The new issue of our magazine dedicated to applications and data management is out. This quarter, a particular file on migrating ERP and business applications to SaaS, with three exceptional feedbacks (Michelin, Bureau Veritas, and Airbus). Until now, the advantages of SaaS made it an option of choice for SMEs and ETIs: no massive investment at the start, no infrastructure to manage, and applications entirely managed by publishers (updates, security patches, continuous feature additions without IT intervention, etc.). These strengths remain. In its particular file, this number 13 of the magazine “Applications & Data” looks back on these advantages of SaaS… But it also highlights the challenges with an overview of the critical questions to be addressed before migrating (or not).
Michelin, Airbus, Bureau Veritas: The Call Of The Cloud
But month after month, one thing is clear. Whether for HCM/HRIS, collaborative, financial management, or ERP, the cloud also appeals – if not especially – to large groups. Two exceptional testimonials show this: Michelin, migrating its purchases and supplies to a French SaaS tool (Ivalua), and Bureau Veritas, which has decided to move 85% of its applications to AWS. How? Why? A dive into these two projects will explain everything to you, including the importance of encryption for the second.
Another example of the appetite for SaaS: is Airbus. The European aircraft manufacturer had publicly announced its choice to “modernize” by moving its collaborative tools to Google. This year, the project entered a new stage with Capgemini. Here again, this issue will tell you more about a project where risk analysis and content classification play a central role in ensuring the confidentiality of critical documents – including vis-à-vis the cloud provider – in an aeronautical sector where global competition is heightened.
Exclusive Interview With Workday Deputy CEO
To complete this file, Applications & Data spoke exclusively with the European deputy CEO of the American ERP publisher Workday. In a lengthy exchange, Chano Fernandez discusses the global economic recovery, telework (which will certainly not be as widespread as that in the “new normal”), the appropriate uses of Artificial Intelligence and modern technologies in business applications (RPA, low-code, etc.), the boom in dynamic planning during the crisis and the delicate question of IT sovereignty and the Europeanization of American clouds. You are forgetting, therefore, the growing popularity of SaaS in HCM and – new – in financial management. This is a fascinating and inspiring vision and analysis in more ways than one for CIOs.
SaaS Is Part Of A Digital Transformation.
The question of migration to SaaS is part – or should be part – of a larger project of digital transformation of the company. But as Neil Sholay, Oracle’s “Mister Innovation,” rightly reminded us, only 3% of innovation projects are entirely successful. In addition to the migration to the cloud, there are also the failure factors of digital transformation. In an expert tip, this number lists the most common ones to “turn over” and turn them into assets within your company. Finally, at the crossroads of cloudification, digital transformation, and business applications, we offer you a quick overview of the evolution of digital marketing, which is increasingly moving towards the ultra-personalization of content. The development is full of promise (more revenue, better customer experience, loyalty, etc.), but these long-term IT strategies involve understanding the ins and outs.
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