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Bull ensures information technology will actively help business through the economic crisis

  • Bull launches its NEXT >> program, to help enterprises overcome the current crisis and prepare to meet tomorrow's challenges
  • As a major player in information technology, Bull makes a firm commitment to ensuring that computing is a positive force for escaping the crisis

Paris, April  9, 2009 -

The world has never before been hit by such a dramatic and devastating economic crisis. Faced with an environment marked by insecurity and instability - where fundamental economic values and models are being called into question - businesses have to contend with a difficult present and an uncertain future. Speed, flexibility, control... but above all innovation are becoming absolutely essential as a positive means to overcome the crisis. As a major player in information technology, Bull intends to play its part in this revolution.

"The current crisis is global, and it is structural," explains Didier Lamouche, Chairman and CEO of Bull. "If organizations want to come out of it on top, either they will take the defensive route of cost reductions, or they will opt to be daring and innovative. History shows that businesses who shrink back within themselves in hard times are the ones who climb back up the slope the most slowly when recover comes. Tomorrow's challenges have already been clearly identified: from Green IT to computer simulation. We say to businesses: tackle these issues head-on, today! Bull is there to help organizations grow - even taking advantage of the current crisis - with turnkey solutions and rapid ROI."

NEXT >> A tangible and practical road-map and actions, delivering rapid ROI, to help organizations meet the challenges of the current crisis and prepare for the future

More than ever Bull is ready - by drawing on its wealth of experience and the support of its partners - to ensure that innovation and information technologies are a real springboard to help businesses escape the crisis.

With its 7i program, Bull launched a series of powerful initiatives to respond to the challenges of an open world. Now, with NEXT >>, Bull goes further still and offers a concrete road-map and practical actions to help businesses ensure that their information systems actively help them get through the current difficult times and prepare for the future.

This latest program draws on Bull's extensive capabilities in information management consultancy (covering everything from data storage to Business Intelligence), High-Performance Computing (HPC), Open Source, green technologies and outsourcing. The services and solutions offered as part of the NEXT >> program are designed to help enterprises respond to the immediate challenges of the current crisis - more effective business control, cost reduction and improved competitiveness - while also investing in the future. In particular, NEXT >> includes:

  • A consultancy service designed to facilitate 360° management of information, through Business Intelligence and storage optimization audits. The concrete challenge: real-time detection of risks and opportunities

  • Consultancy and turn-key solutions to encourage innovation, thanks to easier and more cost-effective access to computer simulation. The concrete challenge: innovation at twice the speed

  • A consultancy service and turn-key offerings that allow organizations to take full advantage of collaborative development, with Open Source and Virtual ShoreTM. The concrete challenge: strengthening business application development, while reducing software costs by as much as 60%'

  • Consultancy services to help organizations optimize and consolidate their Data Centers. With its Bio Data CenterTM offering, Bull combines energy audits and intelligent energy management, virtualization and service quality management. The concrete challenge: to reduce Data Center operating costs by between 30% and 60 %, while at the same time improving performance

  • Consultancy and a progressive approach towards computing-on-demand, with an innovative solution: flexible outsourcing. The concrete challenge: to transform capital expenditure (CAPEX) into operating costs (OPEX) for more effective control of fixed costs.

The NEXT >> program is a modular approach, delivering ¿quick wins' through its range of initial audits, a precise road-map with personalized support, and concrete objectives. Thanks to NEXT >> organizations will benefit from rapid ROI, as well as long-term drivers for growth. This revolutionary program helps enterprises consolidate what they already have, and invest in their futures: an excellent springboard for escaping the current crisis.

For more information about NEXT >> and Bull's offerings (including computer simulation, Bio Data CenterTM, Virtual ShoreTM...), click on http://www.bull.com/next

Bull and information technology: helping business to work through the crisis

Over and above its NEXT>> program, in the coming months Bull will be launching a series of new offerings and solutions to respond to the challenges raised by the economic crisis.

The businesses that come out of this crisis on top will be those who have understood how to profit from the step-changes we are currently experiencing. Tomorrow's leaders will be the first to get the measure of these challenges.

Over the past four years, Bull has understood how to be at the forefront of IT innovation. As the only European player with real capability and expertise across the whole of the IT value chain - drawing on an open approach to innovation - Bull has successfully mobilized synergies and gathered intelligence from an open world, in order to transform it into powerful solutions. The result has been a series of landmark innovations, including the most powerful supercomputers ever designed in Europe, the Bio Data CenterTM and Virtual ShoreTM concepts, and globullTM, the world's first truly agile and secure mobile computing platform.

In this world of transformation, Bull has affirmed its position as a major player in the digital revolution, helping organizations to ensure that information technology actively supports them through the crisis and beyond.

About Bull, an Atos company


Bull is the trusted partner for enterprise data. The Group, which is firmly established in the Cloud and in Big Data, integrates and manages high-performance systems and end-to-end security solutions. Bull's offerings enable its customers to process all the data at their disposal, creating new types of demand. Bull converts data into value for organisations in a completely secure manner.

Bull currently employs around 9,200 people across more than 50 countries, with over 700 staff totally focused on R&D. In 2013, Bull recorded revenues of €1.3 billion.

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About Atos

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2013 pro forma annual revenue of €10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline.

For more information, visit: atos.net

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