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Societe Generale speeds up its digital transformation with Microsoft

Issy-les-Moulineaux, 23rd September 2014 - Today, Societe Generale and Microsoft announced that they have signed a strategic partnership intended to speed up the banking group's digital transformation. The contract with Microsoft covers operations worldwide, providing Societe Generale Group employees with the latest in office applications (Office 365) and groupware (instant messaging, videoconferencing, document management, etc.). It also supplies employees with a touchscreen tablet that will help them take advantage of professional mobile solutions and gain access to online services and data in addition to Societe Generale applications. The first wave of 90,000 tablets will begin to be rolled out in the first quarter of 2015.

Societe Generale Group believes digital technology is a real catalyst for transforming both the banking relationship and the banking profession itself. It intends to call on all of its employees to speed up its digital transformation.
The agreement with Microsoft is part of this strategy: because of it, nearly 150,000 Societe Generale Group employees will have access to the latest applications, encouraging dialogue, fostering professional relationships, developing creativity among teams and improving the Group's performance.
This agreement falls under the framework of a general programme known as DigitForAll, which is intended to speed up the Bank's digital transformation while encouraging all employees to contribute to the process. DigitForAll involves deploying the latest generation of tablets, office solutions and groupware on workstations and adapting infrastructure and networks through actions such as installing WiFi in most Societe Generale Group offices. This programme also aims to lead a discussion on new professional uses for tablets and to develop an "SG Store" that uses a co-creation approach to offer new applications.
With the DigitForAll programme, Societe Generale Group intends to strengthen its leadership in terms of innovation and digital services, demonstrated by its position as top bank and No. 4 business on the "CAC 40 Digital Champions" ranking put together by Enjeux Les Echos magazine.

"For 150 years, innovation in the service of our clients has been part of Societe Generale's DNA. New technologies make it possible to enhance the relationship we maintain with our partners and employees, and to provide added value for the clients of all of the Group's businesses. The success of Boursorama, a leading online bank, ALD's innovative ALD New Mobility solution and the Societe Generale app, which has been recognized as the best banking app in the world, bears witness to Societe Generale Group's commitment to the digital era. The DigitForAll programme and Microsoft agreement will help the Group take another step forward in building the bank of tomorrow", said Françoise Mercadal Delasalles, Group Head of Corporate Resources and Innovation for Societe Generale Group.

"All companies today are facing digital challenges. In competition with other businesses, they must also meet increasingly high expectations on the part of their clients. Microsoft's unique positioning combines technological business expertise and in-depth knowledge of digital practices, making it possible for us to support all of Societe Generale's transformation projects for the last eight years," explained Nathalie Wright, Enterprise Partner Group Lead at Microsoft France. "Societe Generale's programme has been developed based on a comprehensive vision of digital technology. It attests to the fact that this technology is now a key factor for competitiveness and growth, and is able to meet the challenges of specific industries such as the banking sector."

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