The global IT firm Atos has consolidated its North Texas presence into a new headquarters for the company’s $2.3-billion North America region, as the region continues to play a bigger role in the company’s future.

About 650 employees will be based at the new, 100,000-square-foot location on Regent Boulevard in Irving. The company invested $12 million in the project, which includes a Business Technology and Innovation Center. The BTIC – one of eight the company has globally but the first in the U.S. – serves as a tech-fueled hub to present innovations to new and potential clients.

“We have room to grow, and a lot of the go-forward hiring will be concentrated in the DFW area,” said Charley LeMaster, Atos’ senior vice president for sales and marketing.

The company is looking to occupy the entire building, which would mean taking over the final floor from an existing tenant. With the additional floor, the headquarters would grow to 140,000 square feet. There’s also available space for expansion inside the portion the company occupies now, LeMaster said.

Atos, which has its global headquarters in France, does yearly revenue of about $14.4 billion, employing more than 100,000 people across the world.

It bought into a significant North Texas presence with the 2015 acquisition of Xerox’s IT operation, at a price tag of about $1 billion. The division stemmed from Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) Inc., which Xerox acquired for $6.4 billion in 2010.

Atos acquired Dallas-based Anthelio Healthcare Solutions last year for $275 million. Chad Harris, president of the company’s North America region, told the Dallas Business Journal at the time that the company will grow its local employee base to as many as 2,000 people within the next five years.

With North America emerging as Atos’ largest geographic business unit, consolidation became a priority.

“We concentrated a lot of those disparate employees that were either virtual or in the legacy Xerox organization into this campus location,” LeMaster said.

While technology has allowed more employees than ever to work remotely, LeMaster said, the company is making a push to bring its DFW employees back into offices.

“Our philosophy is that there’s always going to be a level of home-office,” he said. “But we feel like when you bring people into an office, you’re going to get a far better sense of collaboration and exchange.”

Presented by Dallas Business Journal, August 28, 2017

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