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n°22  |  January   2008
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QualiPSo Conference 2008 - 16-17 January, Roma

Faithful to its aim to foster the development and use of Open Source Software (OSS) to help industries in the global race for growth, on 16 and 17 January 2008 the international QualiPSo consortium is organizing its first international conference: “Fostering trust and quality of Open Source software systems”.

Organized in Rome, under the patronage of the European Commission, the QualiPSo 2008 conference will bring together international authorities and experts on OSS trends, reveal the first results of research carried out by the QualiPSo consortium, and be a forum for debate about the drivers for encouraging trust in OSS. It will approach Open Source from three complementary angles: political, economical and technological, covering:

* Legal issues in Open Source
* Trustworthiness of OSS products and processes
* Business models and strategies in OSS
* Interoperability in the area of Open Source
* Networks of OSS Competence Centers
* Next-generation software forges

More than ever, major industry and government players today consider Open Source as part of their strategic IT sourcing portfolio,” declared Stefano De Panfilis, Chairman of the QualiPSo consortium. “Nevertheless, there is still some reluctance about widespread adoption of OSS, mainly due to lack of confidence. The ‘grey areas‘ of OSS that cause major concerns to industry are mainly focused on legal and quality aspects, and business issues. A first in the industry, this two-day conference will focus on the solutions to these challenges.”

Founded by a heavyweight group of ICT industry players including Bull, SMEs, governments and academic institutions across Europe, Brazil and China, QualiPSo is an international consortium that aims to help industries and governments define and implement the technologies, processes and policies that facilitate the development and use of Open Source Software components with the same level of trust traditionally offered by proprietary software.

The conference will enable IT executives, public sector bodies, policy makers, software project managers, IT architects and OSS community members to assess the opportunities for adopting OSS as part of IT strategies; reach out to professionals involved in OSS; and share experiences about OSS. It will also enable attendees to get involved in the definition of next-generation tools and process addressing trust factors in OSS. Last but not least, it will announce the creation and launch of OSS Competence Centers designed to help industry adopt OSS worldwide.

More information and registration >>

Linux and Open Source solutions - 29-31 January 2008, Paris

Host to more than 10,000 visitors, the "Linux and Open Source Solutions" exhibition is a major event dedicated to the world of Linux® and Open Source software and applications.

With the European leader in Open Source Software services and its experts, discover the revolution of open Information Systems, through a number of conferences:

On January 29

  • Service quality management with Open Source: the maturity of the solutions at the light of ITIL and CMMI approaches - Ahcene Latreche


On January 30
  • NovaForge: a development industrialization platform based on open source components - Guillaume Forestier

  • The Process Virtual Machine: a revolutionary technology for BPM - Miguel Valdes Faura (Bull) & Tom Bayens (JBoss Red Hat)

  • eXo WebOS portal and content management with Java - Rodrigue Le Gall

  • JONAS 5: a new generation application server - François Exertier

  • EJB3 easy clustering with JOnAS and Easybeans - Benoit Pelletier.

  • JASMINe 1.0: facilitate administration of JOnAS Java EE clusters and SOA platforms - Benoit Pelletier (Bull) and Laurent Ruaud (Serli).


Bull will also be exhibiting on its booth and on OW2 booth its Open Energy family of Open Source services, NovaForge, the first comprehensive shared platform for project management and distributed development projects based on Open Source software, new middleware and its NovaScale® servers running Linux.

For more information and conference registration >>
Bull Open Source solutions >>

Adaptability and variablility: two drivers for flexibility enabled by outsourcing - 20 february 2008, Paris

As key players in enterprise transformation, these days IT Departments have to meet many challenges: from being responsive in the face of change to providing extra capacity to respond to ever more demanding service requirements. At a time when business and computing strategies are ever more and more closely linked, how can we best ensure that information systems are flexibile? What can we use to help accelerate the implementation of new applications and control the ROI they deliver? How can we cope with peaks in business activity and balance the demand for resources? How can we manage the operational complexity that inevitably results from an explosion in the amount of data needing to be processed, not to mention the multiplicity of technologies?

Outsourcing, a recognised approach to IT governance, brings real answers to these problems, because it involves both financial and operational optimization.

Bull has put flexibility at the heart of its outsourcing services, and will be concentrating on this theme at the IDC outsourcing conference to be held on 20 February, in Paris.

To illustrate the kind of flexibility outsourcing can offer, Bull has invited two of its customers to participate:

  • The French Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Employment (DGEFP) has chosen to outsource the implementation and hosting of Parcours3*, a multi-player business-critical Web solution. With upwards, a highly complex financial and legal problem to be solved. Outsourcing has proved to be a driver for flexibility, thanks in particular to the financial, legal and contractual arrangements put in place.

