5 start-ups innovating to change the lives of CIOs

On Wednesday, May 18, Alliancy’s editorial team organized a discussion on a selection of innovative companies as part of its Alliancy Connect community afterwork. The opportunity to hear from five entrepreneurs with complementary insights on key redefinitions currently being played out in information systems departments.

What does an information systems department want to support business transformation in 2022? This search for a “robot portrait” of real IT innovation was at the center of a debate organized by Alliancy on May 18, during its Alliancy Connect Innovation Selection. In fact, DSI testimonials show that, regardless of the size of the organizations concerned, and beyond the technological levers, it is in the re-invention of their role, their scope, their culture … that the number of IT teams is changing now. Between the pandemic and cyberattacks, the understanding of the importance of IT has had a chance to thrive in companies, but the situation is not yet in good shape. And there are many issues to be discussed.

However, if CIOs have become accustomed in recent years to accepting change and to facilitating as much as they can in interactions that can have the company’s “businesses” in more and different startups -up, we may wonder how they also became able to use these start-ups to accelerate their own transformation.

With this Innovation Selection from Alliancy Connect, so our media decided to put the spotlight on these young innovative companies that support and challenge the CIOs themselves, and allow them to effectively take on the key structural themes of ‘ now. Improving IT-business relationships, innovation, attractiveness of IT teams to better recruit and retain in the midst of a fierce talent war …

These entrepreneurs are witnessing the changes taking place.

WeLoop will unlock collaborative feedback

Listening to users is one of the key points to ensure good relationships between IT and business lines in an organization. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to fix and above all to manage efficiently. Victor Arfi, CEO of Weloop, explained how important it is to be able to prioritize between different types of feedback from users, and above all to create a permanent feedback loop that is considered sacred and meaningful vis -à- vis-à-vis the projects carried out by DSI, with innovative methods. He also said with pleasure that the CIO is not so much alone on these topics: active organizations assign managers who focus on this relationship with users, making the link to UX (user experience) from in the design of IT products and services.

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  • Company name: FRONTBOX (trade name: WeLoop)
  • City of establishment: Saint-Mandé (94)
  • CA 2021: NC
  • Workforce: 13 people
  • Expected hire in 2022: 8 people
  • Funds proceeds: expected € 7 million

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Verdikt allows CIOs to manage and improve their CSR performance

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A former CIO herself, Christine Heckmann founded Verdikt after being challenged by a young expert who spoke to her teams: “You’re at the forefront of digital transformation, but what are you doing about pollution?”. It became another co-founder of this company making it possible to measure, optimize and manage the sustainable performance of digital assets. Christine Heckmann vividly remembers how much she missed these elements when in the past the IT department was asked to participate in non-financial and impact-focused reports. Having the equipment is not only a way to be exemplary, but to attract and retain young talent who are increasingly sensitive to this assumption of responsibility by their CIO.


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  • Company name: CHHL-Verdikt
  • City of establishment: Chatillon (92)
  • 2021 turnover: no turnover – forecast turnover in 2022: 500 K €
  • Workforce: 7 people
  • Planned to hire 2022: 3 people
  • Funds raised: 400 K € to date – possible fundraising in 2023

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Airsaas provides a way to align IT, business and overall management

AirSaas

Bertran Ruiz, CEO of Airsaas, spends a lot of time interviewing CIOs on his CIO Revolution podcast (the latest season dedicated to industry players, in partnership with Alliancy, can be found here). In this ongoing conversation, he is well placed to see to what extent companies are making a difference in their markets where IT lives on osmosis with a view of overall management and lines of business. For the entrepreneur, this indicates in particular a profound change in the management of projects and therefore at the level of key indicators observed and shared: enough to change IT-business interactions, while providing meaning and being attractive to IT teams on a day-to-day basis.


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  • Company name: Airsaas
  • City of establishment: Toulouse (31)
  • CA 2021: NC
  • Occupation: 10 people
  • Expected hires in 2022: NC
  • Funds raised: NC

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Beamy prepares companies for IT decentralization

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In a few years, companies will have to deal with thousands of “software as a service” tools in-house. Are they ready for what it takes? Many CIOs think they have visibility into the fifty or more SaaS used in their organization, only to discover that there are four or five times more actually used, after doing the first scouting using the solution offered by Beamy. Instead of talking about the fight against “shadow IT”, Andréa Jacquemin, the head of the young company, prefers to show that this new reality is a paradigm shift in the form and role of IT in the company. Therefore, it requires smart adaptation to it.


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  • Company name: BEAMY
  • City of Establishment: Lille (59)
  • CA 2021: NC
  • Workforce: 50 people
  • Planned hiring for 2022: 50 people
  • Funds proceeds: € 8 million

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Homeric Technologies makes “and scale” the product culture to thrive

Homeric Technologies

Companies that are rapidly advancing in their digital transformation often feature in their agility and in the cultural evolution managed by their teams. But for Romain Tiry, who launched Homeric Technologies in Canada in early 2022, three-quarters of the current multidisciplinary IT-business team is relatively non-functional. The topic is more compelling because most of these groups are growing fast, to support the company. This is the case with “tech” companies that are becoming scale-up, but also with more traditional CIOs who are completely adjusting the way they operate. To facilitate the integration of product culture adapted to these situations, the start-up offers a virtual coach that effectively adapts to systems already in place in organizations to ensure organizational and cultural changes. ito.

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  • Company name: Homeric Technologies
  • Location: Montreal (Canada)
  • CA 2021: No CA
  • Workforce: 4 people
  • Planned hiring in 2022: 2 people
  • Funds raised: –

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