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Microsoft in France is:
  • An ecosystem of 10,500 partners representing 15% of revenue and jobs in the IT services and software sector, i.e. 80,000 jobs
  • A significant redistribution of value: for €1 of revenue achieved by Microsoft, its service provider partners achieve almost €6
  • A wide range of digital skills training and development programs that have already reached more than 1.7 million people in France

Issy-les-Moulineaux, 10 February 2022 – On the occasion of the Microsoft France press conference held this morning, Corine de Bilbao, President of Microsoft France, recalled the company’s desire to contribute to a more competitive and sustainable French economy in an environment characterized by trust.

In collaboration with the company Roland Berger, Microsoft France has thus unveiled the results of an unprecedented study of its local contribution, supported by its ecosystem of partners, and at the service of a more inclusive French society.

Roland Berger was thus appointed by Microsoft France as part of a consultancy service to carry out this assessment of the value creation of Microsoft’s activities in France. This assessment was carried out at the end of 2021 by Roland Berger by mobilizing various internal sources, institutional reports and by conducting a survey of players in the IT service sector and Microsoft partner software.

“Microsoft’s development cannot be foreseen without its customers and partners. This is why, for almost 40 years, throughout France, we have offered innovative solutions to create sustainable and inclusive value. Technology is an incredible vector for transformation: we want to support all organizations, regardless of their size, to get hold of it. »

Corine de Bilbao, President of Microsoft France

Measuring Microsoft’s contribution to value creation in France

After almost 40 years of presence in France, Microsoft France today revealed the results of an unprecedented study carried out by the company Roland Berger, which aims to measure its contribution to the digital transformation of the economy and society on a single hand, as well as the creation of value generated with its ecosystem of partners on the other. The study is divided into 3 pillars:

  • Support the emergence of the French IT service and software industry
    • Microsoft is a driving force in the IT services and software sector thanks to the creation of an ecosystem of 10,500 partners, which represents 15% of the sector’s turnover and jobs, i.e. a total of 80,000 jobs (Figure 2020).
    • This ecosystem of partners is particularly dynamic: 94% of partners surveyed expect annual growth in their workforce of more than 3% by 2025. This job creation is taking place in the territories, as 56% of employees are based outside the Ile-de-France .
    • Microsoft redistributes a significant portion of the value created through partner companies to the industry. For €1 of revenue from Microsoft, its service provider partners realize almost €6.
    • Microsoft is an important innovation partner in the sector in France: Microsoft’s role is crucial to the ability to innovate half of the partner companies, and 1/4 of them file at least one patent thanks to its action.
  • Accelerating the digital transformation of French organizations of all sizes
      • Microsoft has been with companies of all sizes and in all areas for nearly 40 years: since 2021, Microsoft has partnered with 5-10% of VSEs, 10-30% of SMEs and 65% of companies and public organizations more than 500 employees (including 90% of CAC 40 companies) in the provision of cloud solutions.
      • Microsoft supports 15% of French Tech Next 40 start-ups and scale-ups in their growth with Azure cloud solutions through Microsoft for start-ups. This program has supported 500 start-ups since 2018, such as Contentsquare, Younited Credit or Shift Technology.
  • Putting digital technology at the center of societal challenges: inclusion, human capital and environmental change
      • While the pandemic has greatly accelerated the development of remote work, Microsoft, together with Teams, provides a world-class collaboration solution that allows greater flexibility for employees and has improved the inclusiveness of this environment, now that all disabilities are taken into account.
      • Microsoft offers French people several training programs to improve their digital skills and their employability. These programs (My Digital SME, IA Schools, Cloud and Business Apps, Microsoft Learn, etc.) have thus reached at least 1,700,000 people since June 2020, especially SME employees and people far from employment.
      • Microsoft has set itself the goal of achieving a negative carbon footprint by 2030. This ambition is reflected in several local initiatives such as the Environmental Start-up Accelerator at Station F, launched in 2021. Microsoft is also positioned as a world leader in environmental reporting according to EcoAct .

Take concrete measures in favor of economic, social and sustainable development in the territories together with its ecosystem

Everywhere in France, Microsoft acts in favor of a competitive and sustainable economy. Who better than his partners to testify to this? More feedback was given during the morning.

With Sodexo: a global digital transformation in the service of sustainability

Since 2018, Sodexo and Microsoft have worked closely together to develop and implement digital solutions and services. The two companies have today announced the renewal of their global partnership for 5 years. This aims to develop the use of digital solutions and data to accelerate Sodexo’s transformation, develop a personal relationship with consumers and support new ways of consuming, living and working.

