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June 2006
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Bull opens a Services Center in Marseille, dedicated to application development using new technologies

As part of the development of its Open Source business activities, Bull has announced the opening of a Services Center providing access to experts in systems architecture, development and integration. Through the Center, Bull is also offering its customers direct access to a wide range of tools and professional resources to help them with the development and support of projects using Open Source components.

Close collaboration with Bull’s R&D and Product Engineering teams means the company can offer:
• High level support (levels 3 and 4, particularly for Open Source software)
• An in-depth understanding and experience of large-scale development projects — taking a professional, structured approach — combined with unique expertise in the scoping of systems
• Implementation of open and complex infrastructures.

At the heart of this initiative is NovaForgeTM, a shared industrial tool based on tried and tested methodologies in secure, distributed development. These techniques are used by Bull’s R&D team on some of the largest distributed development programs, such as worldwide collaborations with Open Source application development communities.

Jean-Pierre Barbéris, General Manager of Bull’s Services and Solutions business commented: “The Services Center established by Bull at the Château-Gombert science park in Marseille is an important resource which forms an integral part of our strategy to ensure that we deliver ever more professional and structured services. We will increase staffing levels at the Center to several dozen engineers during 2006, building on the skills within our existing teams and recruiting locally. Offering total security for major development work in new technologies is the centre’s key function, and one of the Center’s main aims will be to contribute to expansion of the local economy. The Marseille services center is destined to serve all market sectors, and strengthen our presence in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, a region that is already home to Bull’s R&D center dedicated to developing local authority applications with our Coriolis/Libre-CT offerings.

Being open means being available to listen to customers
For Bull, being open means above all listening to our customers and integrating the best interoperable, standard and scaleable tools. In fact, Bull is one of the first manufacturers to opt for an approach that combines industry standards and open systems. In 2002, Bull was a co-founder of ObjectWeb, which is now the world’s leading Open Source middleware consortium, before launching NovaScale, its new generation of multi-server environments in 2003. Also that year, Bull joined in the development of OSDL (Open Source Development Labs): remaining an active member to this day and contributing in parallel to supporting Linux® on Intel processor-based platforms. As a result, Bull has won widespread recognition in High Performance Computing (HPC).


Bull attains Gold Certified Partner status in Microsoft Partner Program
Bull attained the Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in OEM Hardware Solutions.

Bull's expertise in Microsoft technologies
Partners that attain the OEM Hardware Solutions Competency are recognized for their expertise in delivering high-quality hardware solutions and are provided with information and tools needed to expand their market opportunities and maintain a competitive advantage in the industry. These solutions, hosted on Bull NovaScale 64-bit servers, have passed the "Designed for Windows" Logo test. They are certified by Microsoft and supported by Bull to ensure full customer satisfaction.

"Partners that acquire the OEM Hardware Solutions Competency have demonstrated expertise and have a track record of building high-quality hardware solutions that are designed and configured with the Microsoft technologies according to customer needs and supported to ensure customer satisfaction," said Kurt Kolb, vice president of Worldwide System Builder Channel and License Compliance at Microsoft. "These partners are able to closely engage with Microsoft and have access to specialized resources to help them meet and even surpass customer expectations."

We are extremely pleased to have attained Microsoft Gold Certification in the OEM Hardware Solutions competency” said Stéphane Delivré, Vice President Group Business Operations, Bull. “As customers expand and upgrade their information technology assets, there is a demand for high-quality hardware solutions, built, configured, and optimized to run under a Microsoft environment. Bull will continue enhancing the reliability and performance of its NovaScale server offerings, allowing our customers to expand their market opportunities and maintain a competitive advantage in their industry."

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Bull and Keeneo launch a European partnership in intelligent video surveillance

Bull and Keeneo announced signature of a technical and commercial partnership under the terms of which the two companies will market an innovative range of Intelligent Video Surveillance (IVS) solutions for their European customers. The agreement is focused particularly on the public transport market, critical industrial sites, local and regional authorities, and public spaces such as car parks, sports stadiums, etc.

Video surveillance has expanded widely over the past few years to meet ever more stringent security demands. Current infrastructures depend mainly on vigilance on the part of operators, so there is always the risk of not detecting an important event in time to take action. By using the most sophisticated, high-performance 4D technology currently available on the market, the joint solution offered by Bull and Keeneo significantly increases the likelihood of real-time detection, cuts the number of false alarms and enables wide-scale deployment.

The powerful combination of Keeneo’s range of software solutions — based on its IVS software, a virtual intelligent brain for analyzing video footage — with Bull’s server offerings, ensures reliability and high performance. Bull is also providing its expertise as systems integrator, to ensure total integration within existing video surveillance infrastructures, with, as added advantage, the possibility of deploying many more cameras with the same number of operators.


