“Atos-Hewlett Packard-Unisys Consortium Overhaul of French Employment Office’s Information System Enters Implementation Phase”
PARIS, FRANCE - April 26, 2000
In January 1999, France's National Employment Office (ANPE) commissioned a consortium comprising Atos, Hewlett Packard and Unisys to revamp its operations information system, with the goal of matching job offers and job seekers faster and more efficiently. Following prototype testing at year-end 1999, the project is entering the implementation phase and deployment across the network of local offices is scheduled to begin in 2002.
One of Europe's Largest Information Systems….
Code-named Geode, the ambitious project will create one of the largest information systems in Europe. It will apply such new technologies as object-oriented programming, Corba and Java to serve a potential base of 6,000 simultaneous users, while interfacing with all of ANPE's 18,000 advisors.
For the introduction of its new services, ANPE has restructured all its offices and trained its advisors in a customer-oriented approach. Its information system also had to be adapted accordingly to serve the needs of its clients and users more effectively.
... To Match Job Seekers and Offers More Effectively
The Geode project integrates the complexity of ANPE's activities, particularly the management of large quantities of data. Nearly five million people subscribe every year and the number of people on the rolls at any one time amounts to nearly four million, all categories combined. This requires the ability both to process massive amounts of data and to deliver more personalized services.
A further objective is to help advisors do their job more efficiently, enable end-to-end processing of job seekers and offers, and facilitate management on a client application basis with reminder schedules, records of specific requirements and other support tools. For management of job seekers, the legacy application is being completely overhauled while maintaining a link with UNEDIC, the unemployment benefits fund.
An Ambitious Project Integrating New Technologies
The solution implemented applies object-oriented technologies to ANPE's business model and transforms it into a scalable client interface. It leverages a uniform three-tier architecture using Unix, Java and Corba. IHM Java computerizes the new operating processes, while business objects posted on national applications servers in Java use an Oracle Parallel Server database and the legacy GCOS8 transactions. Access to processing and to GCOS8 data is enabled by encapsulation of legacy GCOS8 transactions using the S-Cort IC Java solution.
In addition, a specific challenge of the project is to enable the information system to communicate with outside systems. For example, job seekers and companies that post vacancies or offers on ANPE's website will be served faster thanks to the site's interface with Geode.
An Effective Consortium
Atos is prime contractor for the Geode project with responsibility for system specification, design and integration. Hewlett Packard is in charge of system administration and security, while Unisys handles project deployment. The consortium was selected for its creativity and advanced expertise in new technologies.