This collaboration has already enabled the implementation of several projects such as:

  • The solution SoDynamixin collaboration with Accenture, to develop menu management and culinary production on site;
  • The platform wandofor digitally handling requests for Facilities Management services and monitoring their execution.
  • The solution PowerChefwhich, thanks to artificial intelligence, will make it possible to anticipate demand, adapt Sodexo services to the traffic on site and thus reduce waste.

By creating innovative solutions thanks to a technology designed to serve everyone, from consumers to businesses, this last use case illustrates the joint ambitions of Sodexo and Microsoft to create sustainable value, which necessarily involves reducing the ‘carbon footprint’.

“We have had the privilege of serving Microsoft employees on a daily basis for many years by offering them catering and Facility Management services in France and around the world. Conversely, we chose Microsoft as a partner because it is a player that able to meet three significant challenges for Sodexo: technological power, the multi-local model and large-scale innovation.”

Sylvia Métayer, Director of Growth Strategy, Sodexo Group

With Cegid: the cloud, innovation accelerator

With a turnover of 632 million euros in 2021, in 4 years Cegid has become one of the significant leaders in cloud management solutions in France and abroad. For more than 15 years, the collaboration between Cegid and Microsoft has enabled the development of new technological solutions that are intended to be useful and innovative at the service of the 5 markets in which the publisher is an expert – Finance, Human Resources, Retail, Accounting Expertise and small businesses. Among the latest innovations hailed by the market:

  • Cegid Loop, a solution that profoundly transforms not only the internal processes of audit firms, but also the relationship with their clients, thanks to artificial intelligence and collaboration tools.
  • Cegid Retail Live Store, a unique solution for point-of-sale sellers that offers an increasingly personalized customer experience.

A pioneer in the cloud, Cegid has accelerated the migration of its customers from on-premise to the cloud and resolutely offers all new customers this proven technology solution to serve their business.

“Today, more than two-thirds of our revenue is based on cloud solutions. An essential pillar of our strategic plan, the cloud is at the center of our product development, in our rapid and solid international growth, serving the ambitions of our 350,000 customers worldwide.”

Laurent Blanchard, Chief Operating Officer at Cegid

With Maïsadour: technological innovation for the benefit of agricultural production

An agricultural cooperative based in Mont-de-Marsan, Maïsadour has profoundly transformed its agricultural production processes thanks to its use of data and IoT. From visualizing crops via satellite to optimizing water management on farms, Maïsadour now offers its 8,000 members increasingly personalized advice for managing their crops and livestock. Since 2020, the company has also widely implemented Teams and Office 365 to facilitate the remote work of its 5,000 employees in complete security. Successful adoption and traffic on Teams that has grown ever since.

“Contrary to what it seems, an agricultural cooperative is a sector where there is a lot of innovation, especially through the Internet of Things. The data collected by the Internet of Things allows us, thanks to Microsoft tools, to make them available to our technical sales representatives, who can then advise our farmers on the best way to cultivate their land, their crops, their livestock »

Olivier Cail, Director of Information Systems and Transformation at Maïsadour

With Simplon: Enabling more women to access digital professions thanks to the SAS Hackeuses program

To encourage more women to participate in the digital professions, Microsoft is strengthening its support for the SAS Hackeuses program run by the social and solidarity training organization Simplon. This 6 to 7 week program is positioned upstream of professional training courses to allow women to discover the career opportunities offered by digital technology. Launched this year in 4 cities (Issy-les-Moulineaux, Toulouse, Lyon and Bordeaux), SAS Hackeuses will support participants in defining their professional project by introducing them to a first programming language and offering them mentoring with digital professionals. Microsoft and Simplon, partners since 2018 in the IA school, then in 2020 in the Cloud school to train job seekers in new digital professions, strengthen their commitment to greater diversity in this sector.

Microsoft’s support for SAS Hackeuses de Simplon strengthens our already existing ties and our joint efforts for an equal digital sector. Together, we enable women to discover digital careers and begin a professional retraining in line with the recruitment challenges of this sector. »

Louise Joly, Director of Microsoft x Simplon Programs

Press contacts

Simon Christin – 01 41 34 20 48 – [email protected]

Lander Marchionni – 01 41 34 22 08 – [email protected]

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