NovaScale makes inroads into Eastern Europe customs authorities
Early 2006, the Customs Department of the Ministry of Finance in the Republic of Lithuania decided to create and develop an IT infrastructure dedicated to running its Intrastat system (called IDAIS). Developed by Bull, IDAIS is a Web-based computing system that collects statistical data about foreign trade between Lithuania and other EU member states. The Lithuanian Customs have chosen Bull NovaScale servers and storage together with the Oracle Enterprise database. Bull also provides associated services, as well as Open Source support and development. IDSA has now gone into production and the customs department is happy with the result.
Also in 2006, Bull was chosen as the supplier for the Customs infrastructure of trader based risk assessment and control system (RIKS). According to the contract Bull, will deliver NovaScale cluster and storage together with Oracle DB and JBoss application server. Bull again will provide associated services and Open Source support and development.
The Bulgarian customs authorities have also chosen Bull to reinforce their entire IT infrastructure including the Central site and all Customs Offices spread over Bulgaria. The new infrastructure, based on Bull NovaScale and Escala servers, will help Bulgaria to achieve a fast accession to the European Union, thanks to the full integration of the European Tariff into the national system of tariffs, as well as the automatic calculation of customs duties and quota management. The Bulgarian custom authorities chose Bull NovaScale and Escala servers to support their Informix databases and manage the European regulations on tariffs. Bull had already developed and implemented the European Tariff Management System, the quota and surveillance systems early in 2006, as well as integrating the local databases with European DG-TAXUD databases to insure interoperability with Brussels.
Bull has gained worldwide recognition in the public sector for its expertise, in particular in the modernization of IT infrastructures, the alignment of customs systems to new international demands, the re-engineering of fiscal systems and on-line business processes. For several years now, Bull has been involved in developing customs solutions in several European countries during their preparation for EU accession, supporting the implementation of EU requirements. These countries include Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, and Romania. The Irish and Moroccan customs authorities have also chosen Bull solutions.
Whatever the customs regime or the complexity of the regulations involved, Bull’s Customs Declaration Processing Systems and Integrated Tariff Management Systems allow the customs authorities to deal in real time with all declarations, thus bringing fluidity and efficiency to the customs clearance process. Compliant with best practices, these Web-oriented solutions based on open standards enable automation, control and interoperability.
… and continues to be a compelling proposition in Turkey with the Chamber of Commerce
The Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, representing more than 300,000 companies, has decided to improve the quality of the business services provided to its members by moving most of its applications (inter-company business exchanges, document registration, arbitration, etc.) to a Web-based environment. The feasibility study carried out by independent consultants recommended migrating the existing AS/400 IT environment to Open Systems, based on industry standards. Facing competition from the current supplier, IBM – who proposed pSeries Power5+ AIX servers with WebSphere and Lotus Notes – Bull won the bid with a full Microsoft solution (SQL Server 2005, Exchange, Biztalk) running on two NovaScale 6320s with SAN Storage FDA2800 15TB capacity. The new environment will be operational during first quarter of 2007.