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As 'Architect of an Open World', Bull has developed and integrated mission-critical platforms and applications for hundreds of the world’s largest organizations, in Europe and Americas.

Bull supports Radio France in its all-digital strategy

In an age when the dissemination of information is undergoing radical transformation, with Bull’s help Radio France is rethinking one of the core elements of its digital strategy: its communications infrastructure. As digital technology becomes more widespread, the way radio is used changes, and new demands are being placed on the business, updating the network is an integral part of a massive program, designed to deliver high levels of added value, at the core of Radio France’s business.

The DIMAP calls on Bull to help implement a new approach to on-line public service delivery

As part of its role to modernize the way that the French State operates and is managed, the State Modernization Agency, the DIMAP (Direction interministérielle pour la modernisation de l’action publique) has chosen Bull to develop a new 'factory' for the creation and optimization of new approaches to on-line services. Putting government services on line involves implementing a generic platform which takes into account the constant evolution of on-line services offerings and responds to extremely demanding constraints in terms of timescales, security and costs. Bull and its partners have been chosen to define the functionality of the 'on-line services factory' which will guarantee this kind of agility. The 'factory' will consist of five functional areas: dialogue and recording of requests, submission of requests, monitoring of requests, supervision and administration. It will enable new computerized services to be automatically designed, formalized and put on line.

Bull: playing a vital role in the French employment office's information systems

Created at the end of 2008, Pole emploi is the new body responsible for employment in France. Bull is playing a key role in this vast transformation project, participating in six separate programs of work. Bull is directly involved in open systems engineering projects and methodologies for developing Java and Cobol frameworks, which will be central to the business applications of the future. Bull is also involved in several large-scale BI projects, including SID (the new BI system), datamining, finance and fraud prevention. As Daniel Urbani, Deputy Managing Director of Information Systems at Pôle Emploi explains: “Bull’s responsiveness and its ability to understand our needs are real advantages given the transformation that has to be achieved.”The teams involved at Bull are organized into ‘service centers’, so appropriate resources can be mobilized wherever they are needed, while sharing the same project vision. They are all using Bull's NovaForge™ software development platform.

PGNiG gets closer to its customers thank to Bull

In 2007, following the liberalization of the country’s energy market, PGNiG (Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo), the largest Polish oil and gas company, was looking for a partner whose know-how and technology would enable it to implement a new communications strategy and Internet-based customer service mechanisms, in very short timescales. AMG.net (Bull subsidiary) was chosen to be that partner. AMG.net provided both its portal technology and many years of experience and expertise, based on designing mass-market customer services systems for large companies, including TPSA, the country’s biggest operator). It's a first-rate IT project meeting PGNiG’s high standards for data security and systems integration.

Bull integrates RH@psodie, the French Navy's HR and payroll information system

The French Navy wanted to rework and combine all its HR and payroll information systems. The aim was to harmonize them, computerize processes while ensuring complete security, improve quality and share resources. Bull was the prime contractor on the project, which involved a great deal of organizational and functional input, providing everything from development to infrastructure integration and getting the system up and running. Bull also provided support for the whole user community and contributed to change management for the new HR and payroll system.

Bull to partner the Val d’Oise council in the further development of the CapwebCT

The regional council for the Val d’Oise departement in France has set itself the aim of helping the smaller local authorities in its area innovate thanks to New Information and Communications Technologies (NICTs).
100% Open Source, CapwebCT is approved by the Cap Digital competitiveness cluster. Having been closely involved with the CapwebCT project ever since its initiation (with the prototype for the CapInfo Web site generator and a functional survey of service groupings for CapDémat), Bull has now been chosen as the provider of both corrective and evolutionary application maintenance, as well as host for the platform.

In Brazil, Banco do Brasil chooses Bull to supply multi-document processing solution

In December 2010, Bull Latin America signed a contract with Banco do Brasil (the State-controlled Brazilian bank and the biggest bank in Brazil) to supply products and services for a turnkey financial and non-financial document processing solution, using distributed document image capture, automatic image identification and classification, automatic data extraction using OCR[1] and ICR[2] technologies, signature verification, document formatting, data extraction and legacy systems integration for business transactions. This is a classic, although highly complex, example of a paperless system. The project involves the deployment of both the main and back-up document processing centers within the bank’s data centers, with distributed document capture units all over the country (in 5,000 branches) connected via networks.

Mobile communications take off with Bull and OnAir

Whether for business or personal reasons, being able to make phone calls and connect to the Internet while you are on a plane is something many passengers really want. Thanks to OnAir, this is now possible on over 10,000 flights a month to 280 destinations, in more than 70 countries. Set up in 2005 by SITA, the specialist in telecommunications for the global aviation sector, and the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, OnAir has developed an in-flight system for mobile phone calls via satellite. With Bull’s help, what was originally an enticing idea has now become a flexible and robust commercial proposition which has already won over many prestigious airlines.

EUROCONTROL awards 43 million euro contract to consortium led by Bull

EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, has awarded a multi-year contract for the development and testing of business critical applications to a consortium led by Bull. Besides the development and testing, Bull will be leading a strategic transformation office helping EUROCONTROL transition its sourcing strategy. The total contract value is 43 million euro spread over the next five years, with a possible prolongation of another two years.

O Boticário: a continental-scale challenge

Bull provides all the IT systems and services as part of the turnkey communications solution along with telecoms operator Embratel, and is responsible for its design, integration, implementation, operation and maintenance.

