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Atos Origin is the first in Europe to have obtained four new Capability Maturity Model Level 3 certifications (CMM3)

Atos Origin is continuing its ambitious programme to implement the "Capability Maturity Model" (CMM) and has announced that four of its technological centres have recently obtained CMM3 certification: Grenoble, Rennes, Naples and Kuala Lumpur and that 80 managers have also been granted Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification by the Project Management Institute. Atos Origin already has certified centres: CMM5 in Mumbai, CMM3 in Veldhoven, CMM2 in Madrid and is about to obtain CMM2 certification for Sao Paulo and CMMI3 certification for Nottingham.

Annie COMBELLES, Chairwoman of Q-Labs (which worked alongside Atos Origin throughout the entire certification programme) stresses that: "The CMM model is a major competitive asset in the market-place and, of all the European computer services companies, Atos Origin is the most advanced in terms of improving the overall approach to managing, developing and maintaining software programmes. The new CMM3 certifications have been obtained in record time (9 months) and are totally consistent with the other sites either already or in the process of being certified"

Hubert Tardieu, Senior Vice President Global Service Delivery at Atos Origin adds "CMM certification is an internationally recognised model for evaluating the maturity of software programme development activities within companies. It is a great achievement for Atos Origin to have CMM certification at these four new centres. Indeed, this certification is the culmination of a long-term quality approach, which takes into account client satisfaction in a complex organisational environment where cost-cutting has become an increasingly important economic imperative. The group will continue to extend this initiative to other sites"

This action plan, initiated at the beginning of 2003 and implemented over a period of one year, is part of a Global Sourcing strategy and has been formulated to standardise reference norms (methods, business-line processes, systems, codification etc…). One of its objectives is to increase the company’s capacities with regard to distributed developments. The plan should eventually provide a platform for implementing projects and Tierces Maintenances Applicatives (maintenance contracts) in "onshore", "nearshore" and/or "offshore" development environments.

The improvements encompassed within the CMM model are far-reaching and included significant enhancements to working tools, systems and procedures. As a result, the certified teams have tighter control over procedures, more accurate forecasts can be made with regard to results and commitments are easier to respect. Production costs are optimised, Best Practices are incorporated more efficiently and the introduction of project assessment summaries represents genuine progress. The working environment is consequently becoming more industrial and mature, and teams can focus their efforts on essential aspects that will ensure success.

Capability Maturity Model
The SW-CMM was originally designed by Watts Humphrey in the middle of the Eighties and was developed under the management of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg (USA). This model has now become the de facto standard for evaluating and improving software development procedures such as project, risk and change management, and quality assurance. With the CMM model, the SEI has built an efficient tool for modelling, defining and measuring the maturity of the procedures implemented by companies developing and maintaining systems that are dependant on the software programme.

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is granted by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a non profit-making association founded in 1969 in Philadelphia, which today has 100,000 members.