During 2009, Bull launched its NEXT>> program, designed to counter the effects of the economic crisis. The aim? To help business and public sector customers capitalize on information technology to reduce their costs and improve competitiveness. As we enter 2010, the crisis is apparently easing a little, but the recovery is clearly going to be a slow, gradual one. So the NEXT program remains as relevant as ever. These solutions include unifying information management through 360° control of the enterprise (storage and Business Intelligence), accelerating innovation (HPC), optimizing business application development (Open Source and Virtual Shore™), Data Center consolidation (Bio Data Center™) and flexible outsourcing.
To get the new year off to a good start, here is a selection of the very best of the acclaimed white papers and evaluation tests published as part of the NEXT initiative in 2009, as well as opportunities for personalized consulting.
NEXT >> BUSINESS MANAGEMENT – 360° control of the enterprise, through unified information management
In the eye of the storm, it’s vital to anticipate future trends, evaluate and avoid risks, not only in financial but also in commercial and operational terms. The challenge: real-time detection of risks and opportunities.
THREE REAL OPTIONS: with NEXT, you can benchmark your storage strategy against the best practice of leading European IT Departments, revealed in the exclusive IDC/Bull research study: Optimizing storage: issues, difficulties and winning strategies of European companies. Make the most of the exclusive recommendations set out in the white paper: The 7 golden rules for data protection. And request an interview with one of our consultants to help identify possible benefits for your own storage infrastructure.
NEXT >> INNOVATION – Open up new horizons with computer simulation
The crisis itself is a great catalyst for change. A simple defensive policy of cost cutting will not be enough to thrive in this new world order: innovation will be the key to success. The challenge: innovation at twice the speed.
THREE REAL OPTIONS: with NEXT, get a free download of the special edition of La Recherche on new advances in computer simulation for aeronautics, industry, energy, finance, chemistry, biology… Explore Bull-Online, the configuration and ordering site for High-Performance Computing, and bullx, Bull’s latest generation of supercomputers designed for unlimited innovation. And request a personalized interview with one of our consultants.
NEXT >> DEVELOPMENT – Make the most of collective intelligence with social networks and Open Source
Tomorrow, one of the key success factors will be the ability to structure, orchestrate and make the most of communities, whether at the level of business relationships (through social networks), content (Enterprise 2.0) or technologies (Open Source). The challenge: strengthening business developments while reducing software costs by 60%.
FOUR REAL OPTIONS: with NEXT, find out more about Open Source Essentials, 20 solutions to boost your productivity in times of crisis. Benchmark your Open Source strategy by comparing your approach with the best practice of IT Departments across Europe, as revealed in the exclusive Forrester/Bull research study: Open Source paves the way for the next generation of enterprise IT. Make the most of the exclusive recommendations in our white papers: Open Source, from revolution to maturity and Software factories: towards an industrial revolution in application development. And finally, request a personalized consultation with one of our experts.
NEXT >> ENVIRONMENT – Combine financial performance and sustainable development with Green IT
Today, information systems worldwide already account for a carbon footprint equivalent to the aviation industry! This is not just an environmental issue, but also a financial one. The challenge: to reduce Data Center operating costs by 30% to 60 % while improving performance.
THREE REAL OPTIONS: with NEXT, get a free download of the white paper Green computing: driving intelligent energy management… Capitalize on the recommendations in Bio Data Center: managing complexity while protecting the planet. And finally, request a personalized consultation with one of our experts, to find out how an energy efficiency audit could help your organization reduce its carbon footprint and its IT operations costs by up to 30%.
NEXT >> OPERATIONS – Towards on-demand IT, with outsourcing, SaaS and Cloud Computing
Today, and even more so in the future, the enterprises that excel in the international competitive landscape will be those that really understand how to outclass everyone else in their core business, and to surround themselves with the best partners for everything else. Hosting, Software as a Services (SaaS), Cloud Computing… this move towards working with specialist external partners is already widespread. The challenge: to transform capital expenditure (CAPEX) into operating costs (OPEX) for more effective management of your fixed costs.
THREE REAL OPTIONS: with NEXT, get a free download of the special edition of our magazine Open World Outsourcing: computing a the competitive edge. Capitalize on the recommendations in the document Flexible outsourcing. And finally, request a personalized consultation with one of our experts to find out what flexible outsourcing could do for your organization in terms of optimizing and controlling your IT costs.