Press Release:

Reed Elsevier Chooses HP to Design Global eBusiness Infrastructure, Supply Software Worldwide

$40 Million to $60 Million Three-year Agreement Crowns 'End-to-end' Solution

HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced that Reed Elsevier plc (NYSE:RUK, ENL), calling on "the only player that can help us do this," will be supplied all Microsoft® and other software under multi-year volume licensing agreements managed by HP Services.

Reed Elsevier encompasses more than 37,000 seats throughout 40 operating companies around the world. Design efforts for the global print and electronic publishing house's enterprise infrastructure and messaging system in which these applications will run were developed by Compaq during the period leading up to today's launch of the new HP.

"We needed a really holistic view of this project. It wasn't about hardware. It wasn't about software. It wasn't about services. It was about all three working in harmony," said Nigel Stevens, vice president, Reed Elsevier Information Systems and Global Alliances Worldwide. "The software agreement is important, yet only reflects the outcome of a much longer process of understanding our challenges, designing the eBusiness environment we've long wanted, and now fulfilling it worldwide."

"This is one of those assignments that gives us immense satisfaction from the total craft of what we do for customers," said Ann Livermore, executive vice president, HP Services. "In Reed Elsevier, we have a marvelous customer whose entire business depends on global communication to achieve their vision of excellence in publishing. We thrive on applying technology astutely to help global enterprises like theirs meet and solve their unique challenges."

Compaq was already Reed Elsevier's primary provider for enterprise services and platforms including a variety of AlphaServers, industry-standard ProLiant servers, SAN storage systems, and Evo desktop and notebook PCs.

About Reed Elsevier

Reed Elsevier plc ( is a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science & medical, legal, education and business-to-business industry sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high value and flexible information solutions to professional end users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet. Building on its strong position in key markets and its established brands and content, the company is investing aggressively in the migration of its portfolio to electronic delivery, with links to a wide range of content-related services and transactional capabilities.

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