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May 2006
At a glance
Bull announces revenue for Q1 2006
Slight growth in revenue
Strong growth in orders in Services business in particular in the Telco sector

Bull revenues for the first quarter of 2006 were €257.2 million, representing a 0.3% increase compared with €256.6 million for the same period last year.
In a traditionally weak quarter for the Group, these figures demonstrate in particular:

  • The successful relaunch of the services business which recorded a very satisfactory performance, with revenue growing by 14%
  • The very good performance of high growth countries and sectors, particularly Brazil and telecommunications
  • The confirmation of greater seasonal variation in 2006 in favor of the 2nd half of the year.

There was a 3% overall increase in orders taken during Q1 of 2006, with particularly good results in the telecommunications activities (+56%) and the services business (+22%). As a result, by the end of the quarter the Group’s backlog stood at €380 million, an increase of 6% compared to 31 March 2005.

During the first quarter we have achieved our revenue objectives, particularly in services and telecommunications which are target activities in our Horizon 2008 strategic plan,” commentedDidier Lamouche, Bull Chairman and CEO. “Our focus on the seven key offerings defined in our plan as well as the continued growth momentum initiated in 2005 are key levers to enable us to achieve our 2006 objectives.” 

Bull acquires specialist human resources IT services company HRBC

Bull Management Division strengthens its leadership in ERP integration, and further enhances its presence in the market for high added value services

Bull has announced that it has acquired HRBC (Human Resources Business Consulting), an IT services company specializing in information systems for Human Resources (HR), a field where it provides both consulting and systems integration services.

With revenues of €4 million in 2005, more than 30 employees and an ambition to double its turnover in just three years, HRBC is renowned for its functional expertise as well as its in-depth knowledge of the main solutions on the market today, including HR Access, PeopleSoft and SAP. HRBC – which operates principally in France, in Switzerland and Morocco – has focused on this area since 2002 and has built up a strong portfolio of customers in leading organizations.

The acquisition will enable Bull to strengthen its expertise with rare and highly demanded resources as well as to capitalize on the strong synergies between its own offerings and those of HRBC, and further strengthen its presence in the market for high added value services in targeted markets. In addition, the teams of HRBC will join Bull Management which will represent more than 400 consultants as of the 2nd half of 2006.

This acquisition further underpins Bull’s momentum in the fast-growing market for HR information systems – in industry and the public sector – which has seen a 15% increase year on year,” confirms Michel Husson, Director of Bull Management. “This is also one of the Group’s key areas for strategic development, and HRBC’s expertise perfectly complements Bull’s offerings in this functional area. It enables us to offer our customers a comprehensive solution for their business needs.”

Today, HRBC is making a major leap forward in its development,” adds Saad Oudrhiri, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HRBC, and the company’s founder. “Becoming part of Bull not only gives us a new, international dimension to our offering but also gives us much greater access to the most important prospects in the marketplace.”

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Feedback from the doctors pioneering the single electronic patient record (DMP)

Within the framework of the MEDEC and INFORMEDICA exhibition, the Santénergie consortium– formed by Siemens, Bull and EDS, and chosen by the GIP-DMP (the French government body charged with choosing the suppliers for the DMP project) to take part in the demonstration and preconfiguration phases of the program – has sponsored a round-table discussion focusing on, “The content of single electronic patient records and the evolution of hospital and family doctor systems”. Report on this roundtable:

Several hundred doctors in the Lower Normandy, Pays-de-Loire, Limousin, and Midi-Pyrenees regions of France are about to take part in the experimental phase of the French national project to introduce a single computerized record for each patient, with the Santénergie consortium. At the starting line, some of those taking part in the trial shared their experience, and expressed their hopes for the project.

The Santénergie consortium (founded by Siemens, Bull and EDS) is trialing the single electronic patient record (the Dossier Medical Personnel or DMP) in Lower Normandy, the Pays-de-Loire, Midi-Pyrenees and Limousin regions of France. Several hundred doctors in these areas are already using computerized patient records. So one year before the national DMP program is generalized, in July 2007, their experiences are worth listening to. Dr Denis No Mura, chairman of the regional shared healthcare information platform initiative (known as PRiSM) in Lower Normandy, a pioneering project of this type, explains that doctors are keen to take up the challenge of the DMP and quite willing to use it so long as, “it doesn’t demand too much of their time, cost them too much or involve too many practical difficulties”. The introduction of computerized patient records enabled the main hospital in Nantes to make up lost ground in terms of its computing facilities, believes Dr Loïk Lenormand, vice-Chair of the establishment’s medical commission. The file – which holds reports from episodes of hospitalization, operations, anatomical, pathological or radiological procedures, and consultations, as well as any biological or anesthetic interventions – has considerably improved the life of the hospital. “In emergencies, colleagues would not, in any case, go back, because we hold all the information and so we know so much more about the patients,” confirms Dr Lenormand, a specialist in urology. Those responsible for the electronic patient records in the Pays-de-Loire, however, are also keen to improve its usability, including more of the most useful images, developing the prescriptions functionality and eventually including a more detailed care record. “Of course, the extremely comprehensive DMP has the advantage of being very up to date, but it can be hard to understand and writing a summary of it can be complicated,” warns Dr Lenormand.

