GROUPE STERIA : Steria extends commercial partnership with CAST

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Agreement to offer clients rapid diagnostics as part of Steria: RightApps Management

Paris, France, 04 September 2012 - Steria, a leading provider of IT-enabled business services, today announces that it has extended its partnership with CAST, the world leader in software analysis and measurement, to provide advanced application management services as part of the Steria: RightApps Management service. The agreement will allow Steria to spot and fix clients' application issues faster, thereby reducing complexity and risk to better enable IT transformation.

As applications continue to proliferate in the enterprise, IT teams are increasingly faced with growingly complex architectures, which can present new challenges for technology teams. The enhanced commercial agreement will address that challenge by enabling Steria clients to benefit from a Rapid Portfolio Analysis (RPA) service, based on specialist diagnostic software called CAST Highlight. This software conducts a radar sweep of clients' application environments to identify the highest 'risk zones' in the application portfolio, so RPA is intended for clients looking for a way to quickly maximise the business value of their IT portfolio, reduce the business risk associated with failures in mission-critical application software, and improve the level of trust between IT and the business.

Once the best possible route to achieving the client's business objectives in the fastest possible way has been determined, RPA will inform key decision makers whether Steria is on the right track regarding transformation services.. The agreement is a key part of the RightApps ethos to always provide clients with the right applications management solution for their business needs.

An ideal complement to the more detailed CAST Application Intelligence Platform (AIP) Services Solution already incorporated within RightApps, RPA is browser-based for ease of use, can analyse up to 50 applications in a week and, since no code is actually transferred, is completely secure with no confidentiality issues.

Marc Zablit, CAST's Executive Vice President of Business Development, comments on the partnership, "CAST is very pleased to be part of the innovative RightApps transformation program. We are very committed to Steria's industrialisation program and to making all CAST software and service capabilities successful, both for Steria's existing clients and in helping to secure new business opportunities."

Karine Brunet, Executive Vice-President, industrial service business lines, Steria, says, "Applications management is incredibly important for today's enterprise, particularly as the environment continues to evolve. Employees now demand access to a plethora of applications from a multitude of devices, putting increasing pressure on IT departments. The agreement with CAST will mean that clients can more easily identify the applications that will give them the greatest IT transformation benefits, and so realise business advantages more quickly. It is imperative that our clients are able to better manage the growing complexity of application environments now - and this agreement will help enable them to do just that".

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About Steria

Steria delivers IT enabled business services which help organisations in the public and private sectors operate more efficiently and profitably. By combining in depth understanding of our clients' businesses with expertise in IT and business process outsourcing, we take on our clients' challenges and develop innovative solutions to address them. Through our highly collaborative consulting style, we work with our clients to transform their business, enabling them to focus on what they do best. Our 20,000 people, working across 16 countries, support the systems, services and processes that make today's world turn, touching the lives of millions around the globe each day.

Founded in 1969, Steria has offices in Europe, India, North Africa and SE Asia and 2011 revenues of ¤1.75 billion. 21%(*) of Steria's capital is owned by its employees. Headquartered in Paris, Steria is listed on the Euronext Paris market.

(*): including the Employees Shares Trust in the UK
About CAST

CAST is a pioneer and world leader in Software Analysis and Measurement, with unique technology resulting from more than $100 million in R&D investment. CAST introduces fact-based transparency into application development and sourcing to transform it into a management discipline. More than 250 companies across all industry sectors and geographies rely on CAST to prevent business disruption while reducing hard IT costs. CAST is also an integral part of software delivery and maintenance at the world's leading IT service providers.

Founded in 1990, CAST is listed on NYSE-Euronext (Euronext: CAS) and serves IT intensive enterprises worldwide with a network of offices in North America, Europe and India. For more information, visit www.castsoftware.com.

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