Good morning, everyone,
It’s the beginning of May, so it means recap of April’s IT trends, so let’s go!
TOP 1 : An encrypted messaging system for the French government?
Espionage in the political world is a common affair and has been for years, however with the hacking and accusations of cyber attacks worldwide targeting Russia, France goes on the offensive by deciding to protect its exchanges.
The protection and confidentiality of exchanges between members of the State Summit have become important issues, especially when we know that at present, French politicians use WhatsApp and Telegram whose servers are owned by Facebook hosted outside France.
The government will therefore implement this summer a new encrypted messaging solution based on open source code that DINSIC has adapted to the needs of the Administration.
The application may also be made available to citizens, when communication finally rhymes with discretion!
TOP 2: A public cloud or private or hybrid?
Cloud computing, as a reminder, allows companies to store, access and exchange computer data without it being stored physically or locally.
So what are the differences between these different Clouds? We tell you everything!
In the case of a public cloud, data is hosted on a multitude of servers around the world but accessible only by authorized users. The best known public clouds are the Amazon Cloud (80% of CAC40 companies use this Cloud) and the Microsoft Cloud. These clouds are offered in IaaS : only Pay for what you use !
For the private cloud, it is based on an internal server managed by the company itself or by external providers. Only employees and staff can have access to it. This is the most common form used in companies. However, building a cloud infrastructure can be costly.
Finally, we talk about hybrid cloud when a company uses both systems but independently. This system allows data to be transferred between different clouds.
In short, all you have to do is make your choice!
TOP 3: When the European Commission stick one’s nose in web regulations…
The GAFA (Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook) are in the collimator of the European Commission which establishes a regulation for web platforms. The main problem being unfair competition, the giants of the Web monopolize the market, Google had to pay last June a fine of 2.42 billion euros for abuse of dominant position. In order to have control over these platforms, web platforms will have to justify their search algorithm and rankings of web results.
A notice of at least fifteen days must be respected in case of change of these results rankings.
And finally if the platform itself offers a service in competition with other companies on their site, it will have to communicate the terms and conditions of any preferential treatment.
This is only the beginning of the European Commission’s regulation, other regulations should see the light of day in a few months.
TOP 4 : Digital transformation within the French army
Nanotechnologies, biotechnologies, NICTs, cognitive sciences…
All these areas are constantly evolving and becoming military assets. The leaders of the countries have understood this well, recently NASA has even successfully tested a swarm of a hundred small drones. The armies must therefore evolve with the new technologies. This is the objective of Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces and Mounir Mahjoubi, Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, who are beginning a digital transformation within the French army based on six different axes:
- Deploy new technologies (AI, IOT, Big Data, Robotic…)
- Organize and develop digital services
- Mastering data security
- Upgrade information system
- Developing digital skills
- Ensure a technological watch
Some of these axes are under development and the rest will be soon.
TOP 5 : Fintech alias financial technology
The term fintech appeared a long time ago, however it is only really used since the financial crisis of 2007 and becomes common in the years 2014 – 2015. But what does that mean? Well, fintech generally refers to start-ups that use new technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital or mobile in order to compete with large financial companies that are often lagging behind in technology and thus capture their market share.
Various strategic business areas coexist in this promising fintech market:
- Mobile applications
- Virtual currencies
- Electronic payment
But it is only the beginning, Fintech remains a sector in full expansion which does not stop growing and the French are far from being behind in this field with three companies classified in the top 100 world companies of this sector: Lendix, Leetchi and Fluo.
April’s IT top is over and I’ll tell you next month!