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June 2007
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Bull confirms its strategic repositioning and its ambition as European IT leader

Bull confirms its strategic repositioning as a European leader in Information Technology and related services with the planned acquisition of Siconet, a Spanish IT services provider specialized in consulting, systems integration, software development and support and the acquisition by GFI Informatique of Bull Portugal, the group’s Portuguese subsidiary, present in the electronic payment terminals and systems market.

These transactions embody Bull’s ambition to develop aggressively our service activities in specific activities and growth markets” declared Didier Lamouche, Chairman and CEO of Bull. “Our Spanish team has an established track record of growth and profits and we believe that the addition of Siconet will further boost our growth potential in Spain, a key growth country for Bull. Bull Portugal has successfully developed a business that is no longer aligned with the strategic priorities of the group. However, we are confident that GFI Informatique will provide the best prospects for the employees of Bull Portugal taking into account their specific skills.

Bull reinforces its position on fast-growing markets in Spain
Bull Spain registered revenues of €82 million in 2006, of which €34 million in services, support and maintenance. Bull Spain and the shareholders of Siconet have signed a preliminary agreement with a view to the acquisition of Siconet by Bull. This acquisition will reinforce Bull’s presence in sectors targeted by its growth offerings in IT services while drawing on its complementarity with those of Siconet.
Created in 1992, Siconet employs 400 people at its Madrid and Barcelona sites. In 2006, Siconet recorded revenues of €17.8 million, showing growth of 83%, and an EBIT of 6% (€1 million). Siconet targets five priority markets: insurance, banking, aerospace industries, transport and telecommunications. Backed up with a strong recognition for the quality of its services and its expertise in Open Source technologies, Siconet has a large customer portfolio including key names in these sectors.
With the acquisition of Siconet we significantly reinforce our position in Spain, one of the fastest-growing markets, where Bull will exceed €100 million in revenues. Siconet brings youth, talent and dynamism as well as a commercial complementarity which will further boost our growth potential. With their expertise, Siconet’s teams will reinforce our capacity to assist our customers with the evolution of their IT systems. This transaction considerably accelerates the momentum of our services activity in Spain and significantly reinforces our position” added Didier Lamouche.

Acquisition of Bull Portugal by GFI Informatique
In order to focus on its core strategic activities, Bull announced having signed with GFI Informatique a definitive agreement to sell its Portuguese subsidiary, Bull Portugal. Bull Portugal is present in the market for electronic payment solutions and counts among its customers several large banks and financial institutions. The company also has a recognized position in infrastructure services and systems integration. Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed.
According to Didier Lamouche: “This transaction allows Bull to focus on its core strategic initiatives. Our customers are assured of the continuity of all existing support and service contracts, and can continue to build their most critical IT infrastructures using our products and technologies. I extend my thanks to the employees of Bull Portugal for their exceptional dedication to their customers and their company over the years. Today they are joining a leading enterprise whose strategy is aligned with the expertise at Bull Portugal.”

Bull strengthens its presence in the market for value-added network and security services

Bull is affirming its strategy in the development of value-added services by combining its skills in these areas within a single new Business Unit dedicated to managing networks and security globally within the Information System (IS).

‘Bull Networks and Security’ will help enterprises to define, implement and operate their IP infrastructures. The new BU’s added value is based on its ability to provide the full range of services: from upstream consulting through to infrastructure management. ‘Bull Networks and Security’ is aimed in particular to support highly sensitive and demanding markets such as the security of banking transfers – where it already has a 95% market share in France – and defense, where it also has a strong presence.

Our ambition is to strengthen our service provision in the increasingly convergent worlds of security and IP infrastructures. As a recognized player both in security products – via our Evidian subsidiary – and high-security encryption solutions with TrustWay, we are aiming to help our customers to design and implement open architectures requiring state-of-the-art technical expertise in networks and security. Our objective is to grow this business rapidly, to the point where it employs several hundred specialists,” declared Jean-Pierre Barbéris, General Manager of Bull Services and Solutions.

