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February 17, 1999

IT SERVICES: GROUPE EURIWARE LOOKS BEYOND YEAR 2000

By CBR Staff Writer

Groupe Euriware, one of France’s Top 20 IT services companies, is amongst the many consultancy and service companies that are considering their roles after providing solutions for the Year 2000 problem. Already thinking about what happens next. Philippe Loeb, Euriware chairman said recently: We have to prepare now for the post-2000 period, and not remain focused on the problem of the bug. Although over 40 companies have used Euriware’s Y2K services, the company makes 85% of its revenues from systems integration and outsourcing via its main company, Euriware SA, and three subsidiaries. Ifatec, 100% owned by Euriware, specializes in inter/intranet and distributed information systems, under the umbrella term of new technology. Euriware also owns 49% of SAP integration specialist Axisse, and 51% of Czech IT services pioneer PragoData. The company’s partner program is extensive. Euriware counts some of the big players among its partners, including SAP AG, Microsoft Corp, IBM Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co and Sun Microsystems Inc. Euriware boasts it is a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider – its Ifatec subsidiary implements messaging and groupware solutions based on Microsoft Exchange Server among other MS products. Euriware’s consulting interest, 15% of its revenues, is largely made up of Eurisys Consulting, its wholly-owned subsidiary, and 51%-owned Product Edge Associates (PEA), the French IT consultancy it acquired at the beginning of 1999. Together, this arm of Euriware employs almost 100 consultants and expects 1999 revenues of almost FF100m ($17m, $10m from Eurisys). PEA focuses on supply chain and product data management, mainly in the heavy manufacturing sector, and counts Renault, Air France Industries, and SNCF among its customers. It reported 1998 revenues of FF32m ($5.5m) and claims to have an average annual growth of 40%. Groupe Euriware as a whole reported 1997 revenues of just over FF1bn ($171m), and expects this to increase to FF1.23bn ($210m) when it reveals its 1998 figures. It employs approximately 1370 staff among its companies. Although the group is restricted to France and the Czech Republic in its geographical spread, its international operation is aided by its links to its parent company, SGN Group. SGN’s offices can provide logistical support and a base of operations for Euriware staff internationally, across EU countries like Germany and England, as well as, among others, the USA, Russia, Brazil, Japan, and China. SGM is itself owned by French nuclear waste recycler COGEMA.

This article is part of ComputerWire’s European Computer Services information service. Some articles from the service are being provided to ComputerGram subscribers for a trial period only.

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