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July 2006
Modernizing Information Systems for tomorrow’s health services
2nd Health Conference 2006, organized by IDC,
20 September, at the Westin hotel, Paris

By 2007 there will be more than 3,000 establishments responsible for public healthcare in France: over 1,000 of them in the public sector and around 2,000 in the private sector. This is a highly sensitive sector, being one of those areas that can reap greatest benefit from the latest advances in information technology. And yet, regulations and confidentiality requirements, the constraints of cost control and in addition the emergence of a new patient monitoring system, are opening new horizons for managers in this sector. IDC analysts, market experts and health sector players will address all these issues that underlie the profound transformations taking place in the French healthcare system.

The program for the day is as follows:
• Users from the hospitals in the French cities of Reims and Lyon, and the regional health authority in Franche Comté will give accounts of their experiences in the field
• The Single Electronic Patient Record (DMP): driving computerization from 2006?
• Transforming hospital information systems
• Computerizing health care procedures
• Security of hospital information systems: a presentation by Hassan Maad, General Manager of Bull Evidian
• Activity-based healthcare tariffs, and HIS (hospital information systems).

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Cost management with new piloting tools
Joint Bull and Business Objects seminar,
26 September in Nantes, France

To help you track your business performance and precisely understand its drivers while running your organization, Business Objects and Bull have organized a seminar on September 26, in Nantes intended for decision makers on the theme: “Cost management with new piloting tools”.

The agenda includes:
• Monique Ranou company, Number 2 in France in self-service delicatessen products, will speak on its return on investment thanks to the implementation of a purchasing and control management solution, based on Business Objects tools, a Bull partner since 1991
• Jean-Michel Jurbert, Business Objects, will present the stakes linked to Business Intelligence’s standardization
• Yannick Rolland, Bull, will make recommendations on implementations, based on Bull’s savoir-faire in the completion of a number of these kinds of projects.

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Free up performance in a multi-core environment

Bull HPC User Convention 2006, Paris, France, September 28-29
The second Bull High Performance Computing User Convention will be held in Paris on September 28-29, 2006, in the unique setting of the Museum of Fairground Arts.
Computing is coming today to a new technological turn. With the processor clock frequency increasing at a slower pace, processors go multi-core to boost performance. Multi core processors offer more computing power, more density, at a reduced cost. However, making full use of the capacities of multi-core processors requires a fundamental rethinking of how to deliver performance. Speed is still important, of course, but parallelism is a must to efficiently distribute the workload between increasingly numerous cores. Optimizing code, tuning applications, choosing the best tools for the massive parallelism brought by multi core processors are key issues to maximize performance.
The Bull HPC User Convention will address these issues, through speakers from major HPC centres, Bull partners, and the Bull HPC Competence Centre. The Convention will also offer many opportunities to for informal exchange between experts from all horizons.

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IT and local area attractiveness, October 12, Paris

Local authorities are at the very heart of economic activity and at the center of the State’s relationship with its citizens. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provide a fantastic opportunity to further improve this key role in the society and strengthen their attractiveness in an increasingly globalized world.
Against this backdrop, what new services can they offer with the help of ICT? How can they prove their dynamism through the use of e-government (for example, in terms of creating employment, improving the quality of their services…)? What technologies are available for them to use? What skills do they need to implement them (change management, security, outsourcing, regulatory compliance, breaking down departmental barriers)?

All these subjects will be covered at a morning event organized by Bull, CIO and French IT magazine Le Monde Informatique on October 12, at the Pavillon Ledoyen in Paris.
André Santini, Deputy Mayor of the town of Issy-les-Moulineaux and Didier Lamouche, Bull Chairman and Chief Executive, will be attending.

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CUBE (the Bull European User Group) UNIX day, October 20, Paris
Following two successful initial sessions, Bull and CUBE are organizing another day where users can share their experiences and learning points on October 20 at the Sofitel in Paris. The event – which will be focused on Bull Escala® servers and their AIX® environment – is not restricted just to CUBE members: any French-speaking customers or prospects will be welcome to attend.

The main theme of the day will be global virtualization of IT architectures, illustrated by customer case studies.

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World eGov Forum, October 18-20, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
Bull est sponsor du World eGov Forum qui se tiendra à Issy-les-Moulineaux, du 18 au 20 octobre prochains.

Bull is sponsor of the World eGov Forum which will be held in October at Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. It will represent a unique opportunity to showcase both the role and the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the public sphere; to present public e-services and citizens’ opinions to all types of publics. South Korea will be the guest of honor of the Forum. Approximately 30 countries will participate in various conferences.
Three plenary sessions, four conference themes and around 20 simultaneous round table discussions are organized around the central question: Which connected society do we want?
• E-inclusion: the real challenge to build the connected society that we want
• E-government as a strong issue of the governments transformation
• Re-invent democracy at the age of information: to a participatory democracy?
On October 18, Didier Lamouche, Bull’s Chairman and CEO will be attending the opening session. Jean-Pierre Barbéris, General Manager, Bull Services and Solutions and Michel Lepert, General Manager, Bull Products and Systems will participate in round tables. The program is in progress.

For more information: Program ( pdf file) or

SC06 –Tampa, USA, November 11-17
SC06, the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking and storage, will convene in November 2006 in Tampa, Florida.

This year the conference will take its inspiration from Albert Einstein who said, "Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination."
Visit the Bull booth (#1651)!

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