Part late, France is now competing with Britain in cloud computing, both in spending and in the offer. And growth is expected to remain double-digit in the coming years, according to various market research firms.
This is the euphoria in the States General of cloud computing, organized in Paris on May 22, 2014 by Eurocloud France, the French branch of the association that brings together the ecosystem of the sector in Europe. ” France is now the most dynamic market in Europe ,” said Pierre-José Billotte, president of Eurocloud France, which brings together 200 actors in cloud computing in France.Out late, our country is now ahead of Germany and is at least at the level of the United Kingdom. “
Britain was the most advanced country so far, after the United States . ” This because of its proximity in the digital uses with North America and also because of outsourcing IT services more than elsewhere in Europe, ” says Olivier Rafal, consultant at PAC.
AT THE PARTY UNTIL 2016
The numbers are impressive. According to the firm Markess International, the French market for cloud computing, all segments together, is expected to jump from 2.2 billion euros in 2012 to 4.1 billion euros in 2014, including 1.8 billion euros for the software on demand (Saas for software as service). In its cloud barometer in the first half of 2014, however, the firm perceives a contraction in spending, especially in the public sector. That slow down growth from 2016, warns Sylvie Chauvin, president of the firm.
The Saas revolution is just beginning. According to Stéphanie Ortega, consultant at KPMG, it still accounts for only 10 to 12% of the turnover of software publishers in France. Development potential remains strong as evidenced by double-digit growth in this segment. The other engine of the market lies in the development of infrastructure cloud (Iaas for infrastructure as service). ” Projects in this segment require longer maturities than in the Saas ,” says Pierre-José Billotte, ” they should begin to materialize in 2015, providing a major growth driver. “
PLETHORA OF INNOVATIVE ACTORS
La Poste confirms the trend. It makes the cloud one of the strategic axes of its digital transformation. If she already uses Saas services like Success Factors or Salesforce, she is preparing to migrate her infrastructure to the cloud with two parts: private cloud for sensitive applications and public cloud for the rest. ” Thanks to this transformation, we want to gain agility and move from a financial investment model to a more flexible model of operating expenses ,” says Michel Delattre, director of the post office and director of the Cigref large French companies. This project is expected to materialize in 2015.
For Eurocloud France’s boss, the dynamism of the market can also be explained by innovation on the supply side from new companies. ” We are the country where there are the most innovative companies in the cloud “, as evidenced by the examples of SecludIT (cloud security), Energiency (energy performance analysis in Saas mode), Opendatasoft (platform of reuse of open data), Jamespot (enterprise social network), CloudBees (Web application development and management tools), Esker (vendor relationship dematerialization), Linkbynet (virtualization and outsourcing) and Fasterize ( website acceleration), this year’s award by EuroCloud.