The new business unit will draw on Bull’s professional resources and infrastructure, which already comprises almost 150 experts working in the three key areas of the enterprise IS network and security lifecycle:
Consulting, expertise, and audit services to help IT Directors and CIO’s analyze, define and organize their security and network resources, to enable them to meet ever-expanding user demands
Integration of global solutions to design, integrate and implement secure and convergent communication infrastructures: certification management, electronic signature, identity management, Web services security, IP telephony, tools for collaborative working on voice/imaging/data, directories…
Services to ensure the administration and security of network environments (business and security intelligence, management and correlation of events, expertise, system surveillance, round-the-clock maintenance services 365 days a year, Service Level Agreements…).

Learn more : Interview with Philippe Galopin, Director of Bull Networks and Security

Bull inaugurates Open Campus, its new training center based at Massy

‘Bull Formation’ has opened its new center at Massy in the South of Paris. Occupying a surface area of more than 3,000 square meters, the facilities offered by Open Campus include 30 training rooms, 400 workstations, 35 practical workbench areas, and a conference room.

In response to the growing demand for training in new information technologies and change management, Bull is opening a new training center at Massy in the South of Paris, just 2 hours by TGV (the French high speed train) from Lille, Lyon, or Rennes.

Open Campus was inaugurated on 31 May in the presence of Didier Lamouche, Bull’s CEO, Vincent Delahaye, Mayor of Massy and Patrick Semtob, Director of Bull Formation.

Open Campus provides a structured range of more than 450 training courses in 8 main domains as varied as Internet development, Open Source and Linux®, Microsoft or AIX® environments, security, networks and storage, Business Intelligence and databases, information system management, as well as courses specifically on Bull NovaScale, Escala and GCOS servers. Training courses for change management are also on offer, incorporating the logistical aspects, communication, deployment back-up and documentation.

In addition to the standard portfolio of courses, Open Campus offers inter-company training opportunities and mixed solutions for training on-line in the framework of e-learning and e-coach programs.

ISO 9001v 2000 certified training courses are delivered by 130 qualified consultants in collaboration with major partners like Business Objects, Microsoft and Red Hat.

Bull Formation hosts more than 12,000 students every year.

More information about 'Bull Formation'

Look no further! Bull is hiring now
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Bull will be recruiting 1,000 staff this year, 400 of them in France.
Interview with Patrick Semtob, General Manager Bull, responsible for Human Resources.

Bull is planning to recruit a large number of people this year. What business needs are driving this recruitment campaign?
Bull has an excellent reputation for expertise in server design, and is now concentrating on developing its presence in services and telecommunications. The Group’s objective is to achieve 50% of its turnover in these two areas. During 2006, we recorded more than 12% growth in services, and nearly 60% growth in telecommunications. Our recruitment strategy is designed to support this growth.

What kinds of candidates are you looking for?
On the one hand we want technically qualified candidates – systems development engineers specializing in new information and communications technologies (NICT) and business intelligence; Open Source, IT security and telecoms integrators; database and systems administrators; and NICT, business intelligence and telecoms architects.
On the other hand, we also need people with combined technical and managerial skills: project directors and project managers in telecoms, NICT and information systems, as well as SAP and PeopleSoft consultants.
Bull is recruiting on a global scale for its 60 subsidiaries. 400 positions are to be filled in France, with half of these in regional offices. 600 vacancies also need to be filled to support our international growth: in Brazil, Morocco, Poland and Spain, for example. We are looking for new graduates just as much as experienced staff.

What are Bull’s key strengths?
Firstly, our capacity to offer end-to-end solutions in products, services and telecommunications. This quality sets us apart from traditional IT services companies who don’t offer that extra dimension of being an IT maker.
Next, there is the fact that Bull’s projects have a highly innovative dimension: simulating nuclear weapons testing and updating the Ministry of Finance’s IT infrastructure; Customs and excise systems for EU accession states, providing the business intelligence solution to support the Californian Medicaid health system.
Another fundamental point is Bull’s long-lasting and mutually rewarding relationships with customers.

Bull’s objective as ‘Architect of an Open World’ is to combine high technology with creative intelligence, openness and freedom to operate.

Look no further! Bull is hiring now

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