Tech Culture & IT
With the goal of constantly improving the service it offers to its customers, while effectively anticipating changes in society and creating the ideal conditions for flexible growth of its ecosystem, Societe Generale is gearing its digital transformation towards enhanced performance combined with an evermore solid com-mitment to environmental and social issues.
The Group is investing in a range of new operational models, adopting sustainable IT development modes and transforming its information systems with the dual aim of offering its customers a universal service with a local presence, based on big data processing, the multiple advantages of open innovation and more open, agile infrastructure.
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Séverin Cabannes Deputy Chief Executive Officer
The need for transformation goes beyond digital technology. The challenge is to evolve in line with the world around us, adapting not only to technological changes but also to the new expectations of our clients, current and future members of staff and society as a whole.
Accelerate the transition from idea to implementation
Adopting the best market practices (agile, open source…), these teams are building new services based on technologies such as the Cloud. The objective is to enable the whole Group to rapidly and transparently take ideas through to their implementation phase, whether it be a mobile app for clients or the development of the Digital Workplace used by our members of staff.
The Digital Workplace at Societe Generale
Sylvie Clemot presents the transformation of the Digital Workplace at Societe Generale to improve the user experience. A large-scale programme, overseen by the Service Unit Corporate resources and digital transformation, has been created to improve and simplify the Digital Workplace. This involves reducing the gap between professional and personal use and capitalising on the most recent technologies to facilitate daily life and increase operational efficiency for employees, while at the same time ensuring compliance with regulations and security standards.
Determined to confirm its position as a resolutely hi-tech bank and boost its strategic foresight, Societe Generale is reinforcing its state-of-the-art expertise in the field of data science and data management. To achieve this, the bank is capitalising on open source solutions, with special emphasis on the Cloud, and enriching its model based on the benefits of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and the IoT.
With the aim of offering its customers even greater freedom, Societe Generale is pursuing its technological transformation in a responsible way: IT security and respect for privacy are taken into account at the earliest stage of any new development. Controlling the threat of cybercrime is a major challenge facing the banking sector, which processes huge quantities of sensitive data all the time. Vigilance and foresight in terms of cybercrime are the driving force behind the three-year financial investment programme undertaken by So-ciete Generale as part of its strategic development plan “Transform to grow”.
In order to maintain a proactive strategy, Societe Generale has built up a solid base of partners who are experts in the field of technology, and works closely with FinTech startups, even partnering up with some of them. Finally, the bank recruits people with the required cutting-edge skills, while continuously training its personnel in new usages that are guaranteed to boost their day-to-day performance, as well as the new habits and behaviours that are poised to alter customer needs and expectations.
Blockchain boosts commodity trading and financing
The digitisation of international trade is stepping up a gear thanks to Blockchain technology. The projects led by Societe Generale and its European partners are at the forefront of this shift. We take a closer look at this new technology and its numerous impacts on trading and financing.
The Tech culture within Societe Generale
New technologies are an opportunity to invent new banking solutions and continuously improve the client experience. Innovating on a daily basis is part of Societe Generale’s DNA, and that’s why the Bank is looking for diverse profiles who are ready to become involved in major projects and missions. Staff members who work in IT jobs have their say.
Developping the digital transformation with leading tech influencers
In October 2018, Societe Generale’s senior management joined the heads of the Group's IT infrastructure for their first External Advisory Board meeting with 10 leading tech influencers to discuss and enhance digital strategy issues, new market trends and how to further accelerate the Group’s digital transformation. Influencers present included Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Microsoft, Steve Singh, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Docker and Octave Klaba, Chairman and founder of OVH. The topics covered included Cloud, Open Source, Big Data & AI and the Digital Workplace.
Societe Generale’s annual event dedicated to technological innovation, TechWeek took place from 3 to 5 July, 2018 at the Dunes technology hub in Val-de-Fontenay, in the east of Paris, and the Group’s head offices in La Défense. This year’s theme was applying new technologies to banking activities.