GROUPE STERIA : French Finance Ministry Chooses Accenture-Steria Consortium To Integrate Chorus Core Functions

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Designed to integrate French government budget expenditures, non-tax receipts and accounting into a single, unified IT landscape, the Chorus project is the largest inter-ministerial program ever undertaken in France. The new software for managing state finances enables full compliance with the LOLF framework legislation on state budgets passed in August 2001.

Paris, May 15, 2007 - The Accenture-Steria consortium has been awarded the contract for lot 1 of the Chorus project, which consists in integrating the application's core functions. Working as co-contractors, Accenture and Steria have blended their expertise to address the project's challenging objectives, which include building and integrating the core functions and providing the associated Application Outsourcing (AO) services.

In addition, the consortium will be responsible for defining the framework and specifications for Chorus application deployment tools, then for building and maintaining them. The two co-contractors will also be in charge of design, development, implementation and support for the deployment portal.

The Chorus program aims to provide every French government agency, at both central and local levels, with a shared, integrated application for finance, budget and accounting management. As stipulated by LOLF legislation, the application will be interfaced with other applications such as Copernic. Operational project management is being led by the Finance Ministry's AIFE information technology agency, with input and supervision by other ministries, as well as by the budget office, the state agency for government modernization (DGME) and the government accounting office (DGCP).

Ministries currently use several different information systems to manage government finances. The Chorus project will integrate all of the systems involved in state expenditures, non-tax receipts and accounting into a single, unified IT landscape.

Based on a previously selected SAP enterprise resource planning platform, Chorus will create a powerful lever for modernizing and rationalizing the state's various budget and accounting processes. It will replace existing inter-ministerial applications, while delivering part of the functionalities currently performed by each ministry's internal management applications.

The four-year project was launched in April 2007 with a consortium team of more than 100 people. Chorus will ultimately concern more than 20,000 users. Initial deployment is scheduled for 2008, followed by rollout at all French government budget and accounting departments in 2009 and 2010.


About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.  With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance. With more than 152,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$16.65 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2006. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

About Steria
Extensive expertise in its three core businesses of consulting, systems integration and managed services has made Steria a leading end-to-end IT services provider for companies and public authorities throughout Europe.
With a revenue of ¤1.3 billion in 2006 and over 10,000 employees, Steria is one of the top ten European IT services companies.
Understanding the challenges facing its customers enables Steria to design business-specific solutions with high added value in all of its fields of expertise - the public sector and healthcare, banking and insurance, telecommunications and utilities/transport/manufacturing - as well as innovative technological solutions.
Based on over 35 years' experience in managing large-scale projects, an exceptional ability to respond and an industrial approach to business, Steria has developed a result-based culture with a commitment to service quality and customer satisfaction.
Steria's employees, who hold 24% of the Group's capital, draw on its core values of simplicity, creativity, independence, respect and openness to transform the latest and most advanced information technologies into added-value services, enabling Steria to help its customers make progress.
Steria is listed on Euronext Paris, Eurolist (Compartment B). www.steria.com.

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Accenture
Hélène KNOPF
01 56 52 74 32
helene.knopf@accenture.com
Steria
Cécile BECKERICH
+ 33 (0)1 34 88 56 73
cecile.beckerich@steria.com
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