  • The need to continually keep developing its information system, make the most of a very varied range of existing applications, and optimise its costs has led Eramet, the rapidly-growing French mining and metallurgy group, to outsource the running of its servers. One of the key drivers for optimization has been the establishment of ‘working units’, providing greater transparency in relation to prime contractors and a more detailed cost estimations. As a result, outsourcing is proving to be an engine for progress.

As an outsourcing supplier, Bull will describe how it takes into account its customers’ needs for flexibility, thanks to its large-scale production capacity, expertise in IT governance, and contractual approach.

* Parcours 3 is a management support application for career development, and professional and social integration for young people aged between 16 and 25. It is used by 504 French job centers located in every French region.

For more information and registration (French only) >>
interview with P. Pauty, Director of the Bull Data Center >>

Seminar: Optimizing your Oracle Database Infrastructure with DataScale - Thursday February 21st - Vilnius, Lithuania

Discover how you can regain control of your infrastructure

It is no secret that having your data spread across several database servers dramatically increases the cost of storing and administering your data, but more importantly it also restricts flexibility and limits cost effective high availability.

Join us and learn how database consolidation can help you:

  • Optimize computing power and storage resources - get more from less

  • Increase performance and reduce data processing response time -
    achieve a faster response

  • Facilitate the implemention of 24/7 availability and disaster recovery solutions - secure your data

  • Achieve better flexibility to cope with business requirement changes - simplify change

  • Provide enhanced data sharing and better visibility for effective business intelligence - put your data to work for your business.


With DataScale from Bull, your move towards a consolidated database will benefit from Bull's expertise; offering a pre-validated, end-to-end, ready to deploy and cost effective database infrastructure solution to improve your IT systems efficiency, increase your availability and enhance your return on investment.

More information >>
Learn more about DataScale >>

Optimizing your Oracle Database Infrastructure with DataScale - March 5 - Prague, Czech Republic

Discover how you can regain control of your infrastructure

It is no secret that having your data spread across several database servers dramatically increases the cost of storing and administering your data, but more importantly it also restricts flexibility and limits cost effective high availability.

Join us and learn how database consolidation can help you:

  • Optimize computing power and storage resources - get more from less

  • Increase performance and reduce data processing response time -
    achieve a faster response

  • Facilitate the implemention of 24/7 availability and disaster recovery solutions - secure your data

  • Achieve better flexibility to cope with business requirement changes - simplify change

  • Provide enhanced data sharing and better visibility for effective business intelligence - put your data to work for your business.


With DataScale from Bull, your move towards a consolidated database will benefit from Bull's expertise; offering a pre-validated, end-to-end, ready to deploy and cost effective database infrastructure solution to improve your IT systems efficiency, increase your availability and enhance your return on investment.

More information & registration >>
Learn more about DataScale >>

OpenExpo - Bern, Switzerland – 12-13 March

Implementing a Service-Oriented Architecture infrastructure: solutions, learning points and best practices

Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs) and Business Process Management (BPM) are at the heart of tomorrow’s great challenges. Bull, as a major IT player in several large Open Source communities, and one of Europe’s leading systems integrators, will be presenting a wide range of the Open Source solutions that respond most effectively to these issues.

Conferences being planned include:

  • Jean-Eric Minier, Director of Bull Switzerland: Deploying a Service-Oriented Architecture: Open Source solutions and best practices

  • Goulven Lejeune, SOA architect, Bull: Open Source at the heart of Business Process Management technologies (BPM and workflow): the range of available solutions

  • Goulven Lejeune, SOA architect, Bull: Accelerating business application developments with NovaForge, the Bull’s open software development factory

  • Benjamin Mestralet, CEO eXo Platform: A new generation Open Source platform for portals, content management (ECM) and collaborative working: eXo 2.0

During the afternoon of 12 March, visitors will also have an opportunity for discussion with Jean-Pierre Laisné, President of OW2, the leading international Open Source middleware consortium, and director of QualiPSo, the main Open Source project supported by the European Commission.

The exhibition will close with an award to the winner of Bull’s OpenExpo 2008 competition

More information about OpenExpo >>
Discover "The Open Source revolution" white paper >>

Optimizing your Oracle Database Infrastructure with DataScale - April 16 - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Discover how you can regain control of your infrastructure

It is no secret that having your data spread across several database servers dramatically increases the cost of storing and administering your data, but more importantly it also restricts flexibility and limits cost effective high availability.

With DataScale from Bull, your move towards a consolidated database will benefit from Bull's expertise; offering a pre-validated, end-to-end, ready to deploy and cost effective database infrastructure solution to improve your IT systems efficiency, increase your availability and enhance your return on investment.

