Press Release: October 22, 2007
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HP Acquires Atos Origin Middle East Group to Broaden Systems Integration Business

GENEVA -- HP today announced that is has signed a definitiveagreement to acquire the Atos Origin Middle East group, also knownas “AOME,”(1) oneof the Middle East’s leading systems integrators, to broaden itsconsulting and integration capacity in the region.

AOME, an independent groupof companies headquartered in Bahrain, employs more than 450 peopleprimarily in its offices in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United ArabEmirates, Qatar and Libya, and is the region’s leading implementerof SAP projects.

“The Middle East is one ofour fastest growing markets and this acquisition expands ourability to better service the needs of our customers,” said KenWillett, vice president and managing director, Middle East,Mediterranean and Africa, HP. “In addition, AOME’s proven abilityto design, deploy and support large-scale enterprise resourceplanning systems based on SAP will help us capitalize on thisfast-growing market.“

The acquisition is expectedto deliver three key strategic assets to HP: enhancement of thecompany’s SAP capabilities in the Middle East; reinforcement ofHP’s expertise in two key market segments – the public sector andoil and gas; and, the extension of HP’s geographic presence intoLibya and Qatar.

“This is an exciting dayfor all of us at AOME. Joining HP’s professional services teamgives AOME the ability to be globally supported technically, givesus the financial strength to be able to better support our clients,and allows us to compete for large infrastructure projects in theregion,” said Ferras Zalt, chief executive officer, AOME. “AOME’sconsulting skills with HP’s global reach and knowledge will helpour clients in the region meet their business challenges.”

The acquisition is subjectto certain customary closing conditions. The transaction isexpected to be completed in November.

AboutAOME

The Atos Origin Middle Eastgroup is a leading systems integrator in the Middle East. Itsconsulting and system integration capabilities include design,development and delivery of mission-critical application packages,application development, integration with backend legacy systems,issuance and management of secure digital identity systems. Systemintegration services cover the full range of design, set-up,customization, training and development. In the field of managedoperations, the company offers IT and application management.


(1) The AtosOrigin Middle East group is a privately held independent group ofcompanies composed of the following entities: Atos Origin MiddleEast Ltd. (Saudi Arabia); Atos Origin Middle East SAS; AOMEHoldings ltd.; Escador GmbH; Aptitude Management Consulting WLL andAtos Origin Middle East FZ-LLC.


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