Ceva makes intensive use of Cloud technologies, on any layer of the IT architecture. But more important, we define our IT as being "Beyond the Cloud", as we apply to all Ceva software assets some of the Cloud software principles, mainly about their accessibility on any device from any network.
The main driver is : give access to all applications of the Information System through any browser without the need for a VPN. Like for any app on the Internet, our business applications are all "public" (they require authentication), and users can use pretty much any device to access them.
Cloud software is an industrial revolution. One of the best benefit for IT is that it is always up-to-date. Lastest version. At Ceva, we intensively use Cloud software, such as Google Apps (collaboration and office suite) or Quickbase (databases), Kyriba (cash management) or Cornerstone on Demand (HR), from large suppliers such as Google, or from small players such as Smartsheet or AODocs.
Users can access these software from pretty much all devices. Professional devices, personal devices, mobile devices.
Plaftforms allow to quickly build new applications. Ceva has 200+ apps that were built in a matter of days or weeks using platforms. The 3 platforms we use daily are Google Apps - all tighed up with some scripting, Quickbase - for more serious online databases such as CRM, and AODocs - for Document centric applications
When there is no software that does it on the cloud, we have to host software we build or software we buy on servers. We are using the biggest IaaS providers on the marketplace to host our web sites for marketing and communication, for some intranet features. For our ERP, we have selected a datacenter supplier (Cheops Technology) who also provides services on the JD Edwards platform, and have a half shared / half dedicated infrastructure.
Most companies define hardware and software standards for their desktops. And provide a company network, which is either an expensive rented network such as MPLS, or a bunch of VPN and firewalls they manage themselves to create a large "safe" perimeter. We chose not to do so, as not only it reduces dramatically the mobility of workers, but also it is proven less secure than it should be, as the bigger the company is, the more difficult it becomes to protect the perimeter.
We also makes no assumption on the access device. Indeed, the PC era is maybe finished, and Windows is now an OS among others. iOS, Android, Chrome OS...
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.
We definitely want to build the most evolved IT system in the world.
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 :
On top of the benefits for users and for Ceva IT, these systems are also often less expensive globally for Ceva IT.
Ceva other web technologies
They are accessible from the cloud, without VPN, even if hosted, and work on IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, iOS&Android tablets or phones
Our desktops are not from a given brand and not with a single OS : Commoditization : Windows any version, Office any version, some Mac, iPad, Android tablets, iPhones, Android Smartphones, Blackberry, Windows mobile. We also have some Chromebook and Chromebox for meetings.
As soon as the device has a modern browser, it works in Ceva. Using personal devices is authorized.