In the field of portals, Bull has established strategic partnerships with 4 leading publishers.
Bull is an international partner of Liferay, with successful projects in France, Spain, Poland and Brazil. Backed by its privileged relationship with Liferay, the expertise of its development teams and the experience shared through its worldwide Services Centers and Skills Centers, Bull has developed an integration environment dedicated to new-generation Enterprise Portal projects: PADS (Portal Application Design Suite). PADS is a solution that enables heterogeneous business applications to be integrated and combined within a Web portal. The solution is built using a structure of Open Source bricks (Liferay, Bonita, FuseESB, and Drools) and a set of integration components. With an innovative architecture and wide functional coverage, the product comprises several integrated modules, packaged and ready to use (PADS-Portal, PADS-BPM, PADS-ESB) and a tool box supporting the life cycle of the product (IDE, Studio, CMS, Administration).
Bull is s recognised specialist in heterogeneous environments, where Unix, mainframe, Open Source and Windows® systems co-exist. Bull is therefore in a position to take full advantage of solutions from Microsoft®, which is committed to interoperability to facilitate the integration of its products with third-party solutions. The partnership between Bull and Microsoft® covers the entire value chain of the information system. Bull highlights decision-making and the Data Warehouse, large infrastructures and Extreme Computing. In terms of services, Bull covers the entire spectrum, from consultancy to operation, including systems support based on Microsoft® technologies. Among them, Fast Track and SQL Server® for Business Intelligence, Hyper-V™ for virtualisation, Sharepoint® for collaborative applications and the .Net environment for application development.
The first version of Bonita was released in 2001 through the French National Institute for Data Processing Research (INRI). It allowed the processes in a business to be created, orchestrated and improved in combination with its information system. Bonita has incubated over 7 years in Bull’s R&D teams and is now being supported by BonitaSoft. BonitaSoft was created in 2009 and is the first publisher of a Business Process Management (BPM) solution in the Open Source community. The company has sites in France (Grenoble and Paris), the United States (Boston and San-Francisco), as well as in China (Beijing), and offers a complete range of services from training to support and consulting publisher. Bull’s business experience and understanding can be used to integrate numerous software packages in complex information systems. Bonita adapts to all types and sizes of businesses. Being historically close to the founders of BonitaSoft, Bull has developed specific development, integration and support skills. Bull provides one-stop Open Source industrial support and complements support for the Bonita Open Solution software with telephone and local support, covering levels 1 and 2 in addition to level 3 support from BonitaSoft.
Oracle is a partner with Bull for both database applications and middleware. An Oracle Platinum partner, Bull was committed very early to Fusion Middleware offers. In this context, Bull in France and internationally has developed specific expertise in Oracle WebCenter Portal, a solution combining a portal and composite applications that enable users to benefit from an intuitive experience integrating their business applications in complete transparency. Bull has dedicated Skills Centers in Grenoble and Poland staffed by a hundred consultants, architects, designers and developers working on these technologies. They get involved in projects covering Portal & Multi-channel, Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), electronic services and setting up SOA Architectures, during the development of complex projects or as part of Third-Party Applications Maintenance (TAM). Complementing skills on Oracle WebCenter Portal, Bull has teams specialised on Oracle ATG Commerce, the leading inter-channel commercial platform. These teams have had the opportunity to develop particularly innovative systems in the world of Finance and Telecoms in Poland. Furthermore, Bull has developed specific business skills in the fields of finance, logistics (including e-procurement), management of services, business and human resources.
Bull has also established close partnerships with other portal publishers (SAP, eZPublish and others) and can integrate most of the solutions on the market.