Register >>
Program (information in Slovenian) >>

WebOS and future Web applications - Paris, 18 April

To mark the launch of the collaborative portal software suite eXo enterprise WebOS, eXo and Bull are jointly organizing a seminar focused on WebOS technologies and the future of Web applications. Case studies from French television channel M6 and the Belgian Ministry of Finance will showcase WebOS technology at work, with the involvement of Bull, a contributor to eXo technology and systems integrator for the Belgian Ministry. The seminar will conclude with an exceptional panel discussion on ‘Web applications of the future’, with the Mozilla Foundation, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and Google all taking part.

For more information and registration >>
More information >>

2nd European Identity Conference - April 22-25, Munich, Germany

For hundreds of Identity Management professionals, the European Identity Conference provides an unbiased source of new insights and ideas on a broad scale. They can attend business-oriented briefings, hands-on like workshop sessions, and a great number of best practices presentations from real world deployments. With its community-like social networking and knowledge sharing opportunities, the European Identity Conference has become an annual must-attend event.

Evidian will be showing its identity and access management solutions, together with its partners Microsoft and Omada.

More information >>
More about Evidian's Identity & Access Management offer >>

Overheid ICT - Utrecht, April 22-24

Bull presents Midoffice solution

22-24 April are important dates for the Dutch central and local governments: during a 3-day trade show, all ICT vendors and integrators will be present to show their solutions.

Over the past years, Bull Nederland N.V. has acquired an important position in the local government market. Bull is one of the most important suppliers of so-called Midoffice infrastructures, which are the driving technology behind the modernization of many administrative procedures, including requests for documents like passports and driver’s licenses, but also building permits and complaints. These services are linked to many different proprietary applications. On average, a small municipality hosts 40 to 50 various applications, each with their own interface, and usually focused on internal use.

Using the power of Open Source
In order to liberate IT organizations from the dependency of these proprietary systems, Bull has designed a open architecture that allows systems to interoperate, exchange data, and deliver high-class service to the end users of local governments: every Dutch citizen.

Bull’s solution makes it possible to make these applications available through an independent layer, based on Open Source technology and server virtualisation. Local governments can achieve unparalleled availability of their most critical services thanks to the blueprint Bull has worked out.

More than 3,000 visitors are expected to visit this yearly trade show. Apart from the Midoffice architecture, Bull Nederland N.V. will also present its new solutions for High Availability and integrated data protection.

More about Overheid & ICT >>

JavaOne - 6-8 may 2008, San Francisco

With OW2 consortium, Bull will participate to JavaOne and demonstrate its Open Source middleware contributions and solutions, notably its solutions for Business Process Management and workflow Orchestra and Bonita, the JOnAS application server and the EasyBeans EJB container. Bull will also present its latest join developments with JBoss Red Hat and OW2, notably the "Process Virtual Machine", a revolutionarytechnology for BPM, that will be announced at this event.

More information on Bull Open Source contributions >>
More information on JavaOne >>

LinuxDays 2008 - Geneva - 21 & 22 May

With its commitment to Open Source and involvement in the international OW2 consortium, as well as various other European projects, Bull is the European integrator of choice for deploying Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) in situations where business process management systems (BPMS) are ideally suited to the task of automating both business processes and technical operations, providing new architectural models for customers seeking economic and organizational efficiency.

Bull will be present at the LinuxDays in Geneva in the OW2 village, and will be taking part in the following seminars:

Wednesday 21 May

  • 12:00pm , room B : Bull NovaForge™, the collaborative tool for software development by Emmanuel Rias

  • 15:00, room B : INRIA A collaborative environment for a competitive approach to innovation , by Luc Laurens

  • 16:00, room B : eXo Platform Virtualizing the workstation via the Web – it can be done! by Benjamin Mestrallet

Thursday 22 May

  • 12:00pm, room E: Bull eXo Web OS and Bonita Workflow: managing agile content , by Rodrigue Le Gall

  • 14:00pm, room E : Bull JOnAS 5 the new-generation applications server , by François Exertier

  • 14:00pm, room C: OW2 A business ecosystem using Open Source: the experience of the OW2 consortium , by Cédric Thomas

  • 15:00pm, room E: FT Orange Clif & Salomé-tmf: Open Source tools, extendable via plug-ins, for controlling the qualification of software systems , by Thomas Escalle

  • 16:00pm, room B : Bull NovaBonita & NovaOrchestra: New-generation Open Source for Business Process Management (BPM), by Pierre Vigneras

Bull’s Open Source offerings >>
More about LinuxDays 2008 >>

IAM 2008 - Madrid, May 21-22

Evidian will be present at the 2nd annual Identity and Access Management (IAM 2008) meeting in Madrid, organized by IIR España. This event is a major meeting point of Spanish IAM professionals. Information security managers will meet with solution and service providers and discuss the real-life implementation of single sign-on, identity federation and user provisioning. The practical, organizational aspects of IAM projects are a major theme of this conference.

