When you walk into a Société Générale banking center, you enter a bright, open space, furnished with modern designs and an abundance of natural light. Customers sip coffee and enjoy beautiful views while meeting with their private or corporate bankers. Employees enjoy a modern work environment with accessible meeting spaces, interior offices and shared amenities.Société Générale is a global bank supporting 31 million clients doing business in 67 countries. Imagine the complexity of managing such a large institution. What happens behind the scenes, when a customer requests an account statement, completes a trade or a new regulation is passed requiring compliance in a short time? How do they stay competitive?Nicolas Verdier is the head of Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) for the Americas at Société Générale. Mr. Verdier discussed tough challenges the bank is facing in today’s digital, fast-changing economy. Société Générale must perform a daily balancing act to deliver exceptional customer service while also staying in compliance with rapidly changing government regulations.Société Générale took on an IT modernization effort to meet these challenges. One of the hurdles faced by the IT department was that the business relied on manual processes, that addressed each request for a system changes on an individual project basis. Each request required a scheduled time slot on a server or even the deployment of a new server, which could take months. This impacted both internal and external services throughout the bank, potentially limiting the bank’s ability to compete in the global marketplace, to deliver high quality customer service or adhere to new regulations. Société Générale called on Dell EMC to help them use technology to tackle these back-office challenges.With help from Dell EMC, Société Générale introduced a “self-service” model allowing users to self-provision virtual machines using Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. The shift from the more complicated legacy processes to an automated IAAS model was easily achieved. Mr. Verdier praised the new model and the benefits to the company: “It’s about self-service, flexibility and customer experience.” He stressed the need to move quickly, rather than taking months to begin a project.With the new “self-service” model, Societe Générale was able to impact the time to value in many of their departments. Let’s look at three examples:One of the bank’s top challenges is regulatory compliance. The internal development teams can meet regulation deadlines with the capability to build and deploy new applications within the time frame set by the regulatory bodies. Furthermore, the PowerEdge cyber-resilient architecture meets the strict security requirements that are part of the new regulations.Within the IT department, the flexibility and scalability of the servers allow stakeholders to rapidly develop APIs to patch, upgrade and backup workloads.In the high stakes world of high-frequency trading, milliseconds count, and the IT infrastructure has a direct impact on the business. Speed, scalability and low latency are critical to executing successful transactions. With PowerEdge servers, the Internal IT Development team can deliver new applications for market platforms in a few weeks, rather than six months.Thanks to the automation of Société Générale’s infrastructure based on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, employees can rapidly design new programs or services to meet customer demands or regulatory requirements.Read the case study to learn more about Société Générale’s Infrastructure as a Service and how the Dell EMC PowerEdge team helps this international banking leader stay on top of the latest technologies.
There was barely time for the full inquest into Juventus’ exit from the UEFA Champions League to even begin before the club delivered their own blunt verdict.They sacked their coach, Maurizio Sarri. Not so long ago, there would have been surprise, perhaps even some outrage, at a coach losing his job just two weeks after winning a domestic league title.However, Sarri’s removal, the day after their aggregate defeat by Olympique Lyonnais, was a reminder that for Europe’s “super clubs” success is now determined solely by the UEFA Champions League.Juve have, after all, won the last nine Serie A titles.Clinching the scudetto, once a moment of glory and a chance for gloating over rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan, is now viewed as the barest minimum.New coach Andrea Pirlo will surely be aware of this. The same harsh reality applies for Bayern Munich, winners of the last eight Bundesliga titles, and Paris Saint-Germain, champions of seven of the last eight French league campaigns.These are clubs who must shine in Europe to be viewed as truly successful.The pressure is concentrated even more this year as Europe’s elite gather in Lisbon this week for a COVID-19 enforced mini-tournament.It is an event with one-off quarter-final and semi-final games leading up to the final on August 23.PSG, who have never gone beyond the last-four, kick off the show, with their last eight tie on Wednesday against surprise package Atalanta. Victory for the Bergamo club against the big-spending Qatari-owned French side will re-open questions about the future of their German coach Thomas Tuchel.Winning the French league certainly was not enough for previous managers Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery when they failed to add UEFA Champions League success to domestic domination.The pick of the quarter-finals is Friday’s encounter between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, who have both won the competition five times.Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick, who only took over the side in November, following the dismissal of Niko Kovac, has surely done enough in his brief time in charge.RelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up He has done enough to survive any disappointment.But the same might not be the case for Barca boss Quique Setien.He is also only months into his reign, after replacing Ernesto Valverde in January.But a last eight exit from Europe to follow a runners-up spot behind Real Madrid in La Liga, will inevitably raise doubts.Such doubts will be over whether he is the right long term solution for the Catalan club.There are no such questions over former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola’s status at Manchester City.But he is fuelled by a desire to get his hands back on the trophy, nine years after winning his second UEFA Champions League with Barca.Manchester City, impressive in their last 16 win over Real Madrid, start as favourites against Lyon and indeed are backed by the bookmakers to win the competition.Should they beat the French side, Guardiola will come against one of his former clubs in Barca or Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.In the high pressure knockout environment in Lisbon, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is a coach who has the pedigree and approach, well suited to such a format.The Argentine has twice taken his superbly-drilled sides to the UEFA Champions League final, in addition to winning two UEFA Europa League campaigns.This season, he has already claimed the scalp of last year’s winners and 2019/2020 English Premier League champions Liverpool.Atletico Madrid face RB Leipzig, first time quarter-finalists, on Thursday and should they emerge from that encounter will fancy their chances against PSG or Atalanta.The games will be held behind closed doors at two venues – Sporting Lisbon’s Estadio Jose Alvalade and Benfica’s Estadio da Luz, which will host the final.Reuters/NAN.—Tags: Juventus FCMaurizio SarriUEFA Champions League
The Bora Argon 18 rider was involved in a crash on the race’s opening day yesterday.However, the team’s doctor says he’s okay to continue despite incurring shoulder and finger injuries.Dan Martin is the other Irish man competing in this year’s tour.