“A scalable DMP”
The experience of Santé-Limousin (Limousin Health) – a network for exchanging medical information between 70 private practitioners, three healthcare networks and five different establishments – is also rich in learning points. “We are still at the stage where we are surveying the landscape… and we’ve got both feet in the mud!” admits one of those promoting the project, Dr François Lemaire, a private practitioner and hospital consultant at the hospital in Limoges. In this region, the doctors who join the network are given training, provided with a laptop computer and manage a “simple patient record, without any messaging functions or images,” for 2,500 patients who have volunteered to take part in the project. “It’s really a bit of a test, to get our colleagues interested,” explains Dr Lemaire. In the doctor’s opinion, the current system presents something of a barrier, because doctors have to enter their notes twice. “I believe the DMP has a great future,” he continues, “but we should not be making extra work for ourselves, and it’s important to take note of what the doctors are saying about the system otherwise some will be discouraged from using it”.
The head of the hematology and cell therapy clinic at the Limoges hospital, Dr Dominique Bordessoule, is very enthusiastic about the system. She can remember the implementation of an earlier, extremely time-consuming version of a single electronic record, seven years ago. “Today, the system is actually saving time for specialist and general practitioners, nurses, biologists and social workers who have real time access to earlier information and the patient’s medical history, as well as hospital treatments and outcomes”.
The General Manger of Bull Services and Solutions Business, Jean-Pierre Barbéris, is keen to reassure the doctors who have been testing the electronic records. “The DMP must serve the needs of the medical profession”, he explains. “Because the principle of information sharing is at the heart of the system, it should act as a chain of trust between all the various people who use it. The consortium has taken particular care over the security of data held in the system – how it is accessed, transmitted, stored… and its traceability. Santénergie’s DMP will evolve, because we are taking the widest possible soundings from the users on the ground and particularly the comments from those in the medical profession.” ButJean-Pierre Barbéris also recognizes that the widespread introduction of electronic records will be “a different kettle of fish”! “That next stage will take time and there will be costs involved,” Jean-Pierre Barbérisadmits, “but our project is designed to increase in power.”

* Report by the "Quoditien du Médecin" on the round table sponsorded by Santénergie et INFORMEDICA
MEDEC 2006

Bull sets a new world performance record under Java benchmark, positioning Bull NovaScale servers as the reference platforms for large enterprise applications
  • The NovaScale 5165 achieves a performance of 207,751 bops (Business Operations per Second)
  • Enterprise infrastructures to benefit from Bull NovaScale servers increased power and flexibility
  • Short response time and high throughput for interoperable and centralized enterprise applications

Bull has just set a new world performance record Server-Side Java SPECjbb2005 benchmark with its recently announced NovaScale 5165 server powered by 16 Intel® Itanium® 2 processors.
With a performance of 207,751 bops (Business Operations per Second), the NovaScale 5165 is ranked at the top of the 16 processors based servers running Linux®.
Today, large enterprise applications are moving towards interoperability and centralization. In order to facilitate their development, implementation and operation, they are increasingly brought together using application servers or application frameworks. This offers a robust technical infrastructure that enables IT departments to concentrate their efforts on the business functionality.
Bull NovaScale server and BEA Systems Inc. JVM JRockit® results are key for customers that need outstanding performance for their J2EE applications using the JVM (Java machine).
Cost-reductions, high levels of flexibility and openness
Customers will be able to centralize their application infrastructure while benefiting from the performance, availability and robustness of the NovaScale platform, thus achieving a better control over enterprise applications and infrastructures.

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SPECjbb2005 (Java Server Benchmark) is SPEC's benchmark for evaluating the performance of server side Java. SPECjbb2005 evaluates the performance of server side Java by emulating a three-tier client/server system (with emphasis on the middle tier). SPECjbb2005 provides a new enhanced workload reflecting how real-world applications are designed.

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