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January 2006

Bull launches Open Energy, the first comprehensive Open Source software services offering, therefore capitalizing in its experience as an IT maker, software publisher and systems integrator

Designed to respond to both private and public sector customers’ needs as they seek to integrate Open Source software components into their information systems, Open Energy enables organizations to capitalize on all the advantages of the 0pen Source world – standardization, flexibility, cost-effectiveness, control… – whilst also benefit from customized services, from porting to development, and including integration, support and training.

Offering a coherent and professional approach to all the key tasks involved in deploying Open Source solutions, the four main strands of the Open Energy offering are:

Open Access (SUPPORT). Bull’s solution which gives customers access to its professional infrastructure, offering comprehensive support for a range of tried and tested Open Source components as well as for Open Source software stacks selected by its customers. Bull takes into account all the key aspects of project management, performance guarantees and measurement tools. The company will call on its R&D capabilities to provide level 3 and 4 support, as well as on its own support organization BTS (Bull TeleServices) with its 20 years experience in support and three large-scale call centers processing in excess of 20,000 calls a year.
Open Exchange (PORTING). This solution is designed to enable the porting of operational applications from existing software stacks to the customer’s chosen Open software stacks. Whether this involves server or desktop environments, the porting exercise guarantees that application costs will be reduced, and provides greater independence, thanks to the ready availability of source code, and increased scalability on application rebuilding projects.
Open Service (DEVELOPMENT). Bull puts the company’s worldwide network of services centers at the service of its customers for major development projects conceived around open systems technologies such as Java, J2EE and PHP. This highly secure resource offers total visibility of development work and is backed by a highly adaptable methodology ensuring flexibility, standardization and adaptation to customer needs.
Open Enterprise (INTEGRATION). Bull integrates Open Source components into collaborative working projects (workflow, email messaging…), portals, information exchange systems (message broker), EAI (Enterprise Application Integration) and ESB (Enterprise Services Bus), as well as providing a services platform incorporating open components, conforming to J2EE standards. This platform has been further enriched with Bull’s own developments, including the JOnAS application server, the Bonita workflow engine and the eXo portal. It enables business applications to be built, integrated, implemented, secured and administered, as well as the implementation of Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs).

These services capitalize on Bull’s centers of expertise in R&D (in Grenoble, Paris and Phoenix/USA), services (in Bordeaux, Grenoble, Paris, Beijing, Sao Paulo and Warsaw) and production. As part of the professional packaging of these offerings, Bull is planning to open a new Services Center at the Grenoble technology center dedicated to Open Source and new technologies, in 2006. With the number of engineers at the center set to rise to over 100 from 2006, it will enable Bull’s customers to carry major development programs with complete security and flexibility.

The services on offer are based around software forge technologies, which enable the design, development and maintenance of distributed applications on an industrial scale. At the heart of this resource is Bull NovaForge™ which provides a shared, ready to use tool that utilizes proven and secure distributed development methodologies. NovaForge has been used successfully for many years by Bull’s own R&D teams on some of the largest distributed development programs and to support worldwide collaboration with Open Source communities. The technology enables teams to make optimum use of knowledge and experiences, through collaboration between project managers, system architects, experts and developers.



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