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April 2007
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IDG Conference – Infrastructures 2007: Modernizing the heart of information systems - Thursday 26 April 2007, 8.30am–17.00pm, Paris

The new watchwords in infrastructure management: virtualization, high availability, open environments and application optimization

The modernization of information systems must take into account a series of key challenges. Firstly, those linked to the way infrastructures themselves are evolving. In this area, there are an especially large number of technological advances due to come to fruition this year, notably in the area of virtualization, but also in areas related to energy consumption or server power, and more precisely, high availability. In parallel, CIOs and their teams will have to take stock of a variety of other problems. The debate on open environments is gaining credibility, and is working particularly in favor of initiatives that promise increasingly high guarantees of service levels based around open systems. Finally, the modernization of the information system is also involving bringing applications up to date. Applications certainly have to be designed differently now, but not just that, they need also to make the most of all the agility of the infrastructures now available to them. From the rich client, to Web openness, to improved levels of integration, the management of applications is now part and parcel of the optimization process, which in itself offers huge potential for cost cutting.
Any rationalization of IT expenditure must therefore necessarily come about through a more accurate anticipation of these challenges. This will be the main objective of this conference aimed at CIOs as well as infrastructure and architecture managers, research directors, data center managers and project managers.

Bull, as a sponsor of the conference, is also providing one of the speakers: Pierre Fumery, Director of the Linux Competence Center on the theme: “Virtualisation in the Open Source world : best practices and perspectives”.

IBERGRID, 1st Iberian Grid Infrastructure Conference - May 14-16, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

IBERGRID is organized by CESGA (Galicia Supercomputing Centre) and University of Coruña). It is promoted by the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education and the Spanish Ministry of Education & Science.

As sponsor Bull will be present and Jean-Marc Denis, HPC Business Manager, will run a conference on Tuesday 15 May at 5:30pm (room A) on the theme: "Interfacing issues between Job Scheduler and Resource Manager".
The conference aims to foster and promote R&D activities in Iberian countries and their links to Latin America, by bringing together academics that are cooperating in computer and computational sciences applied to grid infrastructures and technologies.


Topics of interest include: Grid Middleware, Grid Computing, Data and Networking Infrastructures, Distributed and Large-Scale Data Access and Management, Distributed Resource Management and Scheduling, Supercomputer/cluster/grid integration issues, Grid Applications including e-Science and e-Business (e-health, environmental sciences, climate modeling, civil protection, computational sciences, high energy physics, e-administration…).

More information >>

3rd European Research and Innovation Exhibition - 7-9 June, Porte de Versailles, Paris

Research and innovation, driving the global economy

The European Research and Innovation Exhibition is the annual meeting for all main players in research and industry, providing a focal point for all the driving forces of people and organizations that have recognized that investing in science has become a key priority in guaranteeing growth in an ever more competitive world.

Bull will be taking part in the exhibition along with two of its partners, Intel and Microsoft. This will include:

- A panel discussion on Thursday 7 June, from 11:30 to 12:15am in the Agora room.
With the theme: “Digital simulation at the forefront of innovation. How to make it accessible?”, it will be chaired by Jean-Michel Ghidaglia, Scientific Director of ‘La Recherche’ magazine, with:

  • Benoît Hallez, Director of Bull HPC Business Unit

  • Marc Dollfus, Director, Intel France

  • Bernard Ourghanlian, Technical Director, Microsoft France

- A seminar hosted by Bull and Intel with the participation of Microsoft, Altair and ‘La Recherche’ magazine, on Friday 8 June, 9:30am to 12:30pm, on the theme: “Everyone’s entitled to power, HPC within everyone’s reach”.

- Welcome to our stand (# D62) on which experts from all three partners will be happy to demonstrate their latest innovations

More information (French only) >>

Paris, ‘Capitale du Libre’ - Paris, 13-14 June

Bull is once more a Gold Sponsor for "Paris capitale du libre", an event organized by ASS2L, (an association of companies dedicated to Open Source Services) of which Bull is an associate partner, with the support of both the Paris City Hall, and the Paris Chamber of Commerce. "Paris capitale du libre" is a prestige event that brings the worlds of politics, industry, and administration together in one location for the purpose of exchanging and sharing information related to Open Source strategy, policy and business.
With its main theme for this year «Local Governments and Open Source Applications in Europe», "Paris capitale du libre" is aiming to become the meeting point par excellence for Open Source application advocates and IT directors in both public and private sectors. The ‘Golden Lutèce’ trophies will be awarded during a dinner to be held on 13 June, bringing together the 250 most influential personalities in the Open Source software market in France and in Europe. These trophies will be awarded for best projects and initiatives in the Open Source domain in France and in Europe, and for a range of categories: public, private, communities, and political.

