2010 will no doubt see the start of the economic recovery. So every sector needs to start preparing for the final stages of the crisis so they can take advantage of a return to growth as soon as possible. All that will require innovation, imagination, initiative… three words that perfectly sum up the acquisition of Amesys by Bull: massively approved by our shareholders, who fully recognized the strategic logic of this move that not only marks five years of fundamental transformation for the Group, but also opens a whole new chapter in its history.
In 2009, Bull took on a new dimension. Our solid results, in a difficult economic climate; our innovations, applauded by industry experts; our success in Extreme Computing, where bullx has been named the world’s best supercomputer…. all this validated our strategy and further strengthens Bull’s credibility and image. We are now recognized as a major European player in the digital economy. With the acquisition of Amesys, now it is a case of going even further and getting ready for the future.
Over and above consolidating our shareholder base – so essential for the long-term future and security of the Group and its customers – this move will significantly modify our strategy and our positioning. Much more than just adding to our skill-base, the coming together of Bull and Amesys will bring a new set of responses to tomorrow’s challenges. In transport, the environment, security, energy, healthcare… some colossal challenges are waiting for us. And essential as our efforts in terms of optimization and rationalization may be, they are evidently not going to be sufficient to meet them. Faced with the sheer scale of the task, we are going to have to redefine our businesses, reevaluate our objectives, and give new meaning to our strategies… In short, use innovation to achieve a new vision.
With Amesys, the future is being shaped right now. Thanks to the unprecedented combination of expertise in signal detection and information processing on a massive scale, we will be in great shape to open up new horizons for the future. From this point forward, as a Europe’s leader in large-scale, high security computing infrastructures, Bull is ready to help public and private sector organizations to seize every opportunity offered by the digital world.
We are on the threshold of a new decade, with all its uncertainties and risks, as well as its possibilities and promises. The new year looks set to be vitally important and exciting, both for Bull and for your business. I’m confident that 2010 will be the year when a new spirit will carry us forward, together, towards success
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer