Monday, Jul 28, 2014
ARTICLE: TBR Perspective Atos’ 2016 Ambition plan sets a clear strategy for the firm’s growth: Leverage strengths in managed services (MS) and consulting & systems integration (C&SI), commit to disruptive and innovative offerings (with cloud computing as a key growth area), expand reach in North America and emerging geographies, and enhance its position in the payment market through Worldline. With its strategy in place, the firm is in execution mode to overcome its growth challenges, as 2013 revenue declined 0.9% year-to-year at constant scope and exchange rates. Atos is positioning as an end-to-end consult-design-build-run service provider, consolidating its previously separate consulting and technology services with its SI service line and tightening the relationship with the MS service line. Atos’ strategy to align its C&SI business by its four core vertical markets and begin to develop industry-specialized MS offerings will help the firm increase the value and attractiveness of its portfolio. The firm’s investments to augment its traditional portfolio with offerings around technology trends such as cloud, big data and analytics, mobility, smart utilities, and digital security will help support long-term revenue growth and accelerate global expansion. While 2014 will be a year of recovery for the firm, with a difficult 1H14 but anticipated growth improvement in 2H14, the 2016 Ambition plan will enable the firm to reach its three-year target to increase organic revenue by 2% to 3% CAGR from 2014 to 2016.