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April 2007
• 7i program: First initiative • Software factories white paper
Bull launches first initiative in its 7i program: Aligning information systems with business processes

Helping businesses make their information systems drivers for creating value
Bringing expertise and innovation to the industrialization of development projects
Focusing on strong sector-specific approach, through Bull’s international service centers

In the framework of its 7i program, Bull is launching the first of seven initiatives designed to help enterprises transform their information systems into engines for growth. Combining the know-how of its international service centers with sector-based expertise and innovative technologies in distributed development, Bull is setting out to support organizations so they can build the business applications they need for tomorrow more rapidly.

“The role of the information system in helping the enterprise open up to new markets and economic models is steadily increasing” commented Jean-Pierre Barbéris, General Manager of Bull Services and Solutions. “The enterprise has to develop both processes and applications while constantly improving the flexibility of information systems. Bull is offering a global approach designed to help customers respond more easily to these challenges. Our service centers, networked around the NovaForge platform, are bringing a truly professional and structured industrial approach to this area.”

Accelerating business developments for the enterprise
As part of its first initiative, Bull has announced its intention to strengthen the Group’s main international service centers – in France, the USA, Brazil, Poland and China – and step up their alignment around open software factory technologies, to enable the necessary acceleration and industrialization of business application development. These service centers will support Bull’s services teams in all the countries where the Group operates.

This initiative draws on the capabilities of Bull Management’s consulting teams in information systems governance and strategic alignment. It will ensure that the entire development process is more structured, to meet the constraints of costs, timescales and quality confronting enterprises today. Against this background, Bull has designed NovaForge, a family of services and innovative tools built around Open Source technologies, enabling a development project to be shared out between several centers, whatever their geographic location.

This expertise in information system alignment and industrialization of development projects applies across all the main sectors where Bull has a presence. In particular:
Public sector – partnering government and other public sector bodies in their projects aimed at simplifying and optimizing public services, with modern, more open systems
Local authorities – putting information technologies to work, to support regional initiatives and the user/customer
Customs and Tax authorities for the modernization of tariff and customs systems as well as for tax declaration and collection,
Telecommunications & Media to deliver innovation and resilience to Telcos,
The financial sector – responding to the challenges of consolidating individual customer profiles and strengthening customer loyalty
Industry – optimizing the supply chain, and reducing costs and timescales, notably by deploying ERP solutions
Social services – simplifying and customizing services delivered to claimants, against a background of changes brought about by new reforms and improved performance
Utilities – aligning information systems with new priorities linked to market deregulation.

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