Bull will be participating in the following seminars:
- Thursday 14 June, 2pm–4pm: Jean-Pierre Barbéris, General Manager of Bull Services and Solutions will be speaking at this session chaired by Didier Lambert, President of the CIGREF, and moderated by Jean-François Ruiz, Chief Editor of 01 DSI. The theme for debate will be: «How to leverage Open Source software in large corporations? »
- Thursday 14 June, 4.30pm–6:30pm: Jean-Pierre Laisné, President of OW2 and Director of Bull Open Source Initiatives, will chair the session entitled «The rising importance of Open Source software worldwide », moderated by François Sorel, RMC journalist. Other speakers include:
- Renato Da Silveira Martini, Chairman of the Brazilian national Information Technology Institute (ITI)
- Mohammed El Amer, CIO, government of Bahrain
- Khadija Ghariani, Secretary of State for Information Technologies, Tunisia
- Mr Jiadong, CEO of Red Flag Software, China
- Elliot Maxwell, former NTIC consultant to Bill Clinton, Maxwell Elliot Association
- Pedro Teta, Deputy Minister for Science and Technology, Angola
- Bull’s will host its partner Red Hat on its stand, will be exhibiting NovaForge™, its secured platform for Open Source application development, and Open Energy, Bull’s portfolio of services dedicated to Open Source software.

Bull's Open Source solutions >>
More about Paris, "Capitale du Libre" >>

Virtualizing IT infrastructures - Paris, June 21

Energy consumption control, installations optimization, simplified administration, service continuity, flexibility... IT infrastructure evolution is no longer being driven by cost reduction alone.
In this context, virtualization certainly provides clear advantages. And yet, its implementation remains complex, and requires confirmed expertise in virtualization technologies.
Bull as IT maker, systems integrator and outsourcer for large systems, has been developing, integrating and utilizing these technologies for many years: to design advanced systems, establish methods and tools for production management, and run its outsourcing business.
It is the cumulative experience gained from both centers of competences and production sites that Bull would like to share with you on the occasion of this seminar, through the testimony of its experts, and first-hand reports based on customers testimonials.

To register for the event (French only) >>

Gartner Identity & Access Management Summit - London, June 25-26, 2007

To increase transparency and agility, today’s enterprises need to start opening up systems to staff, customers and partners. However, the need to secure applications, data, and networks has never been so pressing. Legacy technologies and approaches and fragmented processes are no longer enough. Identity theft, regulatory compliance, the rising impact of confidential data loss and rising administration costs call for a new generation of processes and technologies.
The good news: this new generation has arrived and it’s ready for prime time. The bad news: there are more ways to slip up than there are ways to get it right.
That’s what the first EMEA Gartner Identity & Access Management Summit is all about. In an intensive, two-day program Gartner will present every IAM issue; help design the right IAM strategy and roadmap; and show how IAM can be more secure while costing less.

As Platinum sponsor, Bull Evidian will:
- Hold a conference on Tuesday 26 June at 2:45 pm: Hassan Maad, Evidian Managing Director will present Evidian IAM strategy and offer, leveraging a big business case.
- Demonstrate on its booth the latest update of its IAM suite of solutions.

More information and registration >>

EACC - Frankfurt, July 5-6

CAE experts from the automotive industry meet at the third European Automotive CFD Conference (EACC) to be held in Frankfurt/Main (Germany) on 5-6 July. Under the heading “Get the Best of Automotive CFD“, this event organized by ANSYS will give automotive industry users a very comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

EACC 2007 will cover an extended range of topics, and will bring together expert speakers from the worlds of industry and research. Covering all aspects of CFD plus a selection of related simulation techniques, the 3rd EACC offers a unique opportunity to get an update on the latest technologies in Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) for the automotive industry.

Bull is very active in the area of automotive CAE, with its NovaScale HPC solutions, and is sponsoring this important European technological conference. On the Bull booth, the Bull HPC team will be demonstrating Fluent interfacing with the Windows CCS job scheduler, on a Bull NovaScale 400-W cluster.

More about EACC 2007 >>

Social protection: personalization and performance - Seminar organized by Bull and Ineum, Tuesday 23 October in Paris

Faced with major economic, social and societal challenges, players involved in social protection the world over have embarked on major transformation and modernization programs for their information systems.

How can ICT help them to personalize their services? How can they speed up processes and improve claimants’ access to the system? How can they improve performance, and combat fraud and other abuses? How can they make it easier for people to return to employment? What technologies are at their disposal? What skills are required, and what skills do they need to put in place (change management, security, hosting, new technologies, interoperability, etc.)?

