While American technology giants are engaged in a race to manage the influx of data generated by the Internet and the connected objects, the new headquarters of IBM in Germany could help to take the lead.
IBM announced the launch of a new global headquarters for its business unit IoT Watson in Munich on Tuesday. According to the company, this is its biggest investment in Europe for over twenty years. The new facility, which will feature more than 1,000 employees in the fields of research and customer service, will be the centerpiece of a group of eight regional and global customer centers suggest that IBM plans to gain significant IoT businesses by decentralizing.




Despite Fast Internet growth drivers and the Cloud through new business practices and models, French companies have a significant delay in their digital transformation. Often explained by concerns about data location or complexity of solutions to transform their software in SaaS solutions, this delay can be caught up today with new solutions, including those that are quickly move existing applications to the cloud.
The reality of the transformation in France
Thanks to the contribution of the digital (broadband Internet, cloud infrastructure, Saas software), an era conducive to new economic opportunities looks for firms.

Yet when we look be it at European level, we realize that French companies do not engage in the same way and at the same speed as their competitors to benefit from the gains that the digital transformation is called.

Thus, a single indicator, such as professional web rate, shows that France, which is one of three major European economies and enjoys a respectable rate of domestic equipment to access the Internet (+ 80% of households), is at the same level as much smaller countries like Greece and Hungary.


Beyond this indicator might seem trivial, specific studies on the transformation of the actors may be involved in the digital (large groups ISVs) also highlight the National delay. As cites the Council of Economic Analysis [1] , "Despite a significant demand potential, the digital economy has fallen behind in France." Similarly, the consulting firm McKinsey [2] specifies that "by 2020, France could increase the share of digital in GDP of € 100 billion per year,provided that the companies significantly accelerate their digital transformation  " while "the potential impact of disruptive digital technologies (cloud computing, 3D printing, internet of Things, Big Data ...) amounts to nearly 1000 billion euros in France 2025".

The French Paradox
How then to explain the paradox of a country with a strong digital experience (equipment, software production in many sectors, including CAD, video game, CRM or HR) and together with a significant delay in its investment to solutions designed for Internet (SaaS)?

According Pidault Henry, Director at Deloitte France and expert in cloud migration and SaaS offerings, the location of data remains an issue that hinders the transition to SaaS. The sensitivity of the information, a business intelligence perspective, leads companies to be wary and to require contractual guarantees to the cloud service operators.
According to the expert, another brake on migration of existing applications in the cloud, is the cost and complexity of current offers. originally designed for the consolidation of systems and internal display offset in companies, conventional business deals are often inadequate, from an economic point of view (cost and license management) and functional (thick client, no collaborative features) for an evolution of SaaS applications.
But the risk, according to the expert, for companies and French software companies who do not seek new solutions for the Cloud, is to miss a real opportunity for economic development.

The means to transform its applications
With this in mind, the delay in France incentive to find ways to accelerate to benefit now of potential new uses and new business models.
The side infrastructure (IaaS), more and more solutions - national, European or American - can now satisfy the different needs of enterprises. OVH, Ikoula, Numergy or Cloudwatt, among others, offers that are located in France. Multiple Outsourcers and service companies can also assist companies and publishers in the infrastructure set-up tailored to their needs.
The real complexity lies in how to bring existing applications to the cloud, either business applications or enterprise software developed by publishers.
In this context, three options in the strategy for a comprehensive porting software to the cloud, are possible. The following table summarizes the, with their corresponding time and cost parameters.

Possible scenarios for migrating an existing application in cloud solution.
Scenario
Time
Cost
Acquisition equivalent native cloud competing solution (startup)
⌚⌚⌚

$$$$$$$$
internal rewriting native cloud solution
⌚⌚⌚⌚⌚⌚⌚


$$$$$

rapid transformation solution
(streaming d’application + plugins cloud)
$ To $$$
(Depending on the technology choice)

- The acquisition of a competing solution, often after a startup, is to buy technology that provides near its existing application functionality. Note that insufficient functional recovery may require an adjustment phase. But when such a solution exists, it is the opportunity for rapid modernization.

- The complete rewrite in native cloud solution allows to start on new bases and may be the most tempting. But the rewrite time is a parameter difficult to appreciate, besides the fact that it takes to acquire new skills within the company. Because it would not involve knowing the same disappointment as DHL [3] , where the porting of existing through its complete rewrite, resulted in a failure by underestimating the complexity and the time required, despite the support of leading companies in the field of services and software (in this example, the dry financial loss - that is to say, the expenditure without any end result - was 345 million euros).

- If the objective is primarily the acceleration of its digital transformation, the more effective is to choose a system for converting the output of its application in HTML5 flow, making it directly used in any Internet browser. This pathway is particularly interesting that new market solutions, economically accessible and offering true SaaS capabilities, such as multi-user collaboration and usage statistics exist today.

Opt for hybrid processing
A hybrid approach and "lean" that we could recommend to be there quickly in the field of SaaS, while planning a natively cloud version would be to choose two scenarios in parallel: take a quick transformation solution (streaming of cloud application with plugins) and start at the same time, incrementally, rewriting the application in cloud release.

This hybrid approach allows to adapt today to new business models and new uses, while moving slowly towards a new solution that can be planned over several years.
The profound changes that the digital drives in the company as regards management bodies, senior management and governing bodies. Already widely used in companies for which information is an asset, the portal governance also meets today at risk of leakage of sensitive data at an average cost of € 2.86 million for the company that undergoes, according to recent studies (Forrester, PWC and Iron Montain) not to mention the horrible picture of such damages to the shareholders of these companies. To understand the issues related to the adoption of a portal of governance, we propose to run through a white paper on this very sensitive subject. Here is an excerpt of this white paper, free download:

Governance and Security:

The information exchanged during a Board of Directors are sensitive and their degree of confidentiality is naturally very high. 
Security issues are essential:
  • How to choose the right system? House? External ?…
  • Who manages and accesses the system?
  • Where is the data stored? Locally?
  • In France ? In Europe ? Outside of Europe?
  • What are the rights of everyone to save or print a document?
  • What will happen if a user loses a laptop or iPad?
  • Is the data encrypted? How ?
  • Is that the solution provides strong user authentication?
A portal to the Board of Directors supports the governance of the company. It must be reliable and ensure confidentiality. The state of the art requires in particular that its access is done via security protocols protecting information shared by the authorized users. When a user is authenticated, all of the information exchanged with the portal, as well as the username and password are encrypted using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. This encryption protects documents and other information during transit between your computer or tablet and the gate of the board and vice versa.
To guarantee a maximum level of security, the portal connection is reinforced by a two-factor authentication; the user must validate their access via a user name and a password, but must also inform a unique login code received via SMS on his mobile phone. This dual authentication secures user access to the portal. They only consult the information that corresponds to their function within the Board.
All information is centralized and stored on the portal, eliminating the risk of loss or non mastered information dissemination. The documentation of each is permanently accessible from a PC or tablet. The user can choose to work disconnected from the tablet; it then downloads the documentation that is found stored and encrypted locally. In case of loss or theft, the portal allows remote access to the tablet to delete all the content stored on the tablet.

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