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May 2006
Architect of an Open World

With a slight increase of 0.3% in our revenues in Q1 2006 – a traditionally weak quarter for the Group – and a backlog that has grown by 6%, we are on track with our business objectives and continuing the growth momentum initiated in 2005. The rebalancing of our business between products and services is accelerating:

IT security in an open world: new rules, new challenges
By Hassan Maad, Managing Director, Bull Evidian

All the research shows that it’s true: IT insecurity is steadily increasing. And the cost is high. According to some studies, it could currently be costing over 100 billion dollars. Against this backdrop, it’s not surprising that security is one of the top concerns for IT Directors and CIOs >>

Web services security: challenges and perspectives
By Pierre Caubit, Security Architect
At a time when information systems need to be much more open and flexible, SOAs (Service Oriented Architectures) have become a major avenue for technology development >>

 Hot topics

InfoSecurity Europe
April - June 2006 >

Europe virtualization tour
May 2006 >
6th French National Conference on the Net
May 10- 11 2006 >
Open Source software seminar, 11 May 2006 at the Hotel Sofitel, Marseille
VON Europe is the definitive event for Europe’s IP communications industry
May 15 - 18, 2006
Linux World Summit, 15-16th May 2006 Milan, Italy
SAS Forum International, Geneva, May 16-18 >
Hôpital Expo / InterMédica, Paris
May 16 to 19 >
2nd national parliamentary meetings on the Single Electronic Patient Record
23 May, Paris
CUBE, Deauville
June 13-14 2006 >
International Supercomputer Conference, Dresde
June 27 to 30 >

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IT architectures: the new European dynamic

From 20-21 April, Bull welcomed many of its major international customers to the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, for a high-level conference on the theme of IT architectures: the new European dynamic. In an atmosphere conducive to exchanges of the highest quality, the event proved an excellent opportunity to debate new challenges and the evolution of information technologies: and an auspicious moment for Bull to share its ambition to occupy much more of the territory in the changing European IT landscape.

Business cases

Air Berlin, the most successful German low-cost carrier, has experienced remarkable growth in recent years.

As part of its global Open Source strategy, French health insurance provider CNAMTS (the Caisse Nationale de l’Assurance Maladie des Travailleurs Salariés) has awarded Bull the contract to support its Linux RedHat distributions.

The French national aerospace research agency will in particular use the power of Bull’s NovaScale® servers to enhance the precision of its computer simulation models.

A strategic alliance that launches Jazz Series, based on Bull NovaScale® server technology Bull and Basis Bay today announced a major 5-year OEM agreement

Bull Managed Services, a relationship built on trust and a professional facility in constant evolution

10 golden rules for successful Open Source projects
Capitalizing on its experience of numerous successful projects in Europe – with contributions from experts and customers from several major organizations – Bull has published its latest white paper on the Open Source “revolution” and best practices.
At a glance

Bull announces revenue for Q1 2006
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.

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

Feedback from the doctors pioneering the single electronic patient record

Bull sets a new world performance record under Java benchmark, positioning Bull NovaScale servers as the reference platforms for large enterprise applications

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