All these issues will be explored during the course of the seminar organized by Bull and Ineum, with a panel of decision-makers representing the world of social protection, Jean-Pierre Barbéris, General Manager of Bull France, and Renaud Vatinet, Ineum Consulting Partner specialized in social protection issues.

More Information (French only) >>
Download the "Social protection" white paper >>

GSM > 3G AfricaCom - 21-22 November - Cape Town, South Africa

GSM > 3G Africa is the premier Pan-African communications event that comprises a high-level conference programme on mobile, broadband and satellite communications, associated to a separate co-located networking exhibition.

The event will take place in Cape Town South Africa, 21-22 November and expect 3500 attendees, 180 exhibitors from 76 different countries and a 48% operator delegate attendance.
This is a unique gathering of the whole communications value chain of the telecommunications African market, with fixed and mobile operators, international carriers, satellite operators, ISPs, vendors and regulators. Key operators from Africa will be present, including Zain (formerly MTC Group), MTN Group, and Middle East & Asia, Orange Group.

In order to boost their common and strong business dynamics within emerging markets, Bull and its partner Kabira in service activation and provisioning for the Telco operators, are jointly exhibiting to present their OSS solutions available on Bull NovaScale servers.

More information >>

New monthly breakfast on Open Source seminars - “Portal and Document Management”, Paris, November 22

Each month, Bull offers an open invitation to its breakfast-time seminars, each focusing on a theme linked to implementing Open Source software. Led by experts ready to share their experiences as regards methodologies, tools, solutions and best practices, these morning sessions offer pragmatic solutions to IT managers seeking to integrate Open Source software in their information systems.

After the previous sessions dedicated to Business Intelligence and software development, the forthcoming breakfast seminar dedicated to “Portal and Document Management s” will take place on Thursday, November 22, from 8:30am to 11:00am, in Paris/La Défense.

The next session scheduled on December 13 will focus on virtualization solutions.

More information (French only) >>

4th ATAIC Technical Conference - November 24-28, Kuwait

The ATAIC’s1 conference objective is to facilitate the improvement of tax and Zakat policies and administrations in all their aspects within member Islamic countries in order to meet the challenges of rapidly changing world. Over 25 countries are participating to the conference which will be hosted by the Ministry of Finance of the State of Kuwait.

We are pleased to invite you at Bull’s breakout session to be held on November 25 at 11:45 am. Jean-François Betbeder, Vice-President, Bull’s Customs and Tax Worldwide Business Unit, will present e-ris, our open and flexible e-business software solution suite for Tax Authorities, which improves, via automation and use of leading edge technologies, the reliability and efficiency of tax collection processes.

In addition, our experts will welcome you on our booth to demonstrate our e-ris Tax Authorities business solutions and answer your questions.

1ATAIC : Association of Tax Authorities of Islamic Countries

Learn more about e-ris >>
More about the conference >>

Ensuring service continuity for IT infrastructures - 27 November - Dakar, Senegal

It’s becoming a major concern for IT Directors and CIOs: How to take advantage of the latest technologies to meet ever more demanding service level requirements?

With the increasing globalization of the economy, and the rise of the Internet and mobile computing technologies, doing business is now a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week activity. And that mean, for most organizations, that any kind of service interruption is not longer acceptable.

Against this backdrop, information systems are a major business asset. IT Directors and CIOs have to ensure continous operations and focus their actions towards preventive measures, in line with the needs of different business functions. The increasing power of IT (in terms of processing power, virtualization, storage networks...) opens up new opportunities to respond to these demands for service continuity. A whole new vision of the Data Center is taking shape, based on simplification, industry standards, flexibility and cost optimization.

Bull – as a specialist in IT infrastructures that combine open systems and mainframes – is driving forward that vision, capitalizing on its extensive experience built up as a result of its consulting and outsourcing activities.

Bull, Intel, VMware, EMC and Cisco invite you to find out more about their solutions and hear customer case studies and expert opinions at a morning-long seminar on 27 November (from 8.30am)

More information >>

EMC Forum - Paris, 29 November

Find out more and register (French only) >>

JavaPolis 2007 - 10-14 December 2007, Antwerp (Belgium)

With close to 3.000 attendees each year, JavaPolis is Europe's ultimate source for technical insight, information, networking and inspiration for software developers, web developers, architects, system administrators and IT managers who innovate using Java technology.

As a co-founder of OW2 Consortium, the leading Open Source middleware consortium today and a Premier Partner of JavaPolis, Bull will present its middleware solutions and services at OW2 booth, and unveil key innovations in Business Process Management software (Orchestra BPEL orchestration engine and Bonita workflow software) and J2EE application server (JOnAS 5: a new generation application server technology).

Find out more about the event >>

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