View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
April 29, 1994


By CBR Staff Writer

Underlining the mischief that self-important and ignorant politicians create when they interfere in the affairs of industrial companies whose business they are incapable of understanding, Compagnie des Machines Bull SA, having been forced into a shotgun marriage with IBM Corp by the great sage of the computer industry in the Elysee Palace, is now desperately casting round for ways to repair the damage in its Unix business. IBM’s own financial problems made it self-evidently a hopelessly inappropriate partner for Bull, as was shown when it declined to contribute to the latest fund-raising exercise – while Bull’s other industrial partner, NEC Corp, duly put its hand in its pocket. NEC is quite prepared to become even more deeply involved, but the IBM deal threw Bull off its MIPS Technologies Inc Unix strategy with NEC and onto PowerPC. Now according to Les Echos, Bull and NEC could decide to work together in Unix systems and software, but for products to be sold beyond 1996, because we are currently on different approaches, a spokesman told the paper. Whether that means PowerPC or R-series is anyone’s guess. NEC and Bull are also seen to be restructuring their mainframe agreements, having abandoned their across-the-board accord on the GCOS 7 line at the end of last year, because of the demands of NEC’s biggest Japanese client. The two are now looking at intensifying their co-operation on the GCOS 8 line, and collaborating on the development of specific aspects of the DPS 7000 line – chips and software, rather than developing a new GCOS 7 machine together: Bull has decided to go parallel (CI No 2,404).

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.