Brazil and France announce a strategic collaborative agreement in the area of information technology
SERPRO joins forces with Bull to share the benefits of Open Source innovation
8, 2009 -
SERPRO (Brazil's largest State-owned IT services agency) and Bull (the French and European Leader in Information Technology) are today announcing that they have reached a ground-breaking collaborative agreement, focused around the joint development of innovative Open Source and free software technologies for e-government services.
Through this agreement SERPRO (Serviço Federal de Processamento de Dados) and the Brazilian State will have access to Bull's most innovative Open Source technologies, which are mainly developed by Bull at its state-of-the-art R&D laboratories, mainly located in Grenoble, France. It will help Brazil, already the worldwide pioneer country in the use of Open Source for e-government services go one step further in the development of next generation Open Source-based e-government and education services.
The agreement will extend and improve the existing relationship on Open Source between SERPRO and Bull established inside the OW2 consortium, the world leader in open middleware solutions. It will cover co-operation in the following areas:
Open middleware solutions
Software development frameworks, mainly focused on improving SERPRO and Bull's current platforms (Demoiselle and NovaForgeTM)
Open software oriented towards innovative education (Web 2.0, etc).
This is the largest collaborative agreement ever signed between Brazil and France. It will be followed by subsequent agreements with various different Brazilian authorities in other strategic areas of IT.
The Federal Service for Data Processing (SERPRO) is the biggest public company to provide services on information technology of Brazil. It was created under the law nº 4,516, on December 1964, to modernize and to offer pace to the strategical sectors of the public administration. It is a company involved with the Treasury Department and it grew developing programs and services that allowed greater control and transparency on the revenew and the public expenses. It was consolidated, throughout the years, improving technologies adopted by several federal, state and municipal agencies, and incorporated to the life of the Brazilian citizen.
It is physically located in a central headquarters (in Brasilia) and also in ten branches distributed throughout the national territory. There are 8,522 employees placed in more than 330 Brazilian cities. Its performance market is in the segment of the public finances, constituted by the Treasury Department with its offices and other agencies, corresponding to 85.2% of business volume of the Company. It also operates in the segment of the structured and integrated measures of the Federal Public Administration, which is constituted by the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management and extends to other governmental agencies, which can constitute measures in this segment and demand distinctive services of the Company.
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Bull is a leader in secure mission-critical digital systems. The Group is dedicated to developing and implementing solutions where computing power and security serve to optimize its customers' information systems, to support their business.
Bull operates in high added-value markets including computer simulation, Cloud computing and 'computing power plants', outsourcing and security.
Currently Bull employs around 9,000 people across more than 50 countries, with over 700 staff totally focused on R&D. In 2011, Bull recorded revenues of 1.3 billion.
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