that will enable Atos Origin to
provide its customers with end-to-end service and support across every
European market. WM-data is a well established and excellent company which
shares many of the same values as Atos Origin and I am looking forward to
work with them".

Lars Harrysson, CEO of WM-data said "We welcome the Atos Origin employees
to WM-data and look forward to providing quality services to the Atos
Origin customers, many of whom are already WM-data customers. Through our
discussions regarding the nordic market it became clear that our two
companies saw many opportunities to support each other also outside of
this acquisition and I am very much looking forward to our future

For further information please contact:

Crister Stjernfelt, WM-data, +46-(0)8-670 20 55 -

Marie-Tatiana Collombert, Atos Origin, +33 (0)1 49 00 96 33 -

WM-data is one of the Nordic area's leading IT companies. Group sales for
1999 amounted to SEK 12 720 million and the number of employees are now
approximately 8,500.
WM-data's business concept is to provide "customer benefit through a
complete range of IT-related services". And that means that WM-data offers
solutions in all areas of information technology.
For more information, visit the company website at

Atos Origin, a leading e-services provider, enables clients to turn their
objectives into value driven results through effective use of e-business
and IT solutions. The company's 27,000 employees deliver innovative
solutions and strong industry experience to better manage the entire value
network for companies and extended enterprises. Atos Origin currently
operates in 33 countries worldwide, with sales of EUR 2.8 billion in 1999.
Customers include ABN-Amro, Akzo Nobel, BNP Paribas, Cegetel / Vivendi,
Crédit Lyonnais, Euronext, FIAT, ICI, Lucent Technologies, Philip Morris,
Philips, Shell and Unilever. For more information, visit the company
website at

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