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Olivier Brourhant, Amaris Director and co-founder, has just been elected to the Board of the Association of EM Former Students. Among others, he will share his expertise on entrepreneurship and help developing the school abroad..
We wish him the best of success in this new entrepreneurial adventure!
Amaris will be at the Report Night of the association “Nos Quartiers ont des Talents” taking place in Lyon City Hall. Jean-François Thunet, Director of Amaris France, will focus on the importance of this association to help young graduates in the job hunting process.
For more info: http://www.nosquartiers-talents.com/page/pr%C3%A9sentation
Olivier BROURHANT participates in the Entrepreneur’s Day Conference at EM Lyon on Thursday, 18th of April
Join us! With other attendees he will discuss the challenges of entrepreneurship.
EMLYON Business School Campus de Lyon-Ecully
23 Avenue Guy de Collongue
69134 Ecully cedex
Tél : +33 4 78 33 77 20
For more info:
3rd of April: As part of its international development strategy Amaris group opens two new offices in Lisbon and Amsterdam.
The Amaris Group intends to create 500 to 700 jobs worldwide, including 150 in France. The majority of offers concern profiles for experienced youth.
Amaris - International Consulting Group in Technologies and Management plans to strengthen in France and abroad. The company, counts more than 950 employees today, plans to hire between 500 and 700 engineers worldwide by the end of 2013, including 150 in France. Between 70 to 80 % of the offers are intended for beginners or experienced youth.
In France, the profiles are varied. It is including system and network administrators, designers / analysts / developers (Java, Dotnet, Cobol, LAMP ...), project leaders (SAP, web, AMOA, infrastructure ...), consultants technical testing and validation engineers, and architects.
Candidates should be from high school and have a minimum level of Master degree. They intervene on projects related to the management of applications for the banking sector and logistics systems of production.
Last year, 350 new hires were made within the group, a figure 70 % increase compared to 2011.
To see the article, click here : www.lemondeinformatique.fr/
From the 1st April 2013, Amaris Rome welcomes you in its new offices:
Via Ippolito Nievo, 62 – 00153 ROMA
Amaris participates to the ESERP Business School Forum
on Thursday 7th March 2013 from 5 pm to 8 pm
C/ Girona 24, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
Amaris participates to the "ICN Entreprises" Forum which will take place at the Hôtel Park'Inn in Nancy
on Thursday 14 February 2013 from 10 am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm
11, rue Raymond Poincaré
(in front of the railway station)
For more information about this forum click here.
Amaris will participate to the "Careers Forum" which will take place at EMLYON Business School on Monday 28 January 2013 from 9am to 5 pm.
23 Avenue Guy de Collongue
The Campus, building A, 1st floor
69134 ECULLY CEDEX
For more information about EMLYON Business School and "Careers Forum" by clicking here.
Amaris will participate to the Euromed Forum which will take place at Euromed management School in Marseille on Thursday 31 January 2013 from 12.30 pm to 6 pm.
Domaine de Luminy
Rue Antoine Bourdelle
From the 1st January 2013, Amaris Singapore welcomes you in its new offices:
The Octagon #11-16, 105 Cecil Street - Singapore, 069534
On 6th December 2012, the IPSA School held its Aeronautics and space employment forum. 33 companies of the sector came to meet IPSA’s students during this professional event.
Clément Mémain (IPSA’s promotion 2011), Amaris business unit manager talks about the importance of such gatherings: "Participating in forums of this kind is essential for companies. It allows us to identify the future recruits who will join our teams of consultants. We look for persons having a precise vision of the evolution of their career on the short, mid and possibly long run, even if the work market’s culture is not what it was years ago with the engineers and the consultants switching companies regularly. As consultant's job involves a great mobility, versatility and a cross-functional glance, it is rather mainstream. As such, the IPSA meets our expectations. "
To see the article, click here: http://blogs.ipsa.fr/2012/12/retour-sur-le-forum-des-metiers-de-laeronautique-et-de-lespace.html
Amaris services provide Austrian small businesses with greater access to IT infrastructure, platforms, and applications.
Founded in 2007, Amaris is a global IT consulting firm with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and more than 40 offices worldwide. In 2012, the company made its first strategic acquisition when it purchased Thales Information Systems Austria. The acquisition added a new dimension to Amaris, which had formerly focused on consultancy engagements, by providing access to expertise and assets in IT infrastructure and managed services, and in particular the deployment of virtual data centers.
The merger helped to fast-track the provider’s intention to offer cloud-based services to Austrian small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Arthur de Pauw, technical director at Amaris, says: “Austria is an SMB country. In the current climate, many do not have the capital reserves to invest in new technology every three or four years. Instead, their hardware refreshes are stretching to between seven and ten years. But they still have the same technology requirements that larger companies do, for example, high availability, speed, and round-the-clock service provision.”
