5 startups that are innovating to revolutionize the lives of CIOs

On Wednesday, May 18, Alliancy’s editorial team hosted a discussion with a selection of innovative companies as part of their Alliancy Connect community after-work. The opportunity to hear from five entrepreneurs with complementary views on the main redefinitions being carried out in the information systems departments.

What does an information systems department that wants to support business transformation in 2022 do? This search for a “robotic portrait” of truly transformative IT was at the heart of the debate hosted by Alliancy on May 18 during its Alliancy Connect innovation selection. Indeed, the testimonies of the DSI show that, whatever the size of the organizations in question, and in addition to the technological levers, it is in the reinvention of their role, their scope, their culture… that IT teams count. change it today. Between pandemic and cyberattacks, the perception of the importance of IT had the opportunity to evolve in companies, but the situation is still not in good condition. And there are many issues to be discussed.

However, if CIOs have become accustomed in recent years to welcoming innovation and facilitating as much as possible the interactions that the company’s “business” could have with increasingly numerous and varied startups, we can ask ourselves how they were also able to use these start-ups to accelerate their own transformation.

With this Alliancy Connect Innovation Pick, our media therefore decided to highlight these innovative young companies that support and challenge CIOs themselves and enable them to effectively take on the big structuring themes of ‘today’. Improved IT-business relationship, innovation, attractiveness of IT teams to better recruit and retain amid a fierce talent war…

These entrepreneurs witness the transformations taking place.

WeLoop unlocks collaborative feedback

Listening to users is one of the keys to ensuring a good relationship between IT and an organization’s lines of business. But that does not mean that it is easy to organize and above all to manage efficiently. Victor Arfi, CEO of Weloop, explained how important it is to be able to prioritize between the different types of user feedback and, above all, to create a permanent feedback loop that is perceived as virtuous and that has meaning for vis-à-vis users. projects carried out by DSI, with modern methods. He also notes with satisfaction that the CIO is less and less alone in charge of these matters: proactive organizations appoint managers dedicated to this relationship with users, linking with the UX (user experience) from 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 hires in 2022: 8 people
  • Funds raised: estimated 7 million euros

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Verdikt enables CIOs to manage and improve their CSR performance

Verdict

A former CIO herself, Christine Heckmann founded Verdikt after being challenged by a young expert who spoke to her teams: “You are leading the digital transformation, but what are you doing with pollution? “. This became the other co-founder of this company that allows you to measure, optimize and manage the sustainable performance of digital assets. Christine Heckmann well remembers how much she missed these elements when the IT department was asked in the past to participate in non-financial and impact-oriented reporting.Equipping yourself is not only a way of being exemplary, but also of attracting and retaining young talent that is increasingly sensitive to this assumption of responsibility by your CIO.


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

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Airsaas provides the means to align IT, business and general 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). With this ongoing dialogue, he is well positioned to see to what extent the companies that make a difference in their markets are those where IT lives in osmosis with the general management and lines of business vision. For the entrepreneur, this implies in particular a profound change in project management and, therefore, at the level of observed and shared key indicators: enough to change IT-business interactions, while at the same time giving meaning and attractiveness to IT teams in the day to day.


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  • Company name: Airsaas
  • City of establishment: Toulouse (31)
  • CA 2021: NC
  • Workforce: 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 internally with thousands of “software as a service” tools. Are they prepared for what this entails? Many CIOs imagine they have visibility into the fifty or so SaaS used in their organization, only to find that there are four or five times as many in use, after making a first reconnaissance with the solution offered by Beamy. Instead of talking about the fight against “shadow IT”, Andréa Jacquemin, leader of the young company, prefers to demonstrate that this new reality is a paradigm shift in the form and role of IT in the company. This, therefore, requires intelligent adaptation.


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  • Company name: BEAMY
  • City of establishment: Lille (59)
  • CA 2021: NC
  • Workforce: 50 people
  • Hirings planned for 2022: 50 people
  • Funds raised: €8 million

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Homeric Technologies makes product culture “at scale” thrive

Homeric Technologies

Companies that are rapidly advancing in their digital transformation often highlight their agile operation and the cultural evolution operated by their teams. But for Romain Tiry, who launched Homeric Technologies in Canada in early 2022, three-quarters of today’s multidisciplinary IT business teams are pretty dysfunctional. The matter is all the more urgent as most of these teams are growing rapidly to support the company. This is the case for “technology” companies that are becoming scale-ups, but also more traditional CIOs who are completely reshaping the way they operate. To facilitate the consolidation of a product culture adapted to these situations, the start-up offers a virtual coach that effectively complements the systems already in place in organizations to ensure these organizational and cultural transitions.

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  • Company name: Homeric Technologies
  • Location: Montreal (Canada)
  • CA 2021: Without CA
  • Workforce: 4 people
  • Hiring foreseen in 2022: 2 people
  • Funds raised:-

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