Economic intelligence: Go Albert SA’s AMI suite now available on Bull NovaScale servers
Go Albert SA1, specialist suppliers of on-line business intelligence and knowledge capitalization applications to orgnizations and administrations, has just announced the availability of a 64-bit version of its AMI Enterprise Intelligence suite on Bull NovaScale® servers.

AMI solutions are designed for projects in information research, knowledge capitalization, and economic intelligence. The unprecedented rise in networked information sources, both internal and external, has brought about a huge increase in the volume of these data that can now comprise several billion pages. To meet this challenge, Go Albert SA has decided to capitalize on the modular architecture of its products by exploiting the full processing power provided by new-generation 64-bit servers.

Eric Fourboul, General Manager of Go Albert SAs Products & Developments division commented: "The new data analysis and mapping tools featured in our AMI suite require ever increasing amounts of processing power. It is of vital importance to us that we can benefit from the power provided by Bull’s NovaScale servers. We can only congratulate ourselves on our choice, given the quality of support that Bull has given us in this move."

According to Frédéric Lacombe, Director of Emerging Markets at Bull: "The availability of the ‘AMI Enterprise Intelligence 64’ version from Go Albert extends Bull’s range of Economic Intelligence solutions. This application suite is one of very few on the market, covering every requirement for searching for, collecting and analyzing textual information, and guaranteeing high indexing performance for very large amounts of data".

1Founded in 1999, Go Albert SA has offices in France (Paris, Montpellier), the United Kingdom (Cambridge), Switzerland with the MEGA group (Geneva, Neufchatel) and in Canada with the company Propel ion (Montreal). Many companies and organizations currently use Go Albert products, among them UNESCO, Air France, Casino, the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, the French Ministry of Defense, Valeo and Nespresso.


Open your competencies to Open Source with Bull Training Center
With 150 training courses delivered during 2005, and 600 staff trained in Open Source applications during the same year, the customer training center at Bull is one of the leading Open Source training establishments in France.
At its training centers, Bull’s courses prepare IT personnel to implement and deploy infrastructures and applications based on Open Source applications.
Bull provides its customers with a complete range of training solutions including:
Application development in Java, J2EE, JSF, Struts, Python, Hibernate, CVS, Bugzilla, Eclipse
Server infrastructure design and administration based on JOnAS, Tomcat, Apache or Zope
Linux® environment administration: TCP/IP networks and Internet services, security, high availability, Squid, Nagios (all under different distributions) including Red Hat, Novell/SuSe and Debian
Databases: PostgreSQL and MySQL
Open Office with training in Writer, Calc, Impress, the Thunderbird messaging system and Firefox browser.
In 2005, attendees at training courses organized by Bull came from every business sector: major companies such as EDF, France Telecom, Cogema and GM; the public sector: the French Ministry of Finance, INSERM, the French Army, but also from systems integrators such as Inexware and Steria.

Working in close liaison with the Group’s research and development and services teams, Bull’s trainers provide a strategic overview of new technologies and related skill development requirements with regard to Open Source software. This vision enables Bull to offer its customers the fullest possible training catalogue on the market, plus fully comprehensive forward planning in inter-company training. To meet specific requirements, Bull Training offers customized training programs, adapting its standard training courses to suit or designing new courses around applications chosen by the customer.
Over and above technological changes, the Open Source revolution involves changing people’s behavior and putting in place new skills and new working methods based on co-operation, exchanging ideas and capitalizing on best practices. Bull’s training programs take full account of these additional factors.
All our training rooms have Internet connections. Software is often downloaded the day before the training course or at the very last minute, to ensure students benefit from using the latest versions of applications. The subject matter for practical work, installations and development work, are carried out in a group setting, ensuring co-operation between trainees.
The way trainers design courses is also undergoing radical change, capitalizing on the on-line resources that are now available. This is accelerating development lead-times, and also means training courses are being made available to customers in record time. Exchanges within trainer, developer and Open Source community networks ensure that content is kept constantly up to date, and technology evolutions are constantly monitored.
Finally, Bull’s training teams have a wealth of experience, having supported our customers through previous IT evolutions (from proprietary systems to open systems, from procedural to object-oriented design, from client-server to the Web), enabling us to offer training plans, training development paths or reconversion schemes, and the skills development strategies suited to the profiles of individual IT teams. Bull Training’s professional facilities enable training to be delivered exclusively in the Paris region - at centers in Paris and Massy- where it can train several hundred people in parallel, as part of large-scale projects.

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