Amaris was aware that Austrian SMBs could benefit greatly from software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) delivered on a per-user basis from the cloud. The issue was how to take such offerings to market in the most cost-effective and flexible way.
In 2009, Amaris became the first company in Austria to purchase Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS®) servers. Since then, the focus has been on developing Qloudwise, its unique cloud offering. To achieve this goal, Amaris has migrated applications and services to an end-to-end Cisco® CloudVerse data center architecture. This cloud delivery platform now consists of sixty-four UCS B230 and B200 and blade servers, powered by Intel Xeon processors. Cisco Nexus® 7000 Series and 5000 Series Switches form the data center connectivity platform, while VMware vSphere virtualization software and EMC VNX storage systems complete the package.
Amaris offers three varieties of IaaS. The most basic, which can be used for applications such as software testing and development, allows the customer to rent a single blade equipped with VMware software. The most popular model is a dedicated IaaS solution, where Amaris creates an entire virtual data center environment with multiple feeds and customized parameters to meet the unique requirements of each customer. The third option is a pay-as-you-go IaaS model, which customers can use as and when they need spare capacity, for example to deal with peaks in demand or disaster recovery situations.
With SaaS, the ability to define the characteristics of each UCS server using service profiles allows Amaris to offer a wide range of pre-packaged server and application bundles. These include web-based customer relationship management (CRM) application suites offered for a fixed fee per user per month, end-user backup services, or collaboration tool kits including customized mailbox sizes. A cloud-based HR software offer is in development. Amaris is also able to deliver service profiles aimed at specific industry sectors such as education, healthcare, or defense.
To grow with the Amaris business, the Cisco infrastructure is supported by a Cisco SMARTnet® technical services contract, and Amaris is using EasyLease financing from Cisco Capital® to help optimize its balance sheet by closely matching investment to the anticipated arrival of new revenue streams.
By leveraging Cisco CloudVerse technologies, Amaris is helping customers, particularly SMB IT specialists, free themselves of basic administration tasks and provide higher-value services to their businesses. “SMBs need to concentrate on what they are good at, which is not necessarily managing infrastructure and IT services,” says de Pauw. “It’s about putting cloud services in the hands of customers so they can develop innovative ways of working. Thanks to Cisco CloudVerse and Unified Data Center architecture, we can provide all the IT they need, fully managed, for a simple monthly fee.”
IaaS solutions from Amaris are also helping SMBs save money. Charitable organizations, for example, can use infrastructure on a pay-as-you-go basis to deal with campaign peaks, thereby growing charitable revenues by not having to pay for the same level of IT services all year round. Similarly, schools and colleges can reduce the amount that they pay for infrastructure during holidays.
This flexibility has allowed Amaris to make significant inroads into the SMB market, a sector the company had not previously been able to tap into in a major way. Along the way, it is also attracting larger customers. One of its partners, which traditionally helps with SAP software implementations, has been so impressed with the performance of SAP on Cisco UCS that it is now migrating all its systems to the Amaris cloud. Amaris is also looking to deploy a cloud-based mobile and managed print offering in conjunction with Xerox.
Other exciting Amaris innovations include an enterprise storage system similar to the popular web-based application, Dropbox. And it has been able to do this with unparalleled speed, efficiency, and flexibility. “With our previous platforms, it would have taken two hours to install and configure each server,” says de Pauw. “Now we can install an entire chassis and get eight blade servers up and running in the same time.”
Administration is simplified: engineers can carry out patches and upgrades either on the spot or remotely. As well as saving time and money for overtime payments, this newfound operational agility has improved employee satisfaction, because the Amaris IT technicians no longer have to work night shifts.
“Overall, with increased business volumes, our data center power consumption has risen slightly,” says de Pauw. “However, we now have 10 times the computing power we used to, so in real terms per-server power consumption has reduced considerably.” Combining the computing power with the Cisco UCS service profiles, Amaris can make better use of memory and CPU in each server cluster, leading to improved CPU utilization for each set of applications and successfully providing an efficient set of services to its customers.
For more on Cisco CloudVerse and Cisco Data Center solutions please go to: www.cisco.com/go/cloudverse
“Working as part of an association can teach a lot to someone who later starts his/her own company.”
An unrelenting passion for launching companies and international development led Olivier Brourhant (MBA 97), through various experiences, to create Amaris in 2007. Within five years, thanks to loyal customers such as Alstom, BNP Paribas, Telefonica, Novartis, the United Nations, Sanofi Pasteur and Veolia, the little management and high-tech consulting company has gained the status of its bigger competitors. “What thrills me,” explains Olivier Brourhant, “is starting from nothing, with brilliant people, seeing them grow - sometimes during difficult crises - and to continue developing the company...”
