Accelerate your digital transformation with existing applications


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.
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.

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