Beyond the Cloud

Ceva believes the Internet and Mobility are reshaping completely Enterprise IT. Consumerization of IT is a trend nobody will escape. BYOD is already in, even in companies baning it.

Moreover, applying the same architectural principles to what made the Internet so successful and so cheap have the same effect on the enterprise.

For this reason, Ceva's IT is very similar to a consumer's IT : accessible from any Internet browser, on a PC, a Mac, an Android or iOS tablet or phone.

It's not only email, it's everything : ERP, Supply Chain, Industrial, R&D, HR, Finance, Sales, Marketing..

To achieve this,  Ceva Santé Animale's IT is using the Public Cloud (Google Apps, Amazon EC2, Intuit Quickbase, Smartsheet, Cornerstone Ondemand, Kyriba, VanguardSW, Cegedim SmartRH), the Private Cloud (Cheops Technology), and Infrastructure as a Service with virtualization in our datacenter. We also promote BYOD policies and let people access all Ceva applications (including legacy) from any device.

We call this "Beyond the Cloud". Indeed, all applications are accessible without VPN, on any device, without any software except a browser.
We let employees choose the browser of their choice and use their personal devices to access Ceva's IT.

Ceva's IT works with 

Any Device, Any Network

 Our Cloud Providers Our Legacy Systems on the Internet 
  • Google Apps
  • Intuit Quickbase
  • Amazon WS
  • Smarsheet
  • Ennov Pharmacovigilance
  • Cornerstone ondemand
  • Cegdim SRH
  • VanguardSW Forecast Server
  • Kyriba
  • Douanes Delta
  • Chemyss
  • Manage Engine
  • Alaloop
  • Mozy Pro
  • Cheops Technology (hosting & run management)
  • Oracle JD Edwards
  • Microstrategy
  • Ennov EDMS
  • Ennov Clinsight
  • (Oracle) Sun Identity Management
  • vdoc
  • Augeo
  • BO Financial
  • Oracle User Productivity Kit
  • EZ-Publish
  • Exalead Search & Mash-up
  • n-Skep Distribution Planning

Dear Suppliers,

Ceva Santé Animale sometimes buys some IT services and software. Reading the following will help you (as a potential supplier) see if your offers match our needs.

IT Strategy goals

We definitely want to build the most evolved IT system in the world, being as well the most inexpensive.

As well as your bank or government does not impose a desktop to access its services, and eventually proposes multiple possibilities, Ceva employees can access Ceva Information System from their personal iPhone, iPad, Mac, from their personal Android smartphone, tablet or Chromebook, from their personal Windows phone, tablet or PC. From a shared computer in a public place. From their Ceva device(s). From any internet connection. (Almost) without any pre-requisite. No VPN is required. No software install is required. Don't need to have administration rights on your machine.

Ceva software is hosted in our private datacenter or in suppliers datacenters or on the Cloud. It does not matter as soon as it is accessible from the Internet.

On top of usual IT Strategies (getting alignment between business and IT systems, keeping the Information System secure, available and reliable...), we weight much more compliance to the IT architecture strategy.

There is a common belief (and mistake) that IT in the enterprise should be different and more complex than IT at home. This leads to reinventing the wheel and paying the cost for it. Many companies build and roll-out the "Company PC" accessing the "Company applications" through the "Company Network". At Ceva, we do exactly the opposite : any device connected to any network can access Ceva apps and Cloud apps, independently from where servers are physically hosted.

In one word, the Ceva IT architecture strategy is to be compliant with the Internet architecture and to use it.

In other words : Any Device, Any Network, Any Application

If you are a software vendor, your software MUST have the following technical features to be fully compliant with Ceva IT strategy :
  • Internet only : we choose solutions that are compliant to Internet Standards and that we can access to with a browser
    • Means HTML/CSS/Javascript only
    • Means no (Rich) Client/Server, no Citrix or Terminal Server, no ActiveX, no Java applet, no flash (we can discuss this one), no install on the desktop
    • Means it works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Do It Yourself : we endorse solution that let users perform most of the management and customization
    • Means that IT can delegates to super users some administration
    • Means that empowered super users can manage themselves plenty of things such as authorizations, sharing, some configuration, creation of objects (a report, a team space...)

Our current main systems

Fully compliants (works on IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, iPad, Android tablets, are mobile and accessible from the Cloud)
  • ERP : JD Edwards, from Oracle
  • Business Intelligence : Microstrategy
  • CRM, online databases : Intuit Quickbase
  • Collaboration : Google Apps
  • Web : Ez-Publish
  • Document Management System : Ennov DMS and Dossier
Some restrictions
  • Financial consolidation : SAP BO Financial Performance (formerly Magnitude or Cartesis) - (IE only, not mobile)
  • Business Process : Vdoc - (not mobile)
  • LIMS : Watson (Client-Server, not accessible from the Cloud)
  • Several tools work only partially on Firefox or Chrome, such as JD Edwards.
Back-office technologies
  • Database : Oracle
  • Operating Systems : Windows Servers
  • Virtualization : VM-Ware
  • Archiving & Back-up : Tina
Desktops : Commoditization : Windows any version, Office any version, some Mac, iPad, Android tablets, iPhones, Android Smartphones, Blackberry, Windows mobile. As soon as it has a modern browser.

Our Cloud Providers

They offers services that are used across Ceva worldwide or in Headoffice
  • Software as a Service :
  • Platform as a Service :
    • Intuit - Quickbase,
    • Google Apps used to build small applications such as spreadsheets with scripts,
  • Infrastructure as a Service :
    • Cheops Technology - Hosting, Disaster Recovery and Technical Services on JD Edwards
    • We virtualized quite all servers using VM-Ware, making infrastructure provisionning fast, cheap and easy, and reducing dramatically the number of physical servers
    • Amazon EC2 is where we host our intranet and internet services