Were you already thinking about having such a dense “entrepreneurial life” when you were at EMLYON?
Olivier Brourhant: I mostly had a clear idea about what I didn't want to do. The MBA helped me to identify my weaknesses. I have always worked a lot for associations, in particular “Le Petit Paumé” at EMLYON, and it was one of the best learning experiences I've had. I have always wanted to manage projects and lead teams. During my MBA, I almost set up with another classmate a company whose concept resembled closely Expedia's. I then completed military service by volunteering outside of France for Altran (I was a manager who recruited teams for a profit centre), and after my service finished, I stayed on to take part in creating information systems. Then I launched, in the same sector, Axen in Belgium, which grew to 250 employees.
From then on, you concentrated all of your development on international markets?
O.B.: Yes, acquisitions, keeping an eye on certain areas within Europe, our development was constant, until in 2007, when I created Amaris. The big difference there was that the company was designed from the start to be international in nature. The consulting market is shared among a few countries where there are both very big and very small companies. At Amaris there were four of us five years ago; today there are 900 employees (45 nationalities) in 28 countries, and our growth rate is over 60% annually. Our staff is young; the average age is 27 years old. Our administrative and financial directors, who are Belgian and Spanish and EMLYON graduates, are 26 years old. The team has excellent qualifications: 98% of our employees have studied for many years in the different specializations that are necessary to solving problems in banking, health, the automotive and aeronautical industries, telecommunications, energy and transport. We were actually surprised to see the engineers' strong interest in having an international career.
Amaris started by offering organizational advice to the banking sector?
0.B.: Yes. That is why our headquarters are in Geneva. But from the beginning, we wanted to create a consulting company with expertise in several areas. We help our clients develop their technology projects, for example helping with the design of airplane wings in the aeronautical industry, or managing electromagnetic compatibility problems when placing GSM antennae in the subway... But it might also be managing the United Nations' information technology infrastructure in three different countries. We capitalize on our knowledge and mobilize our multidisciplinary teams. My job is to manage the company so that it remains independent and can decide its own future.
Do you think that your various activities in associations helped you when you started setting up companies?
O.B.: If I had not worked in different associations, I wouldn't be where I am today. I think that right now, we don't trust young people enough. I was 21 years old when I did my MBA. Today, that would be impossible. Even if I often did the opposite of what I was taught, the most important thing I learned is to learn. And young people today when they leave business school have a level far superior to what we had 15 years ago. But you can't learn at school how to be pragmatic.
Amaris will organize a job dating at ENSIMAG Grenoble in association with NSIGMA (ENSIMAG's junior company):
on the 13th December 2012 from 2 pm to 5 pm
Every student will have the possibility of having a couple of 10 minutes’ interviews, including 3 minutes of feedback.
More information about NSIGMA Junior Company by clicking here: https://www.nsigma.fr/
From the 1st January 2013, Amaris Barcelona welcomes you in its new offices:
Carrer de Guitard 43 5° 1ª - 08014 Barcelona
From the 10th of December 2012, Amaris Milano welcomes you in its new offices:
Via Ruggero Settimo, 4 - 20146 Milano
In regards to its partnership with EMLYON Business School, Amaris participated to the “Meet the Actors” session on Thursday, November 8th, 2012.
Olivier Brourhant presented his career and the Amaris Group to the international MBA and shared his experiences with the students, especially about entrepreneurship and management of international firms.
Amaris will organize a speed dating at INSA Lyon in association with ETIC Technologies (INSA's junior company):
on the 15th November 2012 from 3 pm to 7 pm
Every student will have the possibility of having a couple of 10 minutes’ interviews, including 3 minutes of feedback.
More information about ETIC Technologies et its partnership with Amaris by clicking here :
Amaris was present during the Gartner Summit 2012 : "IT Financial, Procurement & Asset Management" on October 10 & 11 in London.
On October 10, Steve Barraud, Purchasing Manager at Amaris, led a presentation on the following theme : "Manage New IT Procurement Challenges in Increasingly Complex Markets". This presentation told the story of how Amaris as a company took the decision to fully centralize its IT purchasing processes. Steve presented the lessons learned along the way, as well as the analysis of the quantified results that have been achieved - both expected and unexpected.
By Brendan, Amaris Consultant
Since the appearance of the first credit card, the payment has been democratized to become today one of the most used methods in the world. A major challenge in using a credit card is the security of data it entails. Major brands, which want to protect their image and reassure their customers, are increasingly sensitive to data protection. Brendan tells us about his project compliance according to the existing standard.
By Simonè, Amaris Consultant
Medical field require a lot in terms of safety standards. Complex and precise processes have to be enforced in order to test and verify hardware and software. Simone is defining which automatic protocols need to be implemented.