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Primeur weekly 2014-01-27

Special

A farewell to Hans Meuer ...

The Cloud

VMware to acquire AirWatch ...

New Australian retail ISP Jiva implements Oracle Service Cloud to empower customers ...

Red Hat upgrades Cloud infrastructure offerings to deliver on the Open Hybrid Cloud Vision ...

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3 enables OpenStack-ready Cloud infrastructure ...

Desktop Grids

JPPF 4.0 raises the bar in the Grid computing arena ...

EuroFlash

Prof. Dr. Hans Werner Meuer passed away January 20, 2014, aged 77 ...

PhD Fellowship Programme at BSC-CNS ...

The Bull group launches "One Bull", its strategic plan for 2014-2017 ...

The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) entrusts scientific data management to Oracle ...

USFlash

SDSC and Leidos to help develop new cybersecurity reference architecture for electrical microgrids ...

SDSC announces 2014 Internship Opportunities for High School Students ...

SC14 Workshop Proposals due February 7th ...

Donated supercomputer to supercharge New Zealand research ...

Houston Methodist Licenses Its Computer Augmented Virtual Environment To Facts And Figures ...

IBM closes acquisition of Aspera ...

Suzhou PowerCore Technology Co. intends to use IBM POWER technology for chip design that pushes innovation in China ...

Lenovo plans to acquire IBM's x86 server business ...

KDDI selects Oracle SuperCluster to strengthen authentication system for mobile core network and support rapid data growth ...

SGI launches new performance-optimized enterprise storage systems and new All-Flash array for Big Data and HPC workloads ...

Liz King joins SGI as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales ...

AMD offers new levels of efficiency with 12- and 16-core additions to the AMD Opteron 6300 Series ...

Dot Hill Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays bring industry-first 2U 48 ultra density form factor, high performance, and enhanced efficiency to the data centre ...

Cirrascale announces improved power solution for BladeRack 2 F-Series ...

The Bull group launches "One Bull", its strategic plan for 2014-2017

20 Jan 2014 Paris - Bull has launched its "One Bull" strategic plan for 2014-2017. Bull aims to become the trusted operator for enterprise data. To achieve this goal, the One Bull plan will harness all of the Group's resources to develop solutions and services that will enable businesses to capture the full value of the data they produce and use. The plan aims to double the Group's EBIT margin over the period to 7% of revenues by 2017, establishing it on a sustainable course for profitable growth.

Philippe Vannier, Chairman and CEO of Bull Group, commented: "Our goal for One Bull is to unleash the value of data. The ramp-up in Cloud services, Big Data and the internet of things means that organisations need to refocus on how information is transforming their business. Bull boasts a unique combination of three areas of expertise - computing power, integration of complex architectures and security - that meets their needs. One Bull should enable customers to move away from conventional digital environments and focus instead on their core business."

The One Bull plan is predicated on three levers, which are intended to develop the Group's competitiveness in an unprecedented manner and to put it back on a sustainable course for profitable growth:

1. Refocusing of activities on Cloud and Big Data services. Its core business will become the integration and management of high-performance systems and secure IT data processing and management solutions underpinning new types of demand. This decision is backed up by:

  • major streamlining of business units that will now be focused on creating value and harnessing synergies for these integrated offerings. Activities will also be pooled into two segments: Data Infrastructure and Data Management which will cover Integration, Security and Cloud. This will enhance the clarity of Bull's business positioning and pave the way for it to be recognised among integrators as the trusted operator for enterprise data.
  • the greater centralisation of investments in Research & Development, which lie at the heart of the value-added of Bull's offerings. These sustainable investments, to which the company devotes more than 6% of its revenues every year, will spearhead the Group's long-term competitiveness, in particular in High Performance Computing (HPC) and security. They will now be complemented by iBull, a new open-ended investment programme that aims to foster innovation internally and to facilitate the early-stage financing of third-party innovation projects focused exclusively on Bull's present and future areas of expertise.

2. Improved efficiency

  • by implementing a savings plan to generate 30 million euro in savings p.a. within 30 months. This objective will be attained by streamlining the organisation around two business segments, a unique commercial organisation, a substantial reduction in the number of business units and the pooling of Bull's positions around the world into five regional clusters.
  • by raising its operating performance with the execution of projects through the implementation of lean management structures, tangible improvement in the resource utilisation rate and the ramp-up in service centres.

3. And an overhaul of the enterprise-wide agreements. To secure the buy-in of Bull's employees, the cornerstone of this plan, a series of initiatives will be implemented to promote the flexibility of the organisation and working hours, competency development, the acquisition of new expertise, business and geographical mobility, professional advancement and the emergence of young talent. This unprecedented and robust investment, which is predicated first and foremost on internal competencies, will be backed up by introducing practices to make Bull a leading employer brand in the technology sector.

One Bull is a plan that will deliver substantial performance improvement based chiefly on internal drivers within Bull. To roll out its initiatives effectively and ensure the objectives that the Group has set itself collectively are reached, three internal "One Bull" transformation programmes, each corresponding to one of the three performance levers, have been implemented, with performance measured regularly and teams' objectives then tailored accordingly.

The gradual improvement in the Group's competitiveness will generate around 200 million euro in cumulative operating cash flow over the period.

Pierre Barnabé, Bull's Chief Operating Officer, stated: "By combining and pooling our areas of expertise and by focusing them on a clear objective, Bull intends to boost its competitiveness and capitalise on steadily growing demand to harness the potential of Big Data. With the One Bull plan, we are aligning our organisation with this objective. We are doing so by increasing the clarity of our offering, setting ourselves priorities and investing in our key assets, chief among which is our people. It represents the start of a new chapter for Bull, which promises to be an unprecedented, ambitious and exciting period in its development."
Source: Bull

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Primeur weekly 2014-01-27

Special

A farewell to Hans Meuer ...

The Cloud

VMware to acquire AirWatch ...

New Australian retail ISP Jiva implements Oracle Service Cloud to empower customers ...

Red Hat upgrades Cloud infrastructure offerings to deliver on the Open Hybrid Cloud Vision ...

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3 enables OpenStack-ready Cloud infrastructure ...

Desktop Grids

JPPF 4.0 raises the bar in the Grid computing arena ...

EuroFlash

Prof. Dr. Hans Werner Meuer passed away January 20, 2014, aged 77 ...

PhD Fellowship Programme at BSC-CNS ...

The Bull group launches "One Bull", its strategic plan for 2014-2017 ...

The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) entrusts scientific data management to Oracle ...

USFlash

SDSC and Leidos to help develop new cybersecurity reference architecture for electrical microgrids ...

SDSC announces 2014 Internship Opportunities for High School Students ...

SC14 Workshop Proposals due February 7th ...

Donated supercomputer to supercharge New Zealand research ...

Houston Methodist Licenses Its Computer Augmented Virtual Environment To Facts And Figures ...

IBM closes acquisition of Aspera ...

Suzhou PowerCore Technology Co. intends to use IBM POWER technology for chip design that pushes innovation in China ...

Lenovo plans to acquire IBM's x86 server business ...

KDDI selects Oracle SuperCluster to strengthen authentication system for mobile core network and support rapid data growth ...

SGI launches new performance-optimized enterprise storage systems and new All-Flash array for Big Data and HPC workloads ...

Liz King joins SGI as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales ...

AMD offers new levels of efficiency with 12- and 16-core additions to the AMD Opteron 6300 Series ...

Dot Hill Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays bring industry-first 2U 48 ultra density form factor, high performance, and enhanced efficiency to the data centre ...

Cirrascale announces improved power solution for BladeRack 2 F-Series ...