For more information >>

Bull takes part in the 2nd European Health Information Technologies congress - Paris, 27-30 May

The HIT 2008 Congress – which takes place from 27-30 May at Paris/Expo Porte de Versailles Hall 1 – is an essential business forum for healthcare professionals, users and companies involved in building high-quality, consistent healthcare information systems.

Bull is heavily involved in this event, and will use the HIT exhibition to present its full range of solutions dedicated to the health sector and the main projects in the French government’s 2012 Hospital Plan initiative, including implementation of:

  • The single electronic patient record system – along with its partner, Medasys, publisher of the DxCare® clinical software

  • Comprehensive Business Intelligence (BI) solutions for medical/financial control

  • Security solutions, against the backdrop of the government’s Confidentiality Decree.


  • Bull is capitalizing in particular on the excellent coverage of its regional network in France – which is already well established in the hospital sector – as well as on its Services Centers, to offer a complete value chain of services and products. These include making available the requisite technical architecture, consultancy, implementation services, scoping, systems integration, hosting, and change management support.
    You’re welcome to come and meet our experts and partners on the Bull stand.

    More about HIT Expo >>

IDC Conference
Green IT: the IT Department at the heart of energy management performance - Paris, May 29

Ensuring that business activities take environmental concerns into account is much more than just a passing trend. It’s more than just an ethical issue: keeping an organization’s carbon footprint under control is becoming an urgent necessity, particularly given current and forthcoming regulatory constraints and, above all, inexorably rising energy costs.

And this affects the IT sector at least as much as any other. We enter the age where businesses are measured by the tons of CO2 they generate, and it is still true that IT hardware is consuming more and more electricity. The growing number of Data Centers, the development of technologies with a high energy consumption, and the introduction of distributed IT architectures are all accompanied by a rising demand for energy. So the IT Department is effectively responsible for generating some substantial increases in costs, to the point where energy management is now among the key operational factors that need to be kept under control.

Similarly, although it may initially have been quite a ‘conceptual’ notion, the concept of ‘Green Computing’ or ‘Green IT’ is no longer just a marketing ploy used to differentiate hardware and software solution providers, but a fully-fledged and deeply serious approach to doing business that has to guide IT Departments.

This IDC conference aims to set out the current situation in full, and identify the issues we have to face up to now, along with the solutions that are available to you to resolve the balancing act of achieving economic, technological AND environmentally-friendly performance.

Did you know that in the space of just five years, the cost of the energy to run their computer systems will represent 60% of overall company energy spending?

Bull, a Platinum sponsor
Didier Lamouche, Bull Chairman and CEO, will deliver a keynote address entitled: ‘In the face of the growing demands generated by Green IT, a new vision: the Bio Data Center™’, at 12.25pm, during the session dedicated to the future prospects for Green IT.

In addition, Bruno Pinna, Bull Corporate Marketing Director, will lead a seminar on how to deploy a Bio Data Center:
- Energy efficiency and virtualization
- Engineering the Data Center
- Tools for managing complexity
- Control.

Find out more and register (using the promotional code 'GRINV') >>

Bull – IDC European storage Roadshow - April - June 2008

Don’t live in fear for your data: best practice in data storage

Every year the amount of data to be managed is growing by 60%, ten times the rate at which IT budgets are increasing! In parallel, the sheer complexity of data, demands for a higher quality of service and regulatory constraints are expanding. IT Departments face a huge challenge: how do they revolutionize their approach to data storage? What kinds of strategies are needed? How do they reduce risks? What best practices can they follow? And how can they implement the latest technologies: deduplication, Back-up to Disk (B2D), Virtual Tape Libraries (VTLs), Continuous Data Protection (CDP)...? Now you can exclusively benchmark your organization against your peers and evaluate successful methodologies, with the first pan-European research study – carried out by IDC and Bull – on data storage priorities and best practices. With the help of Bull and its partners, you can also discover more about forthcoming technological innovations and hear about real-life experiences.

Program
IDC – Results of the IDC/Bull research into best practice in data storage in Europe: exclusive feedback and experiences from 100 organizations.
Bull and its partners – Data Storage: successful strategies for archiving and protecting your data, and guaranteeing operational continuity.
Case studies from IT Directors/CIOs – Real-life experiences
In partnership with Brocade, EMC, NetApp, Overland and Sun/StorageTek.

Registration
Limited number of places – Register now to receive your invitation to the Roadshow and hear the results of the IDC/Bull research:
FRANKFURT - 10 April 2008
MADRID - 24 April 2008
PARIS - 27 May 2008
AMSTERDAM - June 2008
LONDON - June 2008

Web seminars: Apr 17 and May 29

Register now >>

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