An innovative Geographic Information System (GIS) in Languedoc-Roussillon

Bull has defined a global solution, working in close collaboration with the Water and Natural Risk Prevention Department, in order to establish a comprehensive data map. This makes it easier for the mapping applications to use the data and for it to be fully integrated with the Regional Council’s GIS platform. A highly functional, coherent and innovative solution, the ONR now plays a central role in the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Council’s flood prevention arsenal.

OPT chooses Bull to lauch new multi-Play services in new caledonia

OPT, the publicly-owned Post and Telecommunications Office in New Caledonia offers a comprehensive range of telecoms services. At the heart of its business activities, the Comptel mediation platform is used to collect billing data and activate services. In order to launch innovative new offerings, and multi-play services in particular, OPT has asked Bull to integrate new functionality into a convergent platform that will deliver greater flexibility and efficiency to OPT.

Languedoc Roussillon Regional Council calls on Bull to modernize its information system

The Languedoc Roussillon Regional Council is relying on an ambitious IT masterplan to build a reliable information system that delivers significant added value. The system will not only have to meet business needs, but also reflect the global action strategy set out in the ‘Regional Pact.Whether they are designed to support the local population directly or to contribute to the development of innovative business practices within the regional authority, the projects that Bull is carrying out will all contribute significantly to meeting the Region’s objectives: Bull has designed, developed and is responsible for the continued evolution of ‘@gile’, a portal that provides a single interface between high-schools and the Regional Council. Bull was responsible for leading and delivering the SIGEP project: a Business Intelligence system designed to evaluate public services actions and to respond to the needs expressed by the various functions within the Council.

BRED Banque Populaire chooses NovaForge as its core software development platform

For BRED, the choice of a software forge was driven on the one hand by the need to effectively manage the various components in the development chain and the pace at which they are changing, and on the other by the need to improve the whole software development process. Without the need for costly and restrictive migrations, and taking full advantage of a collaborative development environment, BRED has been able to embark on a truly industrial approach. Bull has supported the bank throughout this project, defining the target platform and providing its NovaForge software development factory, migrating applications and development infrastructures to the new environment, and updating the architecture to ensure that it conforms with the new standards. Bull provides support for various standard and specific components, guaranteeing a very high level of responsiveness, working closely with the development teams.
Almost 245 projects are currently being hosted in BREDForge.

AGPM calls on Bull to redevelop its mission critical applications

AGPM is an independent group operating in the social economy and governed by the principles of mutuality, which serves the defense and military community. Over the past five years, the insurer has undertaken a vast program to update its I.S, and has turned to Bull to support it in evolving its mission critical applications. AGPM’s aim is to migrate all its core business applications to open environments. Following an initial phase dedicated to migrating the incident management application, a second stage has now begun, which involves establishing the technological building blocks on which the entire future information system will depend.Given the scale of the planned programs of work, AGPM have chosen Bull to help it implement a software development factory for Java/J2EE and ETL applications. This is based on NovaForge™, Bull’s platform which includes all the industrial-scale processes and tools needed in software development projects.

DCNS takes an industrial approach to developing on-board systems software with Bull

DCNS is a leading European player on the world market for naval defense systems. The Group designs, builds and supports surface combatants, submarines and mission-critical systems and equipment incorporating the most advanced technologies. On the strength of its work on the NovaForge collaborative development platform, based on Open Source, Bull has been responsible for software engineering services (modeling, tooling...) for DCNS since 2006. From a very early stage, Bull has supported the GEMO (GEneric and MOdular) open architecture developed by DCNS for its new-generation Combat Management System. Bull's investments in this innovative architecture has helped it to rapidly win a growing amount of business working on DNCS' large-scale programs such as the new-generation strategic nuclear ballistic missile submarine 'Le Terrible' and its FREMM multi-purpose frigates.

Bull modernizes Egyptian tax administration

A consortium set up by Bull with the US affiliate of Raya, the leading Egyptian IT services provider, has won a contract for the procurement, development, customization and implementation of an integrated tax management and administration system for the Egyptian Tax Authority. 
Part of the country's fiscal reform and modernization programme, the goal of this particular component is to improve the efficiency of tax administration in Egypt. Delivering this project involves many thousands of manpower days of services. The project features e-ris, Bull's comprehensive solution for Tax Administrations aimed at improving, via automation and the use of leading edge technologies, the reliability and efficiency of their tax collection processes. Bull's e-ris' flexibility will enable the Tax Authority to become the true owner of the system - reducing their dependence on contracted suppliers or out-sourced maintenance services.

Ile-de-France Regional Council uses Open Source with Bull to enable flexible rationalization

Ways of using public services are changing fast, The largest Regional Council in France, the Ile-De-France Council wanted to be ready to meet rapidly the needs of new reforms like the RGPP1. For that, the organization has embarked on some major programs to make its Information Systems more agile and powerful, leveraging Open Source as a way of reducing the life cycle of projects, making savings in the very short term but also guaranteing transparency and, above all, responsiveness, to rapidly control the way the projects evolve depending on changing needs. To enable these actions, the Council has chosen to use Bull’s NovaForge platform for several of its software developments… Today more than 25 PHP, J2EE or Java projects are hosted on NovaForge. The objective is to gradually extend the use of this tool across the whole organization, so the Council can use it to host the Ile de France Regional Council’s application base.


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By Jean-Michel Rondeau, Head of the Economic Intelligence